Samie Al-Achrafi is an award-winning speaker, author and podcaster. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading voices on values and culture change, and has won a host of accolades including Most Visionary Business Transformation CEO, Game Changer of the Year, and Most Influential CEO of the Year.
His career spans six continents, working with governments and organizations around the world to create high-performance cultures underpinned by values. In 2019, Al-Achrafi presented a TED talk on Why Business Needs Our Humanity, and the following year authored the bestselling book #Time4Humanity.
He gained a double first-class degree in philosophy and theology with a specialization in ethics from the University of Durham, a Master of Science in Management (with distinction) from the University of London, and studied Leading Global Businesses at Harvard Business School. He is a reiki master and regularly participates in neurofeedback training to access the full range of brainwaves and states of consciousness, delta being his favorite.
Al-Achrafi is a Fellow of the RSA, and a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and CMI. He is also an NLP practitioner, executive and systemic coach, and assessor with the British Psychological Society.
Multimedia Journalist, The Guardian
Iman Amrani is an award-winning video journalist currently working at the Guardian, producing and presenting contemporary political and social short documentaries. She has written journalist for various sections of the paper and contributor for other publications including Vogue Portugal, The Independent, The New Statesman, Raconteur, Huffington Post, and Copa90. Amrani is a guest commentator on The Russell Howard Hour, Al Jazeera, Africa News, Tedx Glasgow, and Chatham House. As host of Guardian Live Events: Fresh Voices, she interviews young, important voices such as George The Poet, Joy Crookes, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Big Zuu and Gina Martin. Much of her work focuses on marginalized voices, minority issues, culture, and immigration. Her YouTube series on Modern Masculinity for the Guardian has been welcomed for its open-minded and inquisitive approach, and was the only non-broadcast nomination for a Royal Television Society journalism award in 2020.
Amrani has lived and worked in a Haitian settlement in the Dominican Republic and spent time translating for doctors following the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. She also worked for a year in Colombia for the British Council and volunteered with women working the red light district in Bogota.
She is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.
Director of Youth Initiatives, A Call to Men
Josué Argüelles is the Director of Youth Initiatives for A Call to Men. He is responsible for facilitating the YouthACT! and Healthy Manhood and Masculinity Collaborative of NYC, and coordinating efforts with various community partners, agencies and academic institutions to advance the work of engaging youth leaders in prevention efforts of ending all forms of violence against ALL women and girls.
With a background in community studies and public policy, Argüelles worked for over a decade in California organizing and serving immigrant, youth, and low-wage worker communities. He served as co-director of Young Workers United and as the co-chair of the SF Progressive Workers Alliance to advance progressive labor and immigrant policies. As a fellow of the San Francisco Labor Leadership Institute, he worked on numerous policy campaigns at the local and statewide levels that led to many victories for immigrant, queer and Latinx communities. He is a seasoned organizer skilled in strategic development, alliance building, leadership development, program directing, and policy implementation. Argüelles partners with students, educators, and youth advocates on Middle-High Schools and college campuses to promote healthy and respectful manhood using A Call To Men’s LiveRESPECT curriculum.
Argüelles is a 2017 recipient of the Howard Wallace Labor Leadership award and has received leadership recognition from the State and Assembly of California, the City and County of San Francisco. He is a self-identified movement builder and shaker, works to bridge his Mexica indigenous roots and traditions with embracing healthy masculinity, and is currently based in Brooklyn.
American Actor, Director, and Entrepreneur
Justin Baldoni is an actor, director, producer, entrepreneur, and changemaker whose efforts are focused on creating impactful media and entertainment. Baldoni is the co-founder of Wayfarer Studios, an independent financial and production engine pioneering purpose-driven, multi- platform film and television productions that elevate and speak to the human spirit. He is also the founder of Wayfarer Entertainment, a social impact production company, and founder of Wayfarer Foundation, a non-profit which seeks to change the way communities see and respond to unhoused populations. Baldoni first rose to worldwide fame through his role as “Rafael” on The CW’s award-winning phenomenon Jane the Virgin. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two children, and their puppy.
