Frustrated by hearing that conference organizers couldn’t find Black speakers — and the fact that they were seeking them out at the last minute to speak during Black History Month for free — Madison Butler invited Black speakers to drop their contact information into her LinkedIn feed in November of 2021. The list in her feed grew exponentially in a matter of days and quickly led her to create two resource directories — the Black Speakers Collection and Black Executives Collection — now numbering more than 3,000 members.
“It’s going so well,” Butler, founder of HR and DEI consultancy Blue Haired Unicorn and a PCMA Educon 2022 keynote speaker, told Convene when we checked in with her in late January. “We have a LinkedIn audio series now called ‘The Clap Back’ and it will be announced as a podcast next month!”
Read the story of how it began by clicking the link: A New Resource Directory of — and for — Black Speakers