A new website called Innovation Womenallows event organizers to search for experienced female professionals in a variety of industries to be speakers on panels.

About 100 women from cities including Boston, New York City, San Francisco and Chicago are currently listed on the website, which officially launched in a beta test in May.

“With this out there, there’s no excuses. If you’re an event manager, there’s no excuse now in terms of not having a woman on a panel,” said Bobbie Carlton, the founder of Woburn-based Innovation Women.

To develop the website, Carlton raised $20,000 through crowdfunding website Kickstarter from about 220 backers.

Carlton said she saw the need to launch the Innovation Women website after seeing a significant lack in female speakers at panel events specifically in the tech industry.

“Women, and young women in particular, need to see someone who looks like them on a panel in front of the room,” she said.

For the speakers themselves, there are also tremendous benefits from gaining visibility from a speaking engagement, ranging from landing a new job or promotion to securing investor funding for an entrepreneurial endeavor, she said.

“Visibility equals opportunity,” she said.

Carlton is also the founder of Mass Innovation Nights, where budding entrepreneurs can launch products at demo days in the Boston area once a month.


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Written by Sara Castellanos

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