Let me start by saying I’ve always loved Twiistup. It was the first major tech conference I ever attended, and it’s an annual affair I always look forward to. I love how LA-centric it is, and how I always walk away with tons of renewed relationships, new contacts and interesting ideas. And, let me also preface this by saying that I am a big fan of the work that this year’s organizer Patrick Vlaskovits is doing. I also think this year’s lineup of speakers and advisors has some really interesting names, and some people whose work I truly admire.
Now, let me also say this: WTF Twiistup? What could possibly have possessed you to post a full lineup of speakers that does not include a single woman. I know the line for the ladies bathroom at last year’s conference got a little long at times, but this is no remedy. In fact, it’s a bit of an embarrassment. For a conference that prides itself on being “LA’s biggest technology and startup event” the exclusion of all the fantastic females doing amazing things in the LA tech scene is pretty ridiculous.
Now, I’m not going to say women deserve equal time on Twiistup’s agenda — or on any conference agenda for that matter — just because we were born with lady parts. My stance has always been to give the women who work as hard and as well as the men the same privileges and publicity that the men get. And this lineup, with its woeful exclusion of every single well-qualified, well-spoken woman in the LA tech scene, falls sadly short of accomplishing that. If there were a shortage of local women who could stand proudly and deservedly alongside the fantastic men on the speakers list, then I would say that Twiistup is justified in its decisions. But, there’s certainly no shortage of those women in tech or in LA.
In fact, I’d venture to say that even within my own rolodex, I could name multiple women whose accomplishments and speaking abilities are equal to or better than those of the guys on the current list of speakers. They’re all LA-based, and I bet most of them would be more than willing to appear at Twiistup.
So Twiistup, I can only assume that you neglected to include any of those amazing women because you just didn’t have their contact info. After all, that’s really the only valid excuse for posting a full conference lineup sans any females. And hey, that’s a problem I’ll happily help you remedy. Since I’m such a big fan of the work your organizers are doing and the work they’ve done in the past, I’ll be more than happy to turn over all the contact info you need. All I ask in return is that you make sure the ladies room is well stocked this year.