Travel Costs for New Speakers

$1,175 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 3 months
Annie Pettit  Toronto, ON
Stop the single gender panels!

While recruiting people who had never spoken at a conference before, I was disappointed that some potential speakers with the most innovative topics wouldn't even submit a proposal. They had zero money to travel to the venue. 

Conference speakers tend to be the same people all the time because only large companies can afford to pay the travel costs. And, those people tend to reflect similar backgrounds and experiences, with little diversity. We can help grow the speaker base to reflect the unique diversity that exists in the market research industry. 

My goal is to raise money to get new speakers on the marketing research stage, especially those who have no company backing or who are too junior to be chosen. 

Speakers who receive your funding must meet specific criteria:
- They should reflect a different background and experience than the people who are usually on stage. Diversity of age, gender, ethnicity, and more matters. 
- They should represent a small company that can't be expected to afford such travel,  or a social/charitable  organization
- They should have no or minimal experience speaking at conferences
- They should be part of the market research, or related, industry 

Right now, one very worthy candidate is anxious to receive funding. She meets all of these criteria and is having difficulty getting funds together to have her unique voice heard on stage. Please fund her!


If we beat the goal, we can fund even more new speakers. Let's do this!
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Update 3
Posted by Annie Pettit
1 month ago
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Woo hoo! We've now funded one speaker to attend and speak at a research conference! Our first recipient was a part of the New Speaker Track at IIeX Europe in February and she did a great job! I'm really proud of her.

It's time to keep the momentum going to make sure that brand new speakers who don't have a company to back them financially can still afford to attend and speak at conferences. Get your credit card out and donate $1, or $5, or even $1000!

Let's get the solopreneur experts in virtual reality, tech, gamification, big data and more out of their garages and onto the stage!

Donate now. Please? Pretty please! :)
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Update 2
Posted by Annie Pettit
2 months ago
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We have just about raised the funds required to help our first speaker. Here's a personal note from her. I can tell just how excited and thankful she is.


"Thank you to everyone who has donated or taken any action to support the new research speakers track. It means a lot to see all your encouragement, particularly as someone just starting out! Everyone's enthusiasm and passion for the field is infectious, I look forward to getting to meet some of you, and to learn more about the industry!
I cannot wait to pay this forward and create more opportunities for other new research speakers to be supported, mentored and encouraged!

THANKSSSSS :))"
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Update 1
Posted by Annie Pettit
3 months ago
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Thank you Lenny for being the very first donor. I know the first recipient will be massively grateful, and I'm grateful to you for seeing how important this is. I'm so very happy!
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$1,175 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 27 people in 3 months
Created January 19, 2017
$100
Lenny Murphy
3 months ago
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2

Awesome idea!

RP
$50
Ray Poynter
2 months ago
1
1

Good work Annie

DH
$50
David Handel
3 months ago
1
1

Bravo!

ML
$25
Mariann Lowery
3 months ago
1
1

What a wonderful idea! Thanks for starting something great! I hope to personally meet you at one one of the MR events this year!

JK
$50
Jutta Kristen
3 months ago
1
1

very good initiative. Make it happen!

$25
Gary Kromer
3 months ago
1
1

I was once a newbie but back in the day when company saw positive value in speaker publicity. Well worth getting new speakers and ideas out there. I'd have donated more but now retired unless a project pops up. Hope the Canadian dollar is doing okay because wouldn't let me pay in US $.

LS
$25
Layla Shea
3 months ago
1
1

Nice work Annie! I know I sure would have appreciated this the first time I spoke.

PW
$25
Patrice Wooldridge
3 months ago
1
1

Great work Annie! Let's help give everyone a voice.

CR
$100
Circle Research
3 months ago
1
1

Great idea - look forward to hearing the first speaker!

JF
$10
Justin Fromm
3 months ago
1
1

I'm glad to have another outlet to push for more inclusion in research.

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