2019 Conference Speakers


Opening Keynote: The Opposite of Hate

Sally Kohn

Sally Kohn is one of the leading progressive voices in America today. Currently a CNN political commentator and columnist, Sally's first book THE OPPOSITE OF HATE was published in April 2018. Sally is a frequent keynote speaker at business conferences and college campuses talking about political division, hate, otherizing, diversity and identity — and how we can solve the deep problems of our past and present.

Previously a Fox News contributor, Sally's writing has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, New York Magazine, More Magazine, RollingStone, USA Today, Time, Afar Magazine and many other outlets. Her three hit TED Talks have been viewed more than 4 million times and her work has been highlighted by outlets ranging from the Colbert Report to the National Review. Sally is a popular media trainer and public speaking coach, helping build the skills of everyone from grassroots leaders to C-suite executives.

Find Sally: website, on Twitter @sallykohn, and on Instagram @SallyKohn.


Closing Keynote: From Privilege to Progress

Michelle Saahene & Melissa DePino

Melissa DePino and Michelle Saahene met at Starbucks in Philadelphia on April 12, 2018. They connected after witnessing two innocent black men being arrested for not buying a coffee. Michelle was the first person to speak up, and Melissa tweeted the video, which went viral with over 13 million views. It took their cohesive effort -- a black woman and a white woman standing up to racism -- to set off an international story that sparked the dialogue on what racism looks like today. 

Together they started From Privilege to Progress, a national movement that calls on allies to #ShowUp against racism by understanding and using their privilege to speak up in their everyday lives and amplify in their social media networks.

Melissa and Michelle continue the conversation they started that day through social media campaigns and speaking engagements that create awareness and inspire action.

Find Michelle and Melissa: website, on Facebook, on Twitter @privtoprog, and on Instagram @privtoprog.


Featured Speaker: If “Yes” Means “Yes” and “No” Means “No,” then Why is Teaching Consent so Hard?

Sara Narva

Sara Narva teaches theater, dance, sex ed, and serves as the Co-Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, at The Crefeld School. She also serves as an advisor. Steeped in the pedagogy of progressive education, Sara invites her dance and theater students to bring their physical, emotional, personal, and intellectual selves into the learning space. 

Sara’s signature curriculum, Power/Play: Teen Dating & Healthy Relationships, which goes beyond the basics of sex ed and delves into the complex dynamics of building healthy relationships that set teens up for becoming healthy adults, has been presented at conferences throughout the country. She has been a sex educator for over 20 years and values creating an environment for students to think, learn and talk about complex issues they face.  

Workshop Presenters

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Starr W. Snead

Founder & Creative Director, Advancement Connections

WORKSHOP: Solicitation Savvy = Fearless Fundraising

Starr is the founder and principal of Advancement Connections, a firm dedicated to serving advancement professionals and volunteers in schools throughout the United States and internationally. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, Advancement Connections provides fundraising, constituency relations, marketing/enrollment, strategic planning and communications services exclusively to PS-12 schools.

Prior to Advancement Connections, Starr was the executive director of the Advancement Program Council (APC) in Washington, DC, and Starr has worked in independent schools since 1972 as a teacher, administrator and more recently as advancement director for Greenhill School in Dallas; Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City; and Ashley Hall in Charleston.