Gary Barker, PhD
President and CEO, Promundo-US
Gary Barker is CEO and co-founder of Promundo, an NGO that started in Brazil and now has six affiliated country offices. He has worked 20+ years in more than 40 countries to engage men and boys in achieving gender equality and ending violence against women and girls, and has carried out research on masculinities and gender equality. He is co-founder of MenCare, a global campaign working in more than 50 countries to promote men’s involvement as equitable, non-violent caregivers, and is co-founder and board member of MenEngage, a global network of more than 700 NGOs across 50 countries working to engage men as allies in gender equality. Barker also leads IMAGES (the International Men and Gender Equality Survey), the largest ever survey of men’s attitudes and behaviors related to violence, fatherhood, and gender equality, which to date includes more than 40 countries.
Barker is an Ashoka Fellow and received the Voices of Solidarity Award from Vital Voices for his work to engage men for gender equality. He is co-author of the 2015, 2017, and 2019 State of the World’s Fathers. He has advised UN agencies and numerous national governments and foundations on approaches to engaging men in violence prevention and gender equality. In 2018 and 2019 he was named by Apolitical as one of the “most influential people in gender policy around the world.” He holds a PhD in developmental psychology and is an Affiliated Researcher with the University of Coimbra in Portugal. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
Creator and Executive Director, The Ever Forward Club
Ashanti Branch works to change how students, especially young men of color, interact with their education and how their schools interact with them. Raised in Oakland by a single mother on welfare, Branch left the inner city to study civil engineering at Cal Poly — San Luis Obispo. He started out as a construction project manager, but his life changed after he tutored struggling students and realized his passion for teaching. In 2004, during Branch’s first year teaching high school math, he started The Ever Forward Club to provide support for African American and Latino males who were not achieving their potential. Since then, Ever Forward has helped all of its 150+ members graduate from high school — and 93 percent of them have attended two- or four-year colleges, military or trade school. The Ever Forward Club was featured in the documentary “The Mask You Live In,” which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. After completing a fellowship at the Stanford school in 2016, Branch stepped away from working for a school district and began working as the Founding Executive Director for Ever Forward – Siempre Adelante to grow the organization to better serve thousands of Bay Area students. In 2017, Branch was awarded a fellowship from the national organization CBMA (Campaign for Black Male Achievement). In 2019, he received a fellowship from the Gratitude Networks and was a top-three finalist for the LinkedIn Compassion award.
Lecturer, Stanford University and Chair, Movember's Global Men's Health Advisory Committee
Judy Y. Chu, Ed.D. is a Lecturer in Human Biology and Affiliate of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, where she teaches a course on Boys’ Psychosocial Development. Chu received her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied boys’ relationships and development in early childhood and adolescence with Carol Gilligan. Her research highlights boys’ relational strengths and how their gender socialization can impact their connections to themselves and to others. She is the author of When Boys Become Boys: Development, Relationships, and Masculinity (NYU Press, 2014) and co-editor of Adolescent Boys: Exploring Diverse Cultures of Boyhood (NYU Press, 2004). She developed curricula for The Representation Project’s film, The Mask You Live In, and currently serves as Chair of Movember Foundation’s Global Men’s Health Advisory Committee. She is also the mother of a seventeen-year-old boy.
Eka Darville is an Australian born filmmaker, speaker and intersectional solutioneer. Raised amongst an eclectic family of artists and activists, his world view has been shaped across four continents, nine countries and the myriad diverse cultures he’s called home. This “global” vantage point gifted Darville with a unique ability to share penetrating insights that have an uncanny ability to penetrate awareness and shift perspectives.
From meta conceptualization about modern masculinity to intimate stories about race, failure and fatherhood, Darville captivates audiences with his powerful presence, grounded research-heavy approach and his artfully eloquent ability to communicate ideas that challenge the status-quo.
