Here are answers to questions we commonly get.
What are the Speaking Engagements Like?
It varies. Most are classroom presentations/discussions with about 50 students attending. Some are campus-wide events with around 100-150 students attending. Some engagements are smaller dialogues/lectures with faculty and/or students with 10-20 attendees, and sometimes there are large events with 300+ attendees. The typical audience for these engagements will be students and faculty.
Speaking engagements typically cover a class period which lasts either 50 or 80 minutes. You don’t have to prepare a presentation for the full length of a class period. Students enjoy having at least 20-30 minutes after a presentation to participate in Q&A with speakers.
We will let you know when we invite you to come speak what the event will be like and how many attendees we expect.
Do I Get Paid to be a on Labor Ignites?
No. We have extremely limited funds and seek speakers who can volunteer their time to come speak every now and then when invited. Modest honoraria might be possible if there are extenuating circumstances. If you still want to have your interview profile published, but cannot be a speaker because you require an honorarium, we would still love to publish your interview profile. Please submit an interview and let us know.
What Exactly is My Commitment to Labor Ignites if I Join?
By being part of Labor Ignites, you are letting us know you are willing to be a speaker for our speakers bureau. If we invite you to come speak, you can decline if there is a conflict. There is no obligation to speak. There is no minimum (or maximum) number of speaking engagements you must have. It’s really based on your schedule and availability.
How Can I Help?
If you know someone we should add to Labor Ignites (or if that’s you), please share that information with our Program Coordinator, Kenadi Le. You can reach her by email at lek at lattc dot edu or call 213-763-7152.
I’ve Agreed to Be on Labor Ignites, Do I Have to Give you My Bio, Picture and Answer Your Questions?
Yes please. Our goal with every interview profile that gets published is to 1) give you exposure and inform people about you and 2) provide value to our faculty and students. Your answers to our questions provide us information we need to match speakers with faculty requests and appropriate events. The information you provide inform faculty and students about who you are.
You can send us everything through email, or we can come interview you and take your picture.
So What Are Your Interview Questions/Needs?
Will You Proofread and Edit My Interview?
We’ll read through your interview, but it’s up to you to make sure there are no mistakes in it. We might make some smaller edits, but for the most part, we won’t.
Can I Offer You Feedback?
Absolutely. If you have suggestions, such as suggesting different questions or something, feel free to let us know!