My Pledge


Role Models for the future

My Pledge is an initiative aimed at ensuring more diversity at public events in line with the recent #NoWomenNoPanel initiative .

Become involved

Keep advocating for gender balance at public forums. Actively encourage diversity by sponsoring unusual suspects

Why My Pledge?

The absence of gender diversity at public professional forums does not reflect economic reality. The lack of diversity limits the quality of the conversation and potential outcomes. Fewer women as role models implies fewer female attendees which perpetuates the vicious cycle. Fewer men talking about childcare, part time working and other related topics are also highlighting a lack of diversity. That is why we created a speaker group for progressive men.

How does it work?

As business and political leaders, we pledge that whenever we are invited to a public speaking event, we will inquire about the organiser’s efforts to ensure gender diversity as detailed on the right.

Pledgers will also actively encourage less experienced speakers to take the stage by referring them to Equilibre and by proposing them to the event organisers.

The Pledge

I pledge to advocate for gender diversity on panels and at public speaking events by asking the following questions when organising an event, attending an event (speaker or attendee) and sponsoring an event:

  • Have you thought about gender diversity at the event and has the organiser taken any steps to ensure such a diversity

  • If the event has no diversity, I will either propose speakers or put the organiser in touch with Equilibre to find alternatives or additional speakers

  • As an ambassador to the program, I will strive to highlight events when I come across them without diversity to Equilibre so Equilibre can get in touch with the organiser and advocate for diversity

  • I will try to help my fellow pledgers to find suitable candidates for speaking engagements and endorse young talented, lesser known speakers and subject matter experts if possible

  • I am outspoken about the overall benefits of more gender diversity at public events

Who do we encourage to take the pledge ?

  • Women and Men - Public speakers

  • Companies hosting and organising events

  • Attendees – to highlight events where there is no gender diversity

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Equilibre will support pledgers by

  • Maintaining a database of alternate speakers and subject matter experts

  • Working with organisers to ensure gender diversity

  • Proposing public speaking courses for subject matter experts and young talent

Stand out of the crowd!

Show your support by wearing our pin!!

Interested? Be part of the change by filling in the form.

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