How to Find BIPOC & Women Speakers for Your Legal Tech or Innovation Event

Here is an easy-to-follow, 3-step guide to help you diversify your next legal tech or innovation conference, panel, bar association meeting, CLE, or other event.

(I hope it goes without saying that there is much more to diversity, equity, and inclusion than just inviting BIPOC and women innovators to speak at your event. That’s just the part Reinventing Justice can help with.)

The legal innovators included on Reinventing Justice are people who are actually doing things in a new way. They aren’t just talking about innovation; they are actually doing the hard work so they can talk to your audience based on their hard-won experience.

2. Click the Highlighter Buttons to See BIPOC & Women Innovators

To highlight BIPOC and women innovators in the list, just click on those buttons.

Screenshot of the BIPOC & women filters.

(There is also a button to highlight non-binary innovators, but as of this writing there aren’t any in the database so the button is not visible. I’m sure that will change soon!)

3. Contact Innovators You’d like to Have at Your Event

Each innovator’s page has links to organizations they are associated with, their Twitter profile if they have one, and other profile pages. You should be able to find their contact information by following those links.

Before you send a message, take at least a few minutes to learn a bit about the innovator and their work. (Also, this is just my 2¢, but if you are charging admission for your event I think you should offer to pay your speakers.)

Once you are familiar with the innovator and their work and you have a good idea of how they might contribute to the success of your event, get in touch and see if they are interested. Hopefully they say yes!

Have a Great Event!

That’s all there is to it. Reinventing Justice makes it easy to find BIPOC and women innovators who can speak at your event. (Assuming you are also doing the rest of the hard work on diversity, equity, and inclusion.) The list of innovators here is a work in progress. That means when you come back for your next event, there will probably be new innovators to meet.

Finally, if Reinventing Justice helped you plan your event, I would love to hear about it on Twitter!

Published on March 26th, 2021. Last updated on January 11th, 2022, by Sam Glover.