Events

Wendy is wearing a floral dress and sitting on a stage next to two other panelists on either side. They're speaking at an event called AmpLit Fest. A sign hangs above their heads with the words: "Summer on the Hudson / Riverside Park."
Wendy speaking at an outdoor panel on literary citizenship by the river at AmpLit Fest 2017. She is wearing a floral dress and sitting between two other panelists.

*UPDATE (11/7/2023): After more than a year of limiting my events calendar due to wedding planning, I am finally open to speaking requests, interview requests and freelance work once again. Please use my Contact page to get in touch if you want me to speak at your school, journalism conference, or news organization.


I travel around the world to give university lectures, host company workshops and speak on panels about disability representation in the media. As a dynamic,
engaging and thoughtful presenter, I bring a range of unique perspectives and
experiences as a disabled journalist at various events. I’m able to speak on the
following topics:

  • modern disability language and disability pride
  • disability, relationships, and body image
  • the intersection between race, disability and gender
  • disability representation in the media
  • working in digital media as a disabled woman of color

I’m available for virtual or in-person bookings, both solo and in groups. Find below a snapshot of my previous speaking events. Book me for your next event here.

2023:

  • Disability Reporting Training, Insider.com — January 2023
  • Disability Reporting Workshops, The New York Times — February, March, July, and November 2023
  • New York Times Panel for World Press Freedom Day, Academy for Young Writers — May 2023
  • Disabled Writers Meetup, National Novel Writing Month — July and November 2023
  • Moderator for Invisible Disabilities Panel, The New York Times — July 2023
  • Guest Speaker on Covering Disability Issues for Journalism Class, Humber College, November 2023

2022:

  • Disability Reporting Workshops, The New York Times — January and October 2022
  • Freelancing 101 Workshop for New, Unemployed & Laid-Off Journalists, Independent Event — March 2022
  • Guest Speaker for Reporting Class, University of Wisconsin-Madison — May 2022
  • Disability & Accessibility Training, Wirecutter — June 2022
  • Disability Reporting Training Series (Three Workshops), Military Veterans in Journalism — July to August 2022
  • “Say What You Mean: Avoiding Disability Euphemisms In News Stories” Language Workshop, ACES: The Society for Editing Conference — September 2022
  • “Improving Your Election Coverage for People With Disabilities” Panel Moderator, National Press Club Journalism Institute — October 2022
  • “Brandy Schillace on ‘Year of the Tiger’ by Alice Wong” YouTube Show, Featured Guest, Peculiar Book Club YouTube Show — November 2022
  • Forbes 30 Under 30 Panel, Fordham University — November 2022

2021:

  • Speaker at the Jane Hoppen Writers Salon, Paragraph — January 2021
  • “Conversations with Wendy Lu,” Emerson College — March 2021
  • Byte Size Learning on Disability Language & Inspiration Porn, Arts Access — April 2021
  • “Intersection Of Asian American & Disability Identities” Opening Plenary Speech, National Disability Rights Network Conference — May 2021
  • Disability in Journalism Panel, Summer Speaker Series, The Daily Princetonian at Princeton University — June 2021
  • Disability Reporting Panel, NPR — September 2021
  • “Disability & Journalism” Workshop for Tomodachi Story Jam, University of Massachusetts in Boston — August 2021
  • Disability Reporting Best Practices Training, HuffPost x Buzzfeed — October 2021
  • Guest Speaker for the Alliance of Journalists With Disabilities, Columbia Journalism School, November 2021
  • Covering Social Issues Lecture for the Opinion & Media Class, Humber College — December 2021

2020:

  • Guest Speaker on Union Bargaining for “Issues in Organizing” class, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies — June 2020
  • Olmstead Anniversary Inclusion Hour: “Our Stories for Freedom & Inclusive Community,” The Kelsey — June 2020
  • “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” Panel Moderator, Film at Lincoln Center and Netflix — July 2020
  • “Covering the Disability Community” Panel, Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) Festival — August 2020
  • “It’s Personal: Covering Social Justice” Panel, HuffPost for Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) Festival — August 2020
  • “Power of Journalism in Disability Justice Work,” Color of DIS — August 2020
  • “Pitch Perfect: Everything to Know About Pitching Stories,” Freelancing with Tim — September 2020
  • “Shifting the Disability Narrative” Speaker, NBC Universal — October 2020
  • “Run” Film Panel Moderator, Film at Lincoln Center — November 2020
  • Building Resilience In the Workplace, HuffPost — December 2020
  • Covering Social Issues Lecture for Opinion & Media Class,
    Humber College — December 2020
  • Crafting Effective Opinions Lecture for Op-Ed Writing Class, Harvard Kennedy School — December 2020

2019:

  • Reporting on People With Disabilities Workshop, New York University in Abu Dhabi — March 2019
  • Disability Mentoring Day Panel, Verizon Media — May 2019
  • Disability Inclusion in Public Policy Panel, Digital Inclusion Conference by the NYC Mayor’s Office of People With Disabilities — May 2019
  • “Disability Reporting Best Practices” Workshop, HuffPost — July 2019
  • “When We Walk” Documentary Screening Q&A Moderator, Asian American International Film Festival — August 2019
  • “Science, Not Stigma” Workshop by the National Institute of Allergy
    and Infectious Diseases, ScienceWriters 2019 Conference in State College, PA — October 2019
  • Disability & Ableism Digital Panel, Lakeshore Foundation — October 2019

2018:

  • “Reporting on the Disability Beat,” Panel, New England Newspaper & Press
    Association Conference — February 2018
  • Digital Journalism & Disability Reporting Lectures for News Editing & Media Hub Classes, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — April 2018
  • “From Flashpoint to Fatigue: the Lifecycle of a Narrative” Panel Moderator,
    AmpLit Fest — June 2018
  • “How To Kill It As A Freelancer” Panel, Her Conference — July 2018
  • Reporting Panel, Columbia Journalism School — October 2018
  • “Shifting the Disability Narrative” Lecture, Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, IN — October 2018
  • “Disability Narrative” Lecture, WEIRDD Poetry Series — November 2018
  • “Covering Marginalized Communities” Panel for the Women Action Media! (WAM!) Conference — December 2018

2017:

  • “Dating & Sex With A Disability” Episode, “I Want It That Way” Podcast by
    Bustle — March 2017
  • “Literary Citizenship: The Writer’s Identity” Panel, AmpLit Fest — June 2017
  • Reporting Panel, Columbia Journalism School — October 2017