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NCGS Annual Conference Speakers 2012

Katie Koestner
Katie Koestner

Katie Koestner, national expert on student safety and teen relationship culture. Her career began in 1991 when she became the first victim of date rape to speak out nationally about her experience at The College of William and Mary. Koestner is a national expert on student safety and teen relationship culture. She has appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine, The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Nightly News, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, and other national television programs. She is the subject of an HBO movie and has lectured at over 1700 schools in North America. Her audiences have included the incoming classes at MIT, Brown University, the top 200 officers of the Department of Defense, and the American Association of School Administrators. In 2010, the US Ambassador to India invited Katie to keynote and lead a 19 day campaign in India to raise awareness about Violence Against Women. In 2011, Ms. Koestner’s Foundation, Take Back The Night, was chosen by the TV Show, The Good Wife, as their charity of choice for their Celebrity Golf Tournament. She has assisted the US Department of Education in developing and providing programs to women in high risk communities. Her testimony on Capitol Hill was instrumental in the passage of federal student safety legislation.

Dr. Sybril Bennett
Dr. Sybril Bennett

Dr. Sybril Bennett, a Vanderbilt educated, Harvard trained, two-time Emmy award winning multimedia journalist. She is currently an Associate Professor at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee where she helped to establish the New Century Journalism Program. With more than 20 years of experience, she’s worked at ABC in Milwaukee and at CBS in Chicago and in Nashville. Dr. Syb’s first book, “The Color-Full Alphabet Book” is a Dr. Seuss like work for children dedicated to President Barack Obama. In her forthcoming book, “The Underground Railroad is Back, Shhh…Don’t Tell Nobody,” she applies her 7 elements of innovation to the Underground Railroad and to the digital age.

Madeline Di Nonno
Madeline Di Nonno

Madeline Di Nonno, Executive Director of The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and See Jane. She brings over 25 years experience in media, marketing and business development in the entertainment, digital media and consumer packaged goods industries. Founded in 2004, The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and its programming arm See Jane is the only organization working to improve gender diversity for children with entertainment and media companies. Its mission is to transform how the entertainment community depicts children in its content, sensitize the industry on gender portrayals and reduce stereotyping in entertainment and media targeting children 11 and under. Their work combines cutting-edge research, training, strategic guidance and advocacy that impact how children are reflected in media. Previously, Madeline served as President and CEO of On The Scene Productions, a leader in the digital media.

Charles Fadel
Charles Fadel

Charles Fadel, a global education thought leader and expert, author, and inventor. He has worked with a wide variety of education ministries and organizations, and has contributed to education projects in more than thirty countries. He has contributed to and has been featured by media such as National Public Radio (NPR), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the Huffington Post, and others. Co-author of a best-selling book titled 21st Century Skills – Learning for Life in our Times (Wiley).

Heather Hays
Heather Hays

Heather Hays, an Emmy Award winning news anchor who has worked in television news for close to 20 years and is in one of the top 5 markets in the country – Dallas-Fort Worth. Evening Anchor for KDFW Fox 4 Dallas-Ft. Worth. (And current Hockaday parent!) But she still gets out from behind the anchor desk to work on special reports/shows including: “Countdown to Kick Off” (co-hosting the Dallas Cowboys first home game pregame show live from the field), “Komen Race for the Cure” and “March for Babies.” Heather was crowned Miss Hawaii 1992 and competed in the Miss USA pageant. She graduated summa cum laude, and class valedictorian with a BS from Chaminade University of Honolulu. She earned her Masters of Science from Boston University.

Catherine Orenstein
Catherine Orenstein

Catherine Orenstein, Founder and Director of The OpEd Project. Founder and Director of The OpEd Project, has contributed to the op-ed pages of the New York Times, Washington Post and Miami Herald. Her commentaries on women, politics, popular culture, mythology and human rights have been nationally syndicated and appear in anthologies. She has lectured at Harvard and appeared on ABC TV World News, Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNN and NPR All Things Considered. A graduate of Harvard (MA) and Columbia (MA) universities, she is the author of Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality & the Evolution of a Fairy Tale, which explores stories told about women over 500 years across multiple continents, and how they shape our lives today.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Filmmaker, actress, and advocate for women and girls. Newsom wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 Sundance documentary Miss Representation, which explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence. She worked overseas for Conservation International, a global environmental organization, where her primary focus was providing micro-enterprise opportunities to women. Upon graduation from business school, she moved to Los Angeles where she performed in numerous films and TV shows. Jennifer founded Girls Club Entertainment to develop and produce independent films that empower women.

Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair
Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair

Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant, and author. Dr. Steiner-Adair is the co-author of Full of Ourselves: A Wellness Program Advancing Girl Power Health and Leadership. (Published by Teachers College Press, 2006, with Lisa Sjostrom) She was the recipient of generous funding from the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Foundation to research and develop an eating disorders primary prevention program for girls ages 8-13. Emphasizing girls personal power and overall mental and physical wellness, it addresses critical issues of body preoccupation and reduces risk for disordered eating in girls (grades 3-8). This is the first primary prevention program of its kind to show sustained positive changes in girls body image, body satisfaction and body esteem. She is the Director of Eating Disorders Education and Prevention at the Klarman Eating Disorders Center at McLean Hospital, and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Jess Weiner
Jess Weiner

Jess Weiner, considered this generation’s ”Go-To-Authority” on women, girls, and confidence. Jess has spent over 17 years at the center of women and girl’s social issues. She travels worldwide working with community leaders, mothers, daughters, and CEO’s in settings ranging from town halls to boardrooms, classrooms, and living rooms. In 2003, she launched Talk to Jess, LLC, a consulting company that specializes in creating authentic and empowering content for women and girls. Jess has authored two best-selling books, “A Very Hungry Girl” and “Life Doesn’t Begin 5 Pounds From Now” and is currently working on her third book helping mothers and daughters create ultimate and lasting confidence in their lives. Jess serves as Dove’s Global Ambassador for Self-Esteem and is currently an adjunct professor at USC in the Annenberg School of Journalism.

Julie Marie Carrier
Julie Marie Carrier

Julie Marie Carrier has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, Fox, MTV and in The New York Times, and is the go-to speaker and award-winning author for girls on leadership, character and self-respect. An Emmy-Nominee, Julie brings these messages to millions of homes on national TV as a girls’ success and confidence coach for “MADE”—MTV’s #1 Emmy-Award-winning positive goal achievement show for youth. Julie’s messages are also featured in the New York Times best-seller, The Success Principles, Chicken Soup for the Extraordinary Teen Soul, and in her national award-winning book, BeYOUtiful!, considered a best new book for young women on personal leadership and character. This outreach is Julie’s mission. Concerned by the lack of positive role models and messages for girls in the media, Julie left a prestigious career as a Senior Management Consultant in Leadership Development for the Pentagon—where she leveraged her background in “brain-based learning” and developed innovative leadership programs for senior executives for four years—in order to serve as a national advocate, mentor and speaker for girls and young women. Julie is recognized as much-needed positive role model for girls on the national airwaves and is also the go-to speaker for leading girls’ schools across the country. To learn how to bring Julie to your school and leverage her powerful keynotes and assemblies to reinforce the positive values you instill in your students, please visit: www.juliespeaks.com