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Bay Area Stop Bullying Summit - Sept. 14



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

Opening Remarks

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                      

Lunchtime Welcome

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


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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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.

Thank you,

Conference Planning Team



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