Global CFP Diversity Day

Zendesk, 55 Charlemont Pl, Saint Kevin's, D02 F985, Dublin
Sat, 02nd Mar 2019 11:00 till 14:30

Workshop details All Levels


Are you a member of an underrepresented or marginalised group?

Have you always wanted to become a tech conference speaker?

Let 2019 be the year that you make that dream a reality!

✌️In a partnership with Intercom, Zendesk, and Voxgig

❗ Sign up both for drinks (March 1st) and workshop (March 2nd). All mentors and participants are welcome to both!


Date: March 1st Time: 7pm Location: Intercom HQ Address: 2nd Floor Stephen Court, 18-21 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, D02 N960

  • 7pm - How to prepare & deliver a conference talk by Evelyn Clinton, Editor & Content Producer, Intercom who prepares Intercomrades who speak at Inside Intercom!
  • 7:20pm - Drinks - people can meet and get to know each other, so that they feel more comfortable on the next day during the workshop & mentoring πŸ’–


Date: March 2nd Time: 11am Location: Zendesk HQ Address: 55 Charlemont Pl, Saint Kevin's, Dublin, D02 F985

  • 11:00 - Registration + β˜•
  • 11:15 - Welcome note by Sheeka Patak, Senior Software Engineer, Zendesk
  • 11:20 - Success Story: last year's mentee Luminita Birnicu & her mentor Vessy Tasheva
  • 11:40 - Picking the subject of your talk
  • 12:10 - Writing a talk proposal for conferences' CFP (Call For Speakers)
  • 12:40 - Lunch break
  • 13:20 - How to craft your bio by Vessy Tasheva, Founder of & Author of "2019 Diversity in the Workplace Report" (followed by brainstorming session)
  • 13:40 - Panel discussion: how to prepare for your talk + Q&A
  • 14:30 - End

Why join the workshop?

The workshop will have experienced speakers on hand to:

  • give you a warm, inclusive welcome in a safe space (check out our Code of Conduct which all participants must adhere to)
  • mentor you with your proposal
  • provide speaking advice
  • and share their enthusiasm to get you to the stage!

Why mentor?

Probably the best way to champion Diversity & Inclusion - by empowering people, encouraging them to speak up! πŸ—£

  • Help people grow into influencers and leaders by becoming speakers
  • Empower people from underrepresented groups by sharing your experience as a speaker
  • guide them and boost their confidence to speak up and do so in front of a big audience!

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Thank you

Zendesk for Hosting

Our Company

At Zendesk, our goal is to help bring companies and their customers closer together. We know that communication is the key to happy relationships, so we build cloud-based customer service software that makes customer conversations easy and more productive.

Our Product

Zendesk is a beautifully simple customer service platform. It enables companies to provide great customer support, scale with self-service options, and differentiate with proactive engagement. The result is customer relationships that are more meaningful, personal, and productive β€” all at a lower cost.

Want to sponsor us?

Contact Vessy Tasheva at


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Q. A lot of our events are female-friendly events, we have enquiries asking if other genders are welcome as well?

YES. You are welcome. Events we run or partner in are diversity friendly.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

Who are the mentors?

More about Global Diversity CFP Day:

Venue accessability

Refunds (Only applicable if this is a PAID event)

Full refunds until 24 hours before the event.

If there are not enough people signed up to the event, I will be in touch to refund you.

If you have any other questions

You can contact Vessy Tasheva by emailing .


Allen Thomas Varghese

Experienced software engineer with experience in healthcare, innovation, e-learning and community engagement. Speaker at technology events, organises workshops for promoting Python programming and supports community events around entrepreneurship & idea generation. Learning junkie and productivity addict.

Lumi Birnicu

Software Engineer @ Zendesk

Ntsoaki Phakoe

Highly motivated, determined and experienced Career Coach. Worked in healthcare, education, coaching, recruitment, training, HR, leading and communication. Passionate about personal development, psychology, positive psychology, emotional intelligence, women empowerment, diversity and inclusion.

Serena Fritsch

Web Frontend Developer at Storyful

General software developer with a strong interest in data analytics, data visualisations and data science. Strong work ethics combined with highly developed skills working in small teams.

Sheeka Patak

I'm an engineer at Zendesk and I'm really passionate about promoting minorities and tech.

Vessy Tasheva

Founder of β€’ Author of "2019 Diversity in the Workplace Report: β€’ Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

Vicky Twomey-Lee

Pythonista, but normally found organising various tech events, and now heavily involved in diversity initiatives like Coding Grace, PyLadies Dublin, and Women in Technology and Science (WITS Ireland).


Vessy Tasheva ||

About Coding Grace

Coding Grace are a group of developers based in Ireland who love to code and do other geeky and not necessarily crafty activities. Some of us code full-time, or just for fun (or both). We have people who are part of other technical user groups such as Dublin ALT.NET, GameCraft, Python Ireland, Ruby Ireland and more…
We provide female-friendly workshops and events in an environment for developers and aspiring developers mentored by majority female instructors.
We aim to provide a support network for people from all backgrounds and hope our outreach will help bring those who are interested in code development together and learn from one another.