Annie Babin is a licensed psychologist and consultant, with a special focus on serving those who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming. She is passionate about helping all people, young and old, find their voice through exploring their core identity. Through her work, she has seen how bullying can obstruct and inhibit this process. Queue the merger of two careers: Annie is also the founder/creative director of LAVA Creative, a design firm that serves the broadcast television and tech industries since 2002. Her work is featured on the Ellen Degeneres Show, which earned two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Main Title Design. Through her combined skills and experience, Annie is helping No Bully actively promote positive change through design, marketing and promotion.
Soraya Chemaly is a writer and activist whose work focuses on women's rights and gender equity. She is the Director of the women's Media Center Speech Project, an initiative dedicated to women's free speech and to raising public awareness about the costs of online bullying and harassment to women's public and civic engagement. In 2013, she won the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC)'s Donna Allen Award for Feminist Advocacy and the Secular Woman Feminist Activism Award. In 2014, she was named one of Elle Magazine's 25 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter. Soraya serves on the boards of several organizations dedicated to improving media diversity, including Women, Action and The Media; In this Together Media, and the Women's Media Center. She writes and speaks regularly about gender, media, tech, education, women's rights, sexual violence and free speech.
Todd Corley is a recognized thought leader for his leadership on diversity and inclusion. His ability to engage individuals, specifically millennials, to build strong corporate social responsibility platforms that promote societal change is the hallmark of his career. He’s the Board Chairman of The National Society of High School Scholars Foundation; a co-founding member of the country’s first-ever Diversity Management concentration, housed at Georgetown University; and a recipient of the Claes Nobel “World Betterment Award”, presented by Mr. Claes Nobel, the senior member of the esteemed Nobel prize family. Coupled with his MBA from Georgetown University, Todd is a member of the inaugural class focused on Brand and Reputation Management hosted by Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth.
Brendan Doherty is president / cofounder of Inward Point – a purpose-driven events and marketing agency built on social, environmental, and data innovation. He’s a former diplomat at the U.S. State Department where he built multi-million dollar public-private partnerships and advised senior leaders on global conflict and human security in Africa and Asia. He remains a Senior Advisor to the Public International Law and Policy Group, advising rebels, governments, and the UN on constitution drafting and peace negotiations. He is a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations, a leader at the Truman National Security Project, an Advisor to Impossible 2 Possible, and a member of Riverkeeper’s Junior Council. A former scuba instructor and lawyer, he now lives in Red Hook Brooklyn.
Penny Jackson is an award-winning playwright and novelist who lives in New York City. Her most recent play, I KNOW WHAT BOYS WANT, was Theater Is Easy’s Best Bet for Off Broadway Theater. Other plays include SAFE, which won best new play at the Planet Connections Theater Festivity in New York City, BITTEN (the only American finalist for The Kenneth Branagh Award for Drama in The Windsor Fringe), GOING UP, a British-American production for the Dublin International Gay Theatre Festival May 2015, LOUISE IN CHARLESTOWN at The United Solo Festival at Theater Row in September 2015 and BEFORE, which won first prize in the gun control play competition sponsored by The University of Illinois-Urbana, and was featured in Necessary Exposure, an exhibit at Dixon Place Theater focusing on female playwrights. Penny is a resident playwright of the New York City based company, NY Madness and the author of the novel, Becoming The Butlers, which was chosen as best book of the year for young adults by The New York Public Library. Penny’s awards include The Elizabeth Janeway Prize for writing from Barnard College, a Mirrelieis Fellowship for writing from Stanford University and a MacDowell Colony Fellowship.
Steven Labrum lives in Salt Lake City, UT and serves on the advisory committee because he believes that by addressing bullying through the NoBully model, we can create a more empathetic and prosperous society. His experience ranges from time as VP of the Global OEM division of Merit Medical Systems to co-founder of the Eva Carlston Academy, a residential treatment program. He is also Creative Producer at 3 Irons and the Board Vice President at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Arts. Most importantly, he is trying to learn how to play the piano as an adult. Practice, practice, practice.