Former NFL Player, Thought Leader, Public Speaker, and Writer
Former NFL Player Wade Davis is a thought leader, public speaker, and writer on gender, race, and orientation equality. Davis is currently the Vice President of Inclusion Strategy for Product at Netflix and has consulted with Google, MTV/VH1, 21st Century Fox, AppNexus and others to co-create transformative solutions to build inclusive corporate cultures. Additionally, Davis has coached senior leaders to adapt and flex their leadership styles to meet the needs and develop their employee population. His work to engage, educate, and help men understand what actions to take toward gender equality has included partnerships with the Ms. Foundation and Ebony Magazine where he launched the #BlackMenAndFeminism campaign and with the Ms. Foundation’s #MyFeminismIs campaign.
In addition to his work as a Global Champion for Innovation for UN Women, he is a founding member of VICE’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board with Gloria Steinem, Roberta Kaplan and others and is on the boards of the Ms. Foundation for Women and Sparks and Honey. Most recently, Davis was named a Global Champion for Girl Up, a program of the United Nations Foundation. Understanding the importance of engaging men around gender equity and equality, he built a “Men’s Gender Equality Development” leadership program that launched with the United Nations 2018.
Davis is the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant, and has consulted for numerous professional sports leagues on issues at the intersection of sexism, racism and homophobia. He has created league-wide inclusive leadership strategies, led inclusion-training sessions for coaches and players, and built and launched national engagement initiatives.
A former national surrogate for President Obama, Davis has been an Adjunct Professor at both the NYU School of Professional Studies Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business and the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration. He continues to lecture on the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, and sports at universities nationally and internationally.
Davis was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Northeastern University for his leadership and ongoing efforts to eradicate homophobia and sexism in athletics. He is currently at work on his first book.
Founder and CEO, Red Lion Advisors LLC
Jeffrey S. Grange (Jeff) currently is the Principal and Founder of Red Lion Advisors LLC — an independent consultancy and strategic advisory practice. He was previously the Executive Vice President of U.S. Operations for Argo Group. In this capacity, Grange reported to Kevin J. Rehnberg, CEO of Argo Group. His responsibilities included Claims, Argo Insurance, Rockwood Casualty Insurance Company, Argo Pro, Argo Cyber, Argo Primary Casualty, and Argo Excess Casualty business units. He was a member of the Argo Group Executive Committee and the Argo Group Underwriting Committee. Grange is on the North American Board of Advisors for Catalyst, a global nonprofit working to help build workplaces that work for women. He is a senior advisor for diversity and inclusion at Cornerstone Capital Group, which is an SEC Registered Investment Adviser and WBENC-certified women-owned business that catalyzes the flow of capital to optimize investment performance together with social impact through rigorous research that systematically integrates environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into portfolio design. He participates on the Cornerstone Gender Lens Investing Advisory Council. Grange also sits on the Advisory Board of Risk Consulting Partners — an insurance broker based in Dallas, Texas. He is a highly accomplished insurance executive with over 30 years of industry experience.
Prior to joining Argo in 2019, Grange was president of specialty and commercial insurance for QBE North America. Previously, he was the chairman of the Group Underwriting Committee and global practice leader for management and professional liability at Torus Insurance. He also spent over 20 years with the Chubb Group, where he held various global senior management roles. Grange earned a Bachelor of Science in human physiology and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from McGill University in Montreal.
Keynote speaker and author Mark Greene writes and consults on relational practices, diversity and inclusion, and healthy masculinity for organizations worldwide. His work focuses on the challenges that men face when raised in Man Box culture. He is the author of the groundbreaking The Little #MeToo Book for Men, which has been called “a blueprint for men’s liberation.” As co-founder of ThinkPlay Partners and Senior Editor for the Good Men Project, Greene has spent over a decade deconstructing our binary-riddled dialogues around manhood and masculinity. He is uniquely positioned to help men, individually and in organizations, create a healthier, more connected vision of masculine culture and identity. Greene is also the founder of the Remaking Manhood community, dedicated to expanding the conversation about masculinity. His articles on masculinity have been shared half a million times on social media with 20 million views. He has written and spoken about men’s issues at Salon, Shriver Report, Huffington Post, HLN, BBC, and The New York Times.
