I proposed an idea to speak at Blend Web Mix in Lyon, so I travelled domestically 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 paid all of my travel expenses, and I used my PTO to speak. It took me 5 days to prepare for my 55 minutes speaking slot, and I had a mostly good time. I'm a woman who has been speaking for 5 years. This was a for profit event.