Growing the Ally Skills Workshop: WisCon Train-the-trainers report-out

A woman explains while a man listens

Ally Skills Workshop discussion

The Ally Skills Workshop is spreading! We taught ten more people to teach the Ally Skills Workshop at WisCon in May 2015, thanks to the generous support of Ada Initiative donors. The Ally Skills Workshop teaches men simple, everyday ways to support women in their workplaces. Over 2500 people have attended some form of the workshop and the Ada Initiative has directly trained over 35 people to teach it!

Ten students attended the train-the-trainers, coming from variety of fields including library technology, science fiction and fantasy fandom, and paleoecology. The class started with an example Ally Skills Workshop, which was followed by reviewing the facilitator’s guide in depth. In the afternoon, each student chose a scenario and led the discussion, choosing whether or not they wanted feedback on their work. We ended with a half-hour Q&A session where everyone got to ask their questions and make suggestions.

If you are interested in an Ally Skills Workshop at your workplace or organization, or want to learn more about teaching a workshop yourself, contact us at for more information.

Thank you again to WisCon, the world’s premier feminist science fiction convention, for graciously hosting us and providing space and equipment for the workshop!