Speaker Diversity Network

Future of London’s Speaker Diversity Network is a group of leading individuals and organisations bringing new voices to the urban debate. ‘Highly Commended’ in 24Housing’s 2019 Diversity Awards, the network promotes under-represented groups, makes it easy to diversify speaker panels, and is free to use thanks to supporters like L&Q, NPS Group and Avison Young. If you’d like to partner in this game-changing initiative, get in touch.

Professional development

Showcase: 3 slides, 3 minutes!

If you’d like to be in our Speaker Bank but don’t yet have a track record, you can submit a video, but we recommend joining one of FoL’s free Speaker Showcases. These 3-minute, 3-slide talks are a great opportunity for small-group peer support, mentoring and skills development in an atmosphere that will challenge and encourage you.

Professional skills coaching

If you want something more directed, we offer half-day executive-level workshops with a top coach. These small-group sessions cover all aspects of presenting, from prep, body language and voice to using visuals and fielding difficult questions. Participants receive quality, targeted advice and feedback. These are paid sessions, but participants benefit from a significant FoL discount.

Find out when the next showcase or presentation skills coaching is on our events page

Join the Speaker Bank or find a speaker

More and more event hosts are keen to diversify their rosters and find speakers with a fresh take, but may not know where to look. Future of London’s Speaker Bank responds to this challenge with a growing network of practitioners we can recommend to speak at events across the sector.

We sort by expertise, vet their speaking skills through our professional development workshops and connect with event organisers.

The free matching service also provides a platform for practitioners who are keen to speak and would benefit from a boost in visibility and on-stage experience.

Complete the application form to find a speaker for your event or email diversity@futureoflondon.org.uk to join the Speaker Bank yourself.

Sign the Diversity Pledge

The Speaker Diversity Pledge, supported by the Mayor of London, is made by organisations and individuals. Signatories commit to at least two of the following:

  • Avoid participating in sessions which feature only one demographic group
  • Put forward speakers from under-represented groups to represent their organisation, including at senior levels and across disciplines
  • Hold public-facing events which include under-represented groups as speakers
  • Encourage organisations they work with to host diverse events
  • As a speaker/chair, join the Speaker Bank to help increase the pool of voices

Sign the Pledge here. If you can’t access Google Forms, you can download and complete this word version: word version and email to diversity@futureoflondon.org.uk.

Diversity Pledge e-badge

Pledge signatories can show support with a Diversity Network e-badge on websites and email signatures. Contact us for the relevant full-size image file.

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diversity pledge ebadge

Join the discussion on Twitter – #DiversityPledgeLDN

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