Guest Speakers

Dave Pallone worked 18 years as a professional umpire; 10 of those years with the National Baseball League. As the third youngest umpire in baseball history, he demonstrated courage, professionalism and the ability to withstand adversity through many of baseball’s high profile and controversial events. He is the author of the 1990 New York Time’s best-selling autobiography, Behind the Mask: My Double Life in Baseball. Dave brings his philosophy of respecting yourself and others to the forefront. He provides insight into the complex issues and challenges that come from understanding sexual orientation.

Jackson Katz is one of America's leading anti-sexist male activists. An educator, author and filmmaker, he is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education with men and boys, particularly in the sports culture and the military. He is the co-founder of the Mentors In Violence Prevention (MVP) program, the leading gender violence prevention initiative in professional and college athletics. He is the director of the first worldwide domestic and sexual violence prevention program in the United States Marine Corps. He is also the creator and co-creator of educational videos for college and high school students, including Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity (2000), Wrestling With Manhood (2002) and Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies and Alcohol (2004).
As a nationally acclaimed speaker Steve has delivered presentations to thousands of people across the country. His speeches, workshops, seminars and lectures continue to get rave reviews. His passion for academic excellence, student motivation, diversity education and leadership development has