Rethinking Diversity: Transforming event stages for Real Representation

Join our Lunch and Learn series where you’ll gain valuable insights, hints and tips, and hear from industry experts as they share best practice.
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29 May 2024 13:00 - 13:45 GMT
Open to all


Lauralee Whyte founder of Spectrum Speakers hosts this fascinating session, helping us to understand the difference between Diversity and Representation and why the latter will elevate your events to new levels. 

We will look at the key practices of making event stages more inclusive through the lens of booking speakers for events. Whether you're curating online, hybrid, in-person talks and panels – Lauralee will share tips on best practise for increasing diverse speaker representation looking at the process end to end; from early planning stages and briefing all the way to the live event.

The Lunch and Learn will be a safe space to ask any difficult questions.

About Lauralee Whyte

Lauralee is the founder of Spectrum Speakers & Entertainers, a groundbreaking agency bringing diverse talent and inclusive practices to the events industry.  With more than 15 years of experience in the field, including 7 years as a speaker consultant, Lauralee recognized the urgent need for a significant transformation in the standard profile and format of speaker line-ups across events.

Motivated by the lack of diverse keynote speakers and entertainers being represented, Lauralee took the initiative to spearhead the change. In 2021, she launched Spectrum as the first agency in the UK with a dedicated focus on representation. 

Since its inception, Spectrum has had the privilege of collaborating with renowned brands and events such as Microsoft, Spotify, PWC, and The Times.

Spectrum Speakers & Entertainers offers a comprehensive consultancy service for event planners. The agency prides itself on representing extraordinary speakers, forward thinkers, and entertainers who excel in their respective fields.

Event industry expertise spanning across Business, Tech, Finance, AI, Marketing, Advertising, Lifestyle, Organisational Culture.

Lauralee is a regular voice at industry events and podcasts advocating for intentional representation for all and is a Board Member for Deaf Rave and a committee member for The Baton Awards and consultant for pioneering global insight study “We Can’t All Be Lying” for It Takes A Village Collective which looks at the impact of Black Women in Advertising and Media.

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