Jeffrey Levine's entertainment career has spanned over 20 years, focusing primarily on television production and distribution. Levine formed Revera Entertainment Inc, an international film and media company that specializes in the television development, production, and distribution of high-quality entertainment. Revera has become a familiar presence at every major television and film market, including, MIPCOM, MIPTV, NATPE , MIFED, American Film Market, Cannes Film. Levine has forged television relationships with major broadcasters around the world, breaking into new markets from the Pacific Rim to Eastern Europe, Europe to African Nations.
Dr. Roxana Marachi is an Associate Professor of Education in the Lurie College of Education at San José State University where she teaches courses in Educational Psychology and supervises Teacher Candidates in the Middle Level Emphasis Program. She received her Ph.D in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan in 2003, where she studied the impacts of learning environments on students' motivation and behavior in school. Her research interests are focused on school climate and safety and the translation of research-to-practice in violence prevention efforts. Dr. Marachi served as Co-Chair of the Safe Schools and Communities Subcommittee of the American Educational Research Association from 2009-2012. She is currently working in collaboration with the Santa Clara County Office of the Public Defender on the School Engagement and Suspension Alternatives Project (SESAP).
Kevin Martinez is the Vice President of Corporate Citizenship at ESPN. A 25-year industry veteran, Martinez oversees all aspects of ESPN’s corporate citizenship initiatives including corporate giving, volunteerism, cause marketing and sustainability. Martinez joined ESPN in 2010, and was promoted to vice president in 2013. In this role, he leads strategic initiatives that enable both greater access to sports and leadership through sports. Additionally, Martinez manages ESPN’s ongoing collaboration and fundraising efforts with The V Foundation, which generates millions of dollars toward cancer research programs each year. Prior to ESPN, Martinez served as executive director, corporate social responsibility for KPMG. He also previously served as president of The Home Depot Foundation, and managed community affairs for both Starbucks and Eddie Bauer. Martinez has received numerous industry awards, including The Cause Marketing Forum’s “Halo Award” twice, the US Chamber’s Award for Corporate Citizenship, and the Association of Cable Communicators’ Beacon Award.
Simranpreet Singh Oberoi works towards bridging opportunity gaps for children in India. He is the Chief Project Officer of Shoshit Samadhan Kendra (SSK), a free residential school run exclusively for children from of India’s most marginalized communities. He has played multiple roles including that of a teacher, fundraiser, counselor, trainer, and a PR professional. He has also co-founded an education enterprise called SkyKpaar (translation - Beyond the skies) to help high school students make well-informed career decisions. He is immensely passionate about education, youth development, and capacity building for schools and nonprofits. He has studied engineering from Pune University and is a Young India Fellow.
Beth Pann is Vice President of the National Society of High School Scholars, an international honor society founded by Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes. With 20 years in the nonprofit sector, Beth has extensive experience in business development and communications, strategic and sustainability planning, and donor cultivation and stewardship. She currently serves on the Board of Development in Gardening, an organization dedicated to improving the nutrition and health of HIV-affected and at-risk populations through sustainable gardening. Beth is a graduate of Denison University.
Rebecca Randall is the Vice President of Education Programs at Common Sense Media. Rebecca has more than a decade of experience working in the nonprofit sector on behalf of children and families. She brings to Common Sense Media her expertise in child and community development, education, and social policy. Most recently, she was the Associate Vice President at the United Way of the Bay Area, where she provided strategic direction for the Education area, managed a multi-million dollar grant-making portfolio, and developed a comprehensive statewide early childhood initiative. Rebecca is a widely sought after speaker on kids’ media and technology use and has spoken to several thousand (and counting) parents and educators to offer guidance on how they can raise kids who are safe, smart, and responsible media users and creators. Rebecca holds a BA in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire and an MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.
