I proposed an idea to speak at CSSConf AU in Melbourne, Australia, so I travelled internationally to speak. The event gave me a free ticket, and I was not paid to speak. 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 45 days to prepare for my 30 minutes speaking slot, and I had a great time. I'm a woman who has been speaking for 3 months.