U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, in partnership with San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and San Francisco Superintendent of Schools Richard A. Carranza invite you to join them for an important event.
Friday, September 14th
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Futures Without Violence, The Presidio, San Francisco
This executive-level summit is designed to bring together local, state and federal leaders in law enforcement and education, foundation and community leaders, social media experts, senior policy advisors and decision-makers in a dynamic conversation to share best practices and learn from one another.
- U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Russlynn Ali
- Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division (USDOJ) Tom Perez
- Rosalind Wiseman, Best-selling Author of "Queen Bees and Wannabees" and "Queen Bee Moms and King Pin Dads"
- Lee Hirsch, Director of the acclaimed documentary "Bully"
- And many more voices in the important conversation on the challenge of bullying response and prevention, the impact on school climate, and the long-term and often devastating impact on youth.
8:30 to 9:10
U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag
California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
San Francisco Superintendent of Schools Richard A. Carranza
Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West, U.S. Department of Justice
9:10 to 10:00
Creating a Healthy, Safe and Inclusive School Climate for All Students-The Role of the Federal Government
California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Russlynn Ali
Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Tom Perez, U.S. Department of Justice
10:15 to 11:00
The Effects of Bullying on Young People and Their Families: What Should Schools Do?
Cheryl Jennings, Co-anchor of ABC 7 News
Kelby Johnson, one of the courageous young stars of the movie Bully and a powerful emerging voice for safe schools legislation
Rob Naber, father of Jill Naber and creator of Jill's Ride for Hope
Tom Torlakson, California Superintendent of Public Instruction will discuss the status of anti-bullying laws and legislation in California including implementation of Seth's law
11:00 to 12:15
Prevention and Community Engagement: Promising Approaches to Stop Bullying in the Bay Area
Rebecca Randall, Vice President of Education Programs, Common Sense Media
Dr. Becki Cohn-Vargas, teacher, principal, curriculum director, and superintendent who initiated Not in Our School: Palo Alto, a district-wide effort to combat bullying, harassment, homophobia, and racism
Rick Phillips, MS Ed., Executive Director and founder of Community Matters (CM) which equips young people to be peacemakers in their schools and communities
Staci Slaughter, Senior Vice-President for Communications, San Francisco Giants, will talk about the Giants Strike Out Violence Campaign and the Junior Giants bullying-prevention programs
Maha Elgenaidi, President of the Islamic Network Group which seeks to counter ignorance, bias and bullying by promoting knowledge of American Muslims and their faith
Michael Nguyen, Program Coordinator, Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center, who works with LGBTQ youth and Asian and Pacific Islander youth in the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) and the San Francisco LGBTQ Advisory Committee
12:30 to 1:45
Introduction: Assistant U.S. Attorney Annemarie Conroy
Remarks: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
Lunch Program: Moving from Awareness to Action
Cheryl Jennings, Co-anchor, ABC 7 News
Lee Hirsch, an Emmy-award winning director, was bullied throughout much of his childhood and is determined to give voice to young people who endure similar torment. Hirsch has launched a new initiative, The Bully Project, to improve the collective response to the crisis. More than 1.3 million people have already seen his movie, Bully
Rosalind Wiseman author of Queen Bees and Wannabees, has developed a unique expertise in deciphering the common patterns of aggressive behavior among girls, and in helping adults to understand and support healthy adolescent development
2:00 to 3:15
Planning for Student Safety, Opportunity & Success: Bullying Prevention In Action Around the Bay
Jill Tucker, Staff Writer/Education Reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle
Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen
San Francisco Superintendent of Schools Richard Carranza
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley
Oakland Superintendent of Schools Tony Smith
Sheryl Young, CEO, Community Gatepath the organization guiding the implementation of Respect! 24/7, San Mateo County's anti-bullying and civility initiative
3:15 to 4:30
Harassment and Bullying Online: Promoting an Active Role for "Upstanders"
Anne Collier, Executive Director, Net Family News and Co-Founder of ConnectSafely.org
Dave Steer, Manager of Safety & Trust Team at Facebook,which promotes tools that families can use to stay safe online
Alice Cahn, Vice President of Social Responsibility, Cartoon Network, will discuss the network's implementation of pro-social initiatives including STOP BULLYING SPEAK UP
Officer Holly Lawrence, Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, Digital Safety Program, who has developed a first-in-the-country post-certified program with tools and training materials created to educate children, parents, and communities about safe online experiences and prime young people to build a positive digital reputation
Brian O'Connor, Director of Public Education, Futures Without Violence, member of the MTV Advisory Council and Ad Council Advisory Committee will talk about innovative responses to sexting, best practices for promoting safety in cyberspace and the new Ad Council National PSA Campaign for October "Be More Than a Bystander"
4:45 to 5:00
U.S. Congressman Michael Honda, Chair, Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus
Parking is available at the Presidio Bowling Center parking lot, along Montgomery Street, and in the large parking lot on the Main Post. There are parking meter stations near all parking locations ($1/hour or $6/day).
Please note that this invitation-only event is near capacity. If your plans have changed and you are unable to attend, please contact the conference planners at
as soon as possible. This will allow another guest to attend in your place.
Please feel free to contact us at this address or by phone at 415-967-1007 should you have any questions.
Conference Planning Team