The Lean Startup Conference is committed to creating an event that is inclusive and accessible.
While we are actively working to include a wide variety of viewpoints and experiences by being intentionally inclusive with our calls for speakers, sponsors, registration, and volunteers, we know that it is also critical that we create an environment that is specifically welcoming to people from communities that have been traditionally marginalized and excluded including, but not limited to, People of Color, disabled people/people with disabilities, LGBTQI people, religious minorities, and women.
People from diverse and marginalized communities are used to being asked to attend events to “create diversity” without actually being made intentionally welcome, or having their perspectives centered or reflected in leadership or from the stage. The Lean Startup Conference is committed to giving more than just lip service to diversity, inclusion, and accessibility, including investments of time and money to earn the participation of a truly diverse group.
There are amazing ideas and information outside of our own experiences. By having speakers and attendees from very different backgrounds and experiences, we learn different approaches to problem-solving, and we gain perspectives we could never have accessed otherwise. The more inclusive and accessible the conference is, the better and the conference will be.
Creating intentionally diverse, inclusive, and accessible spaces is critical to building a future where diversity, inclusion, and accessibility are expected, celebrated, and affirmed. That is a future that we are committed to helping create.
Our efforts toward creating an environment that welcomes and fosters inclusivity and accessibility include: