Coffee and gender diversity

Here at QSIDE, we wake up early, drink coffee, and write these:

Hi organizers [of a one-day conference],

Thanks so much for organizing this event. I know it takes a lot of work to pull it off.

I do want to bring up one concern. If I am wrong in my assessment, please forgive me and ignore the rest of this email, but it seems all the speakers are men. It’s disappointing to see the many excellent not-men excluded from participating as speakers, and moreover, it sends a really discouraging message to any attendees who aren’t men.

I hope you might find a way to bring gender diversity to your set of speakers. There are lots of great, effective practices for speaker selection that would result in a more gender-diverse program.

Thanks for hearing me out on this, and thanks again for the work you do to put it all together.

Cheers,
Chad