Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, participants, and venue staff involved in Vessy’s events are required to agree with the following code of conduct.

We value the diversity and inclusion of underrepresented and marginalized people. 

Be mindful that this will likely be the most diverse group of people that you have been around and can expect to meet people from a wide range of religions, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, nationalities, sexual orientations, body sizes, physical appearance, mental abilities and physical abilities.

Use this as an opportunity to respectfully interact with a diverse group of individuals in a professional and safe environment.

We are all here to learn and grow. This event, being a professional and safe environment, is not the appropriate venue to question individuals on their underrepresented status.

How we define harassment 

Offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention are also considered inappropriate behaviour.

How we respond to harassment 

Anyone found to be behaving in any way that makes participants uncomfortable or impedes the intended goals of this event will be in violation of this Code of Conduct and will be ejected from the event.

If you or someone else are subjected to inappropriate behaviour or have any other concerns please follow the Reporting steps below.

Reporting steps

The organizers are here to help attendees feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your participation.

If you need to report an incident please contact an organizer: 

- Vessy Tasheva (Founder of - hey[email protected] 

Photography, Video, and Social Media

It is our mission to promote visibility and leadership of underrepresented and marginalized people. We record photography and video and share these images online so we can achieve our purpose as an organization. 

If you do not want to be photographed, please excuse yourself from posed group photos and avoid the situations our photographers are recording: stages, microphones, tech demos, and audience Q&A. If you do not want to be photographed, approach photographers directly to communicate that you do not want to be photographed or recorded. We aim to respect your privacy while also representing our community, and showcasing the work that we do.