Got a notice today of an upcoming conference being put on by IMS Global called the Learning Impact Leadership Institute. I went to check out the website to find out more about the conference and saw the lineup of the eight confirmed plenary speakers.
Yep. All white. All male.
Now, just to be clear, this has nothing to do with who is on the panel. I don’t know any of these men personally, although there are names I certainly recognize and people whose work I follow. So, I don’t want this to come across as a criticism of the people in the photos or their work. It is definitely not that.
But it is a criticism of the event and the organizers who, in this day and age, cannot seem to find a single woman or person of colour to include.
In this case, I find the offense even more egregious because this event is being presented as a leadership event, and the message this sends is that the only people who are eligible to become members of the edtech leadership elite are white men.
That message gets reinforced even stronger when you scroll to the bottom of the page and see who the organizers have decided to include as representatives to provide testimonials about the conference.
Yep, three more white guys (again…this is not a criticism of these individuals).
This conference is a definite candidate for the All Male Panels Tumbler (thanks Tara for reminding me).
We need to do better.