I proposed an idea to speak at Prairie Dev Con in Winnipeg, so I travelled domestically to speak. The event gave me a free ticket. My travel and accommodation was fully covered by the event. My employer did not pay my travel expenses, and I took unpaid time off to speak. It took me 3 days to prepare for my 2 hours speaking slot, and I had a great time. I'm a woman who has been speaking for 3 years.