I was invited to speak at ConCat in Salzburg, Austria, so I travelled internationally 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 used my PTO to speak. It took me 10 days to prepare for my 50 minutes speaking slot, and I had a great time. I'm a woman who has been speaking for 1 year. This was a not for profit event. Also, the conference was so wonderful and welcoming and really committed to diversity. I hope it runs agains because the organizers did a really great job. I met so many nice people who I am still in touch with today. One of them even helped me find my new job.

Submitted in late October 2015