A GUIDE TO CROWDFUNDING YOUR WONDER WOMEN TECH CONFERENCE TRAVEL EXPENSES
We have gathered some tips and tricks from members of the Wonder Women Tech network who have successfully raised their own registration fee, hotel stay and even travel expenses using crowdfunding!
We’ve interviewed a handful of past Wonder Women Tech conference attendees for their best guidance, tips and practices to help you through your journey to Wonder Women Tech.
CHOOSE YOUR PLATFORM
TELL YOUR STORY
= LOOK INWARD TO SHARE OUTWARD.
Ask yourself these questions: What drove me to apply to attend Wonder Women Tech? Why will this experience be important to me? What is the change I want to see in the world and how am I dedicated to seeing that to fruition? How will Wonder Women Tech help me make this happen?
= SHARE KEY LIFE MOMENTS.
Think about an inflection point or an experience that makes you who you are and share it!
= MAKE YOUR STORY THEIR STORY.
Attending Wonder Women Tech to catalyze personal and professional growth is less about you than it is about the people you are driven to serve during your lifetime. Bring their story into your story. Who are you here to help and empower?
= BE AUTHENTIC.
Crafting an authentic and genuine appeal to communicate your goals is the first step in crowdfunding.
SHARE WONDER WOMEN TECH’S STORY
You know what Wonder Women Tech is, but your potential backers may not know what the program is all about!
Here are a few bullet points to help you promote your fundraiser, that can help you communicate the unique experience of the Wonder Women Tech Diversity & Inclusion in STEAM Conference. Feel free to copy and paste to your campaign page!
= Wonder Women Tech (WWT) is an organization that produces year-round programming and national and international conferences that highlight, educate, and celebrate women and diversity in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), innovation and entrepreneurialism.
= WWT conferences and programming offer a variety of speakers, panel discussions, coding classes, workshops, hackathons, community inclusion activities, thought leadership, and other dynamic programming geared towards empowering women, girls, people of color, the underrepresented, and diverse communities.
= WWT’s mission is to ‘disrupt the conference model’ and create a shift in diversity and inclusion within STEAM industries by offering revolutionary content and impactful discussions that will further the development of women, girls and under represented communities as innovators.
= Inclusivity is one of WWT’s primary drivers and they intend to offer as many engagement opportunities to as many socioeconomically disparate audiences as possible.
= WWT Immersion program pairs Sponsors and Partners with the attendees and online community network with mentorship and ‘Job Shadow’ opportunities.
= The WWT Learning Center within their conferences teaches women and students seeking to either change careers or learn a new skill, how to code and/or build games.
= WWT Diversity Career Fair is open to the public and FREE to attend with a resume submission. It allows conference attendees and registered guests to attend a career fair which will feature booths from sponsors/partners who are actively looking for talent in STEAM, and provide an opportunity for attendees to secure opportunities for job placement and internships.
RALLY YOUR COMMUNITY
= BUILD AN INNER CIRCLE.
Reach out to your network to find people who will become your support team during this process. Find people you trust to review your campaign and who can celebrate your victories and be your cheerleaders.
= HUSTLE ONLINE!
Use social media to get the word out about your campaign. Direct people to your site by sharing your story on Facebook and Twitter.
= HUSTLE OFFLINE!
Talk to people about your upcoming plans, your dreams, and your goals for attending WWT. Chances
are if you’re excited about attending WWT, people around you will be too.
= CHAMPION YOUR CAUSE.
Encourage others to share your fundraising link, and educate people about what you’re doing. Write letters, take the time to follow up with the neighbor down the street. There are dozens of opportunities every day to advocate for your campaign.
= CHAMPION YOUR CAUSE.
Don’t forget to graciously thank your donors and keep them updated on your progress along the way. You’ll be glad you did!
OTHER TIPS AND TRICKS
= ANCHOR YOUR VIEWER VISUALLY.
Videos and compelling photos can help amplify your campaign.
= KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE GOAL
Why is attending Wonder Women Tech important to you? Write the answer down and post it somewhere you’ll see it everyday. This will be your motivation for the duration of the campaign. Excitement is infectious!
= YOUR STRONGEST COLLABORATORS TEND TO BE YOUR STRONGEST SUPPORTERS.
As much as financial contributions are valued, collaborators offering advice, advocacy, and other forms of support as just as important.
= THE JOURNEY IS THE REWARD!
Enjoy all the revelations, conversations, inner and outer connections that will take place along your journey to Wonder Women Tech.
CONNECT WITH US
Wonder Women Tech
100 W Broadway, Ste 3000
Long Beach, CA 90802