President and CEO, Catalyst
Lorraine Hariton is President and CEO of Catalyst, a global nonprofit working with some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to help build workplaces that work for women. Catalyst’s vision and mission have long been a passion for Hariton, and she is honored to lead the organization at this crucial time and to help write the next chapter in its 58-year legacy of accelerating positive change for women.
Her extensive career includes senior-level positions in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur and executive. She began her career at IBM, has served in the Obama administration at the Department of State, and developed the Global STEM Alliance at the NY Academy of Sciences. Hariton has been involved in women’s leadership initiatives throughout her career, serving on the boards of UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change, the Stanford Clayman Institute for Gender Research, and the Forum for Entrepreneurs and Executives.
Hariton is the proud mother of Glen and Laura and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren as much as possible. She holds a BS in Mathematical Sciences from Stanford University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
US Executive Director, Movember Foundation
Mark Hedstrom is the Executive Director in the US for the Movember Foundation, the global charity focused on men’s health, funding over 1,200 innovative projects across 21 countries. To date, the foundation has raised hundreds of millions for men’s health programs supporting three critical areas: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
Hedstrom is responsible for the U.S. strategy, management and operations of the global men’s health foundation. In this role he oversees community and corporate engagement, partnerships, marketing, public and government relations, finance, operations and human resources. He was previously the Global Director, Programs Commercialization for the Movember Foundation from 2017 through 2018.
Before joining the Movember Foundation, Hedstrom held various positions, serving as the Manager of Global Strategy and Planning at Oakley, a global consumer packaged goods company, as the Chief Financial Officer at The Arbor Collective, a board sports and apparel company, and as a Director of Operations and Finance at The Advisory Board Company, a global technology and consulting company.
Hedstrom holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. He grew up outside of Boston but now lives in LA. He is the third (out of three) most important humans in his family and just ahead of the two dogs, David Ortiz and LeBron James.
Director of Communication, ManKind Project, US
Boysen Hodgson is the Communications Director for the ManKind Project USA, part of a global brotherhood of nonprofits conducting transformational initiation programs for men at every stage of life, and supporting a network of men’s groups serving over 10,000 men every week. He’s the author of The New Macho, a credo for the mature masculine shared over 50,000 times and published in numerous blogs, magazines, and books. His mission is to transform culture by designing change, building bridges, and co-creating space for connection. Hodgson completed the ManKind Project’s New Warrior Training Adventure in April 2004 and has been working with men ever since, supporting and challenging them to break out of isolation, take responsibility for their emotional riches, and live their full potential — starting with himself. He’s dedicated to nurturing the powerful, emotionally aware, accountable, and purpose driven men we need to help heal our society’s deepest wounds. He is an urban homesteader, a husband, and a proud adoptive Dad.
CEO, The Man Cave
Hunter Johnson is CEO of The Man Cave, a charity that teaches emotional intelligence to young men. Johnson has worked with tens of thousands of young people across Australia and is constantly inspired by their audacity and brilliance. His work has led him to speak around the world including presenting at the United Nations, Government House, the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Town Hall, Graduation Ceremonies and various Universities. He has been recognized as a Finalist for the 2020 Young Australian of the Year Awards (VIC), listed as one of Harper’s Bazaar’s “Visionary Men of 2019”, named a 2018 Queen’s Young Leader by Her Majesty The Queen, and was 2018 Winner of the EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Southern Region).
