23Sep

Six Ways to Score that Ticket to Attend a Lesbians Who Tech Summit

Read the complete post on Medium: bit.ly/WAYSTOSCOREATICKETTOLWTSUMMIT

On the surface, summits and conferences can sometimes look hard to finance and afford. Here are a few options on how to attend a summit without causing a financial strain (because we want you to be here!):

1) Get your company to sponsor (your ticket cost: free)

We’ve put together some pretty awesome sponsorship packages, and they all include complimentary tickets for employees! The Summit is a fantastic opportunity for recruiting (well hello, women and LGBT people!), and to highlight diversity at your company.

HOW TO DO IT: Email your diversity officer or recruiting manager, and introduce them to Leanne who’s working with companies to get them connected. If you’d like an email template to get the conversation started, please Email Patty Busby at patty@lesbianswhotech.org.

2) Have your company buy a pack of tickets (your ticket cost: free)

If you know a few other queer women or allies who would want to come to the Summit, join up and get your company to get a pack of tickets!

  • Pack of 5 tickets: 15% discount
  • Pack of 10 tickets: 20% discount

HOW TO DO IT: Email your ERG group, get a bunch of people together, and get your discount! Email Patty Busby at patty@lesbianswhotech.org for your group’s discount code.

3) Get your company to reimburse you for professional development (your ticket cost, you guessed it: free)

HOW TO DO IT: email your boss and tell them that this is the ONLY event for queer women and tech, and you need to go for professional development! No HR person in their right mind would say no to an LGBTQ professional development event!

4) Crowd fundraise through Indiegogo (your ticket cost: free)

HOW TO DO IT: Set up an Indiegogo account, make a video about the reasons you would like to go to the summit, and then mass disseminated through social media. Post to your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr. Ask your yoga community, the cute #queermo at your favorite coffee shop, your librarian, startup friend, wealthy grandma, Daatch/Tinder date, and best friend! Need suggestions on how to be successful? Check out this successful Indiegogo campaign by 2016 San Francisco summit attendee Jae Sung, who was looking for a job coming into the summit, fundraised to get there, and came out with a job at Twitter!

5)  Buy Early Bird Prices (your ticket cost: cheap!)

Ticket prices only go up with time. At the current moment, the cost of a summit ticket is $349, with one more price increase before the event. HOW TO DO IT: Buy tickets here.

6)  Apply for Scholarship funds

If the options above don’t work, apply for a scholarship. We’re offering a limited number of scholarships to people who are cash strapped: startupers, students… even people who can barely afford living in SF!  Apply for a scholarship and we can try to work something out.

HOW TO DO IT: fill out the scholarship application.