Robert A. Rees, Ph.D. teaches religion at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, he taught literature and humanities at UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, and, as a Fulbright Professor of American Studies, in the Baltics. He was Director of Studies for the UCLA-Cambridge Program and for the UCLA-Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music Programs. From 1998-2010 Rees was Director of Education and Humanities at the Institute of HeartMath. Rees is the editor and author of numerous publications in education, American literature and culture, and religious studies. He is also a published poet, essayist, editorialist, and blogger. An active Latter-day Saint (Mormon), Rees has also been involved in interfaith and humanitarian work and directed the Church’s humanitarian program in the Baltic States from 1992-1996. Currently he serves on the board of the Marin Interfaith Council, the Advisory Board of Save African Families Enterprise, and as Vice-President of the Liahona Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization that addresses malnutrition in the developing world.
Silda Wall Spitzer is an American businesswoman, lawyer, and was the First Lady of New York State from January 2007 until March 2008. She has worked in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors in the areas of green/sustainability issues, youth service/education, and human rights and women's financial and other empowerment. Currently, she is director and principal at NewWorld Capital Group, a private equity firm investing in environmental and energy related products and services. She is also co-founder and CEO of woman-owned New York Makers, a digital magazine and marketplace covering New York State. Among her not-for-profit activities, she serves as the vice chairperson of Urban Green Council, is on the Ceres president's council, and the Sustainable Endowment Institute's advisory board. She also served on the boards of Points of Light and generationOn until 2015. She is a board member at Meredith College and the Center for Law, Brain and Behavior, and is an honorary trustee of No Bully.
Brian Thomas is assistant head of school at MICDS (Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School). Brian has been recognized as an Emmy Award–winning actor and nationally recognized writer. From 2008 to 2016 he was the associate head of school and upper school head at the Bentley School in Oakland and Lafayette, California. Prior to that, he was the head at Presidio Hill School in San Francisco and the executive director, high school developer and principal at the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas. He began his professional career as an actor in New Haven, Connecticut, after graduating from Yale University in 1984. He also received a master’s degree in education from Portland State University in 2003.
Bill Thompson is the Chairman and CEO of BehaviorMatrix. He’s a serial entrepreneur who started his first company in 1983, took it public in 1994 and then sold it in 1998. He is the former Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Innovative Tech Systems, a publicly traded company that developed infrastructure management software used by Fortune 500 companies. During his tenure, Mr. Thompson was the Chief Technologist and Architect of all software products developed by the Company, which serviced clients such as the NSA, Department of Defense, Johns Hopkins Hospital & University and Rohm and Haas (DuPont). Mr. Thompson was the recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 1998 in the category of fastest growing software company for the Mid-Atlantic Region.
Silvia Vasquez-Lavado is Product, Biz Dev at Xoom and Founder/CEO of Courageous Girls. She is a native Peruvian and sexual violence survivor. In 2005 Silvia began a quest to climb the world’s Seven Summits on behalf of her organization Courageous Girls. Silvia’s own experiences have proven so monumental in healing her soul that she is determined to give this opportunity to a very special group of Courageous Girls. Her dream is for these young women to find their own courage, develop their own strength and heal with their sisters from all around the world
Michael Wood is the Creative Director of Bystander Revolution, an anti-bullying organization inspiring individuals to take the power out of bullying with simple acts of kindness, courage, and inclusion. Michael studied mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University before pursuing an MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As the Creative Director of Bystander Revolution, Michael is responsible for the overall strategy and creative vision of the organization. Michael is also an award winning filmmaker and runs a production company, Gates & Greene, that specializes in short form video content. Michael directed and produced the library of over 300 videos on Bystander Revolution’s website featuring interviews of dozens of students, celebrities, and leaders. As a former target of bullying, Michael is passionate about bringing hope to bullied students and daringly aspires to make this the last generation to tolerate a major bullying problem.