Inclusivity Statement ⋆ [FinCon]

Inclusivity

Statement

We stand with BIPOC and other marginalized personal finance content creators. We value their input and involvement in the FinCon Community, and we support their efforts in seeking equality. 

FinCon is actively addressing change in the following areas:

COMMUNICATION & TRANSPARENCY

We commit to communicating more frequently and with more transparency so that the FinCon Community and attendees have more understanding and clarity about our event, processes, values, and team.

DIVERSE REPRESENTATION

We commit to including more diverse voices in our decision making, in our content, on our stages, and attending our event.

CULTURAL AWARENESS & SENSITIVITY

We commit to educating ourselves on injustices to historically marginalized people and holding ourselves, the event, and the community to a higher standard.

AS A STARTING POINT, WE COMMIT TO THE FOLLOWING ACTION STEPS

  • In order to more adequately reflect the United States population as defined by the 2019 census, we will work to include at least 40% BIPOC speakers on all FinCon stages by the end of 2021. (For reference: At #FinCon19, 50% of FinCon breakout session speakers were female and 20% were BIPOC. On the main stage at #FinCon19, 80% of main stage speakers were female and 40% were BIPOC.)
  • Dedicate at least 40% of FinCon scholarships to content creators who represent or serve marginalized communities
  • Host virtual FinCon events so that FinCon is accessible to anyone, anywhere
  • Provide any accommodations required for people with disabilities or others who require accommodation.
  • Beginning with #FinCon2021, we will ask questions about diversity at the point of registration or via survey so we can have a better understanding of the demographics of the FinCon Community

CONTINUED EFFORTS

  • Continue to utilize an open submission process for breakout session speakers where anyone from inside or outside the FinCon Community can apply to speak
  • Continue to create space for community-driven meetups (un-conferencing) which allow FinConners to create their own diverse groups for networking and conversations at the event and beyond
  • Continue to partner on community service projects with a focus on serving underserved or marginalized communities
  • Continue to facilitate one-on-one mentoring, which supports new attendees by providing relationship-building opportunities with more experienced attendees

Future Goals & Action Steps

Additionally, we will also be addressing the following:

  • Main stage speaker compensation
  • How we will make space for non-partisan political conversations about money
  • Other ways to make the FinCon Community and event more inclusive