At TEDGlobal this year, TED producer June Cohen posed a question that has her stumped: Where are the women speakers?
She’s been asking this question since before she joined TED, and at the TEDx Workshop at TEDGlobal, she explained why she’s still asking it now. The main reason, she believes, is that women are more likely to say no. When turning down an offer to speak, women often say “I’m not ready,” citing a lack of experience or under-developed research.
There are plenty of other reasons as well, from different leadership styles to skewed recommendations, but, here, June offers three tactics to help change the ratio.
Below, June explains how we’re solving this imbalance here at TED:
Plus, a few other highlights from the TEDx Workshop at TEDGlobal:
- TED Curator Chris Anderson explains what makes a great talk, great.
- TED Content Director Kelly Stoetzel shares how TED and TEDx communities are built.
- TEDxBrookhouseSchool organizer Joyce Gacheru tells the story of hosting a TEDxYouth event in Nairobi, and the community that grew out of it.
- TEDxYale organizer Diana Enriquez offers tips for university TEDx events.
- TEDxJNJ organizer Steve Garguilo explains how TEDx can change a workplace.