Vice President of International Projects, Sesame Workshop
Danny Labin is the Vice President of International Projects at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization that produces Sesame Street and other educational media around the world. Based in New York, Labin is responsible for developing and distributing content that drives social impact with a vast network of global partners. He has worked across the field of educational media in various roles that span content creation, evaluation and research, project management, and international business development. Labin has overseen several Sesame Street coproduction projects in multiple countries that have harnessed the power of media to deliver culturally-relevant programming for children, parents, and educators. Much of his work has been focused on reaching vulnerable children living amidst the world’s most intractable conflicts. He began his career with a Palestinian-Israeli-Jordanian Sesame Street project produced during the height of the Second Intifada. Recently, Labin launched a Sesame pilot initiative to deliver educational content to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Originally from Los Angeles, Labin holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and has spent his career developing and implementing strategic initiatives that promote educational impact at scale.
Gidai Maaza, LMFT
Family Therapist and Mental Health Counselor
Gidai Maaza is a Fresno-based mental health professional with an emphasis on counseling elementary aged children, adolescents, and late adolescents. Maaza strives to bring an effective blend of experience, clarity, empathy and action to the counseling process in order to experience beneficial outcomes and provide authentic healing and wholeness to individuals, families, and communities. Maaza earned an Associate degree from Fresno City College, Bachelors of Arts in liberal studies with an emphasis on Psychology from Fresno Pacific University, and Masters of Science in Counseling from University of Phoenix. Maaza has over 10 years of experience in counseling with a wide range of clients in a variety of treatment settings. These include providing counseling under various nonprofit agencies serving prenatal to young adult mental health, addiction work with the Salvation Army Fresno, clients diagnosed with emotional disturbance via an I.E.P, and at the University level providing staff/student mental health services. Maaza has a broad and unique base of experience counseling children and early/late adolescents. Maaza’s areas of emphasis with children include ADD/ADHD, PTSD, oppositional/conduct disorders, schizophrenia/psychosis, developmental delays, varying degrees of trauma, abandonment, dysfunctional family systems, and addiction. Maaza also focuses on identifying conflict in immigrants and first-generation youth who are navigating racial and cultural oppression. Maaza is a firm believer in the holistic approach that it takes a village to heal all individuals seeking counseling. In addition to the above mentioned specialties, Maaza continues to collaborate with various local social service agencies in order to provide best practices care to the whole person.
Thomas Page McBee
Thomas Page McBee is an author, journalist, and film/tv writer. He in an international speaker on gender, and the first trans man to box in Madison Square Garden.
His Lambda award-winning debut memoir, Man Alive (City Lights, 2014), was named a best book of the year by NPR Books, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, and Publisher’s Weekly. His follow-up, Amateur (Scribner, 2018), was shortlisted for the UK’s Baillie-Gifford nonfiction book prize and the Wellcome Book Prize. His television credits include Tales of the City (Netflix), and The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime).
McBee has taught at the City University of New York’s graduate school of journalism, and serves as an advisor for West Virginia University’s graduate school of journalism. A former senior editor at Quartz, Thomas’s essays and reportage have appeared in the New York Times, Playboy, and The Atlantic. He currently lives with his wife on a mountain outside Los Angeles, where he is adapting Amateur for film, among other projects.
Joseph Derrick Nelson, PhD
Assistant Professor and Senior Research Fellow, Swarthmore College
Joseph Derrick Nelson, PhD is Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at Swarthmore College, and affiliated faculty with the Black Studies Program. He is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives at the University of Pennsylvania. His research to date has employed interdisciplinary frameworks to examine race, boyhood, and education, and within learning environments that largely serve Black students from neighborhoods with concentrated poverty. In his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he taught first-grade in a single-sex class of Black and Latino boys, in the high poverty neighborhood where he grew up.
Program Associate, Promundo-US
Ché Nembhard is a Program Associate at Promundo-US. He supports the team in trainings on Promundo’s methodologies to engage young men and women in gender equality in the United States. He works on project implementation, generating new tools centered on the promotion of healthy masculinities, and proposal development. Previously, Nembhard worked at the Executives’ Alliance for Boys & Men of Color, a network of non-profit institutions, where he focused on the development of collective action strategies for foundation executives to contribute to the success and access to equal opportunities for boys and young men of Black, Native, Latino, and API descent. He also worked with the Department of State during the Obama administration, supporting research on violence and conflict resolution domestically and in Central America.
New York Times Best Selling Author, Girls & Sex and Boys & Sex
Peggy Orenstein is an internationally-acclaimed expert on the challenges facing teens, college students — and their parents — as they come of age in today’s culture, She is the author of the New York Times best-sellers Boys & Sex, Girls & Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter and Waiting for Daisy as well as Don’t Call Me Princess, Flux and the classic SchoolGirls. A contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, Orenstein has also written for such publications as The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, The Atlantic and The New Yorker, and has contributed commentaries to NPR’s “All Things Considered.”
Orenstein is frequently sought-after as an expert by national media and has been featured on, among other programs, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The Today Show, Morning Joe, NPR’s Fresh Air and The PBS News Hour. Her TED Talk, “What Young Women Believe About Their Own Sexual Pleasure,” has been viewed over 4.6 million times.
As a speaker, she is known for her provocative insight, conversational style and surprising wit. Her fresh take on such topics as sexual consent, ethics and pleasure; the influences of mainstream media, social media and pornography; the rise of hookup culture; sexual consent; and gender socialization have made her a sought-after speaker on high school and college campuses as well as at professional conferences. Orenstein has spoken to audience throughout the U.S. and abroad including at numerous high schools; colleges; medical schools; conferences such as TED, South by Southwest, The Aspen Institute and the White House (the Obama administration).
Vice President, MARC
Alix Pollack is a DEI executive, researcher, facilitator, and leader of Catalyst’s MARC™ (Men Advocating Real Change™) initiative, which inspires men to leverage their unique opportunity and responsibility to be advocates for equity. Pollack is a recognized expert on the topic of engaging men in equity and inclusion and is a passionate advocate herself. Across nearly a decade of work at Catalyst, she has authored many research reports, including most recently “How Men Respond to Sexism in a Climate of Silence.” Prior to joining Catalyst, her experience includes advising the Côte D’Ivoire Mission at the United Nations on post-conflict re-integration programming for women and girls, and public health fieldwork in Bangladesh focused on maternal and child health.
Chief Executive Officer, A Call to Men
Tony Porter is an author, educator, and activist working to advance social justice issues and the Chief Executive Officer of A Call to Men. Porter is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood. He is a leading voice on male socialization — the intersection of masculinity and violence against women, and healthy, respectful manhood. Porter’s 2010 TED Talk has been named by GQ Magazine as one of the “Top 10 TED Talks Every Man Should See.”
Porter is an adviser to the National Football League, providing policy consultation, working extensively with player engagement, and facilitating violence prevention and healthy manhood training. He has also provided training to the National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, and Major League Baseball. He is an international lecturer for the U.S. State Department, having extensive global experience including Brazil, India, and Africa, and has been a guest presenter to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Porter has worked with the United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.
He is sought after for his in-depth understanding of the collective socialization of men, and has served as a script consultant for the Emmy Award-winning television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Porter is the author of “Breaking Out of the Man Box” and the visionary for “NFL Dads: Dedicated to Daughters.”
Director, Global Equity and Inclusion, P&G
Karl Preissner is Director of Procter and Gamble’s Equality and Inclusion practice where he focuses on gender partnerships, Learning & Development programs, and connecting P&G with E&I efforts in the Cincinnati area. Prior to working in E&I, he spent 18 years in R&D working on a variety of P&G businesses including New Business Creation efforts for our Family Care and Beauty Care businesses. Karl has expertise in Innovation Strategies, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership Development.
Beyond P&G, Preissner is an active member in the community. In 2005, he helped startup Lily Pad USA, a non-profit that established free Wifi hot spots in public venues through the region. He is currently on the Board for the Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the Ohio River Way, an organization which promotes the use and development of the Ohio River. In 2007, Preissner was selected as a member of the Cincinnati Business Courier Forty Under 40. He is married to Erin Heidrich and lives in Cincinnati, OH.