Our keynote speakers will educate, inspire, and give you takeaways to implement in your goals and strategies.
Writer, educator & feminist
Virgie Tovar is a feminist, author, and a leading expert on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp, a 4-week online course designed to help women who are ready to break up with diet culture, and started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight.
She pens a weekly column called Take the Cake. Tovar edited the ground-breaking anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, November 2012) and The Feminist Press will be publishing her forthcoming book of non-fiction (Summer 2018).
Tovar holds a Master's degree in Sexuality Studies with a focus on the intersections of body size, race and gender. After teaching "Female Sexuality" at the University of California at Berkeley, where she completed a Bachelor's degree in Political Science in 2005, she went onto host "The Virgie Show" (CBS Radio) in San Francisco.
She is a former plus size style writer for BuzzFeed. Virgie has been featured by the New York Times, Tech Insider, MTV, Al Jazeera, NPR, Yahoo Health, the San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan Magazine Online, Bust Magazine, and French language magazine Madame Figaro. She lives in San Francisco and offers workshops and lectures nationwide.
A nonprofit youth activist team
and our keynote panel
SafeBAE is a student-focused, survivor-driven organization whose mission is to raise awareness about sexual assault in middle and high schools and student’s rights under Title IX. Their latest campaign focuses on ending online harassment of sexual assault survivors. SafeBAE is focused on preventing dating violence and sexual assault by giving students the tools to change peer culture, end harassing re-victimization, and advocate for consent and safe relationship education.
These survivors (& family) have come together to prevent what happened to them from happening to anyone else. Daisy Coleman, Ella Fairon, Jada Smith & Charlie Coleman have bravely spoken out about their sexual assaults, the sharing of the assaults over social media, the community backlash they received, their schools’ handling of their ongoing harassment and how they have fought for change.
Some of these stories were documented in the 2016 Netflix Documentary Audrie & Daisy, which will be shown on Thursday evening. The film screening is open to the public and free of charge, and will be followed by a brief Q & A with the SafeBAE team. During the keynote presentation panel on Friday, workshop participants will have an opportunity to hear more from the presenters.