We don’t need experts on stages.

★ jennifer ★
Apr 9, 2017 · 1 min read

There are many instances in the world where women (and POC) were not granted an opportunity due to bias. Shaking off bias, educating the industry and community takes time. Some speakers — male / female / blue / green / brown / purple / white / mixed / rich / poor / privileged / variety of abilities / survivors / etc — will bring a unique voice and perspective and, because their voice wasn’t given an opportunity to be heard before, they may falter. As my friend Jonathan Snook tweeted recently, “You don’t need to be an expert to share. You’re allowed to make mistakes.” We don’t need experts on stages. We need diversity. We don’t need the same freaking voices all the time. We need everyone to get up and share, because each and every person can (and should!) contribute. We need to open ugly minds to imagine an inclusive, compassionate world.

Personally, I’d prefer to hear someone new who was mentored by someone who spoke before. THAT’s what ought to be happening. Hey, experts, choose some people who haven’t spoken before and mentor them.

Leave this world better than you found it.

Image for post
Image for post

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch

Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore

Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store