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As a co-founder of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, Joseph Clementi has worked tirelessly to share the story of his personalloss with public audiences at a variety of organizations. Joseph, a New Jersey-based civil engineer, is the proud father of Tyler Clementi, and the loss of his son has put Joseph’s life on a course of activism for LGBT and vulnerable youth across the United States. Having come of age in an era where the capabilities of modern technology (social networking websites, webcams, cell phones, camera phones, etc.) didn’t exist, Joseph had his entire world changed when he learned of the ways in which technology intensifies and exacerbates the issues around youth bullying. Additionally, Joseph has been affected in a very personal manner by the ways in which targeting someone because of their sexual orientation can be especially harmful to the victim. Joseph is speaking out because he wants to use his experience as an educational tool and a way to help reach other people who struggle with feeling isolated, uncared for or misunderstood in schools and homes, the areas where they should feel most valued. The primary message that he wants to spread is his goal of turning “Bystanders into Upstanders.” His view is that there are three people involved in any type of bullying situation: the bully, the victim, and the bystander who sees it but does nothing to help. Joseph wants to share his message that bystanders to hostile behavior have an obligation to get involved and defend those who are targeted. Joseph has spoken out at a number of institutions, including Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Long Island Child Abuse Protection Services, Rutgers University 2011 Symposium and CONTACT We Care Suicide Hotline’s 2012 Annual Gala.
Jane Clementi co-founded the Tyler Clementi Foundation alongside husband Joe because she wants to make sure that our society learns the consequences of discrimination and bullying, as she learned all too personally through the loss of her son. A native of New Jersey and devoted mother of three sons, Jane speaks passionately to parents and community leaders about the need to not merely “accept” or “tolerate” children who come out as LGBT, but to embrace them as wondrous creations of God. Jane, a registered nurse, speaks on the need for parents of LGBT children to come out and speak openly of the love they have for their children, and in doing so each one of us can impact the world around us and create accepting environments. Since losing Tyler, Jane’s spiritual journey has continued to carry and transform her in ways she never would have imagined. She left her church home of many years because she felt that while sitting in the pews of a church that condemned LGBT people she was herself a bystander to bullying. Jane leads an inspirational life through her unique experience which she shares with other parents, and speaks passionately about the need to divorce the concept of “sin” from homosexuality. She has made difficult choices in an impossible situation, and leads by example. She has spoken out in support of LGBT rights and the need for families and communities to embrace their LGBT populations. Jane has spoken before the U.S. Congressional HELP Committee, the National Cathedral, and numerous other faith communities, colleges, universities, high schools, and work places.
Laura Birk is the Vice President of Human Resources for Barilla America where she has been for over 9 years. Laura is responsible for all the talent management and people processes supporting the Americas business which includes the Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Brazil. She is a Board Member for the company, and has the pleasure to serve over 500 employees in the Americas. Laura’s leads a great team who has won several industry awards for wellness, employee benefits, and talent management and development activities. She received her degree from Drury University and prior to her current role, Laura spent 9 years at Morgan Stanley.
Alan S. Buie-King
Alan is the president and chief operating officer of Workplace Options, a global employee well-being company providing emotional, physical, and practical support to more than 46 million people worldwide. He is highly regarded as an innovator and visionary by the international business community for his professional accomplishments, and known as a champion of social and political progress by the LGBT community for his efforts to advance an equal rights agenda. Living in North Carolina, Alan is a founding member of both the LGBT Center of Raleigh, the largest community organization of its kind in the state, and Out! Raleigh, one of the Southeast’s largest celebrations of LGBT life. He is also currently on the board of Equality NC, a statewide organization dedicated to securing equality and justice for LGBT people.
Trisha Prabhu is the 18-year-old social-entrepreneur, change agent, global anti-bullying advocate, and Founder & CEO of ReThink – a social enterprise that’s working to stop cyberbullying before the damage is done. Trisha is a proud Board Member of the Tyler Clementi Foundation.
Spurred to action by the death of a 12-year old girl that committed suicide because she was repeatedly cyber-bullied, Trisha took on the cause to invent a proactive solution, ReThink – to stop this silent pandemic.
ReThink is a proactive and patented technology solution that detects and stops online hate before it occurs. ReThink is also a student lead movement that calls on their peers to think before you post. ReThink has been recognized and honored by The White House, Google, MIT, and WebMD, and featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, TED, TEDx, and at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University. ReThink has now been introduced to over 5 million students around the world, and over 1400 schools worldwide have pledged to adopt the ReThink message as a solution to stop online hate. Trisha is now working tirelessly to create and rollout ReThink in international languages to schools and communities around the world at no cost to them.
