Thank you for sharing, Natalie.
You’re spot on about diversity being more than about a race/age/gender/religion mix…or at least “diversity” alone is a first gen approach to addressing exclusive, poor (and dangerous) cultural norms.
The real goal is BELONGING— that sense of safety that everyone should have at a conference. And, any conference that professes to have a code of conduct to ensure diversity & inclusivity, should absolutely take note of (and avoid) those who FAIL to represent a value they say they uphold. Otherwise, what the hell is the point?