I proposed an idea to speak at MidwestUX in PGH, so I travelled domestically to speak. The event offered me a discounted ticket to buy, and I was not paid to speak. The event assisted with part of my travel and accommodation. My employer did not pay my travel expenses, and I was unemployed when I spoke at the event. It took me 2 weeks to prepare for my 45 minutes speaking slot, and I had a mostly good time. I'm a woman who has been speaking for 6 years. This was a not for profit event.