In addition to her work with ReThink, Trisha was elected as first female YMCA Youth and Government Youth Governor of Illinois in 28 years. Over the last 3 years, as a Girls Who Code club leader, Trisha has been volunteer-teaching young women aged 8-18 to code at their local public library.
In the fall of 2018, Trisha will be pursuing an undergraduate degree at Harvard University.
Neil is a public affairs professional based in New York City. At AT&T he creates campaigns linking social impact and business purpose to drive press, reputation and policy objectives. Neil is a fellow with the Aspen Institute and he has a bachelor’s of science from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations. The subjects of community engagement and media campaigns he has created have included cyberbullying, advising parents with children using mobile devices, accessible technology for people with disabilities and traffic safety for pedestrians and cyclists. Neil previously worked for Michael Bloomberg on his two re-election campaigns and in the New York City Council. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children
Robin Dillard, a business equality advocate and supplier diversity expert, is CEO and Managing Principal of The Business Equality Network (BEQ) and Publisher of Business Equality Pride (BEQ Pride) magazine.
The Business Equality Network (BEQ) is a group of strategic media, consulting, research and business accelerators committed to reaching and empowering LGBTQ, women, minority and other underrepresented, underserved and underutilized business communities. BEQ leverages its dedicated communication platforms to facilitate an increase in cross-sector (public, private, civil society) engagement of diverse professionals, business-owners and entrepreneurs.
Prior to BEQ, Robin co-founded Affinity Inc Magazine. Affinity Inc Magazine was the first national publication solely dedicated to LGBT equality in business. During her tenure at Affinity Inc Magazine, Dillard championed the national LGBT business voice with the support of brands like American Airlines, Apple, Chevron, EY, IBM and United Airlines. Dillard also created the Top Corporations for LGBT Economic Empowerment list, recognizing 100 large employers for their contribution to the well-being of LGBT businesses and employees.
Robin is a former IBM management consultant, federal civil servant with the Internal Revenue Service and inventor of System and Method for Outcomes-based Delivery of Services, US 20070143159 A1- USPTO, 2007 (patent pending).
She is also a six-time marathoner, an HRC Athlete for Equality, member of the Board Trustees of the Elisabeth Morrow School, Board Member of TurnOut and a portraitist. Robin is a graduate of Chatham College with a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University. She lives in Englewood, NJ, with her husband and daughter.
Kevin Carroll is a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Kevin was at Goldman Sachs for over 12 years as a Private Wealth Advisor and member of the prestigious PWM Advisory Council.
Kevin hails originally from the Midwest, where he grew up in Chicago. He obtained his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Notre Dame and upon graduation immediately went to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers where he covered a variety of Fortune 500 accounts as a CPA. He eventually became a manager at PwC. Kevin then opted to pursue business school, obtaining his MBA from Wharton.
Kevin joined the board of TCF in November 2016. Kevin also serves as a board member of NOVA Hope for Haiti as well as The Chris Lary Memorial Fund of the Alliance for Catholic Education at Notre Dame. He is also actively involved with Facing History & Ourselves, most recently serving as a board member in Chicago for over ten years. Kevin is a resident of Manhattan and makes his home in the West Village
Caryn Reed-Hendon, Ph.D.
Caryn Reed-Hendon, Ph.D. is the Director of Diversity & Inclusion at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB). At OUWB, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Office for Diversity & Inclusion, underrepresented in medicine student recruitment, pre-med mentoring, and pipeline programs. In her role she has created community partnerships with Cranbrook Horizons Upward Bound, Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program, and the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program. Her role in the medical school has allowed her to build bridges among the School of Education and Human Services, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the School of Nursing, the School of Health Sciences, Pre-College Programs, and the Center for Multicultural Initiatives, as a means to get new and current students interested in careers in health promotion, STEM and education.
Prior to her role at the medical school, she was employed at the University of Michigan-Dearborn where she served as Assistant Director for Orientation Programs for over five years. She has over ten years of higher education experience specifically in the area of Student Affairs. She has served on a number of professional educational committees and has worked collaboratively to present materials at regional and national conferences. Ms. Reed Hendon’s memberships include: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.- Rho Sigma chapter, National Association of Medical Minority Educators, and King Chavez Parks Future Faculty Fellows.
Dr. Reed-Hendon obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her Master of Arts Degree from Eastern Michigan University. She recently earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Oakland University in 2013.
Vikrum Vishnubhakta, MBA, MPH
Vikrum Vishnubhakta, MBA, MPH, was born and raised in Wisconsin to Indian immigrants. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry with an Honors designation and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Finance, both at the University of Wisconsin. Mr. Vishnubhakta received a MPH with a concentration in Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and completed his MBA at the Columbia Business School. As the Managing Director at Forward Consultants, the firm he helped start in 2009, Mr. Vishnubhakta has conducted several evaluation analyses and developed programs centered on improving maternal and child health, adolescent health, and health for individuals with one or more chronic conditions. An avid pianist, cyclist, runner, sailor, and skier, he currently lives in New York and identifies as LGBT.
Mitchell Gold, co-founder and Chair-man of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, is a different kind of man running a very different kind of business. In every aspect of his personal and business life, he strives to make a difference. Founded in 1989, the company based its manufacturing in rural Taylorsville, NC, and remains there today with a modern factory, warehouse and distribution center with close to one million square feet of space to support the brand’s growing retail, wholesale and contract/hospitality sectors.
In addition to running a multi-million-dollar company, Mitchell co-founded Faith in America; a nonprofit that educates people about the harm religious intolerance causes LGBT Americans, especially vulnerable teens. In addition to serving on the Board of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) for seven years, he currently serves on the Board of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to end online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces and faith communities in the United States. Recently Faith in America and The Tyler Clementi Foundation joined forces to end religious-based bullying.
As Director of Marketing Solutions for Brand Partnerships at Chegg, Inc., Danielle Malloy is responsible for developing digital and experiential programs that connect Fortune 500 brands with the youth market, particularly high school and college students. Chegg is the leading digital platform dedicated to helping millions of students succeed from the moment they start thinking about college through the time they land their first job out of college. Danielle thrives on leveraging data and insights about what matters most to students to help advertisers establish meaningful and mutually rewarding connections with them online and on campus. Last year, she worked with the Tyler Clementi Foundation and Rutgers University to promote the #Day1 campaign by producing and delivering 5,600 boxes of first year essentials to incoming freshmen. The #Day1 box included items sourced from Chegg’s brand partners, #Day1 promotional materials, and information about various resources at Rutgers University to help new students transition to college.
Peter Drake graduated from Stanford University and Stanford Business School, and owned a consulting firm serving non-profit board and staff leadership for many years. He also worked in banking, marketing, and real estate. Peter has served on over 10 non-profit boards, and now volunteers through his COIL Foundation (http://www.coilfoundation.org). He came out in 2009 as a gay man after a long straight marriage, and has two adult children, both of whom are gay. Peter has appeared on the Dr. Oz show, testified in the California State Senate, and currently serves on the board of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, the Grace Cathedral, and TurnOut. He was a trustee of the Tyler Clementi Foundation. He is now the inaugural member of the TCF Advisory Council. Along the way, his passion for music led him to envision “Tyler’s Suite,” and he was central to commissioning this powerful song cycle. Peter is newly married to Jared Moreno Drake; they make their home in the San Francisco Bay Area, and travel extensively.
Scott F. Leibowitz, MD
Scott Leibowitz, MD is the Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services for the THRIVE gender and sex development program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Leibowitz completed his child and adolescent psychiatry training at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he first developed a psychosocial assessment and treatment clinic in coordination with the hospital’s Gender Management Service- the first formal, multidisciplinary clinic for transgender youth in an American children’s hospital. He subsequently moved to Chicago and served in the Gender & Sex Development at Lurie Children’s Hospital before taking on his current role. He is currently the co-chairman of the Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Issues Committee for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, a member of the Global Education Initiative for the World Professional Association of Transgender Health, and was appointed Chapter Lead for the Adolescent Assessment chapter in the upcoming revision of the WPATH Standards of Care, which will be its 8th edition. He also served as an expert witness in 2016 for the United States Department of Justice in its legal action against the State of North Carolina for its anti-transgender HB2 bill as well as an ACLU 2017 federal case in Pennsylvania on school bathroom use, for which the ruling was in favor of transgender youths’ rights. He is the lead author for AACAP’s conversion therapy policy statement and has also testified in Illinois in favor of its statewide conversion therapy ban, which passed in 2015.
Maren Greathouse, Director of the Tyler Clementi Center
Maren Greathouse serves as Director of the Tyler Clementi Center at Rutgers University. She oversees all strategic planning, research efforts, academic initiatives, external partnerships and operations. Prior to assuming this role, Maren founded and served as the inaugural Director of the LGBTQ and Diversity Resource Center at Rutgers University-Newark, Director of LGBT Student Development at Towson University and Student Support Specialist at the LGBT Campus Center at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Maren graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Masters of Science degree in Social Responsibility, a program grounded in the study of social identity politics, structural oppression, and the social responsibility of individuals, organizations, governments and the private sector. Maren is currently pursuing a terminal degree in Higher Education Leadership with the Rutgers Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include equity and diversity, student affairs praxis and class dynamics in higher education.