Frances McDormand introduced the world to inclusion riders at the Oscars and I’m thrilled.
The approach cited by McDormand was created by Dr. Stacy Smith at USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and was originally envisioned to diversify talent in the media. You can read more about their work here.
A rider modifies a contract for the specific needs of a given engagement or contract participant. They are notably used in the music industry, where artist riders specify details for the safety and comfort of a touring act. Van Halen famously forbade the presence of brown M&M candies in their rider, as a means of quickly determining if the technical and safety details of the contract had been scrupulously understood and addressed.
An inclusion rider leverages the power of a person — or a team — that is in high demand. Given the intense competition for skilled, experienced talent, an inclusion rider is a way to expand from the singular success of “rockstars” toward a scalable, group impact.
Inclusion riders for Speaking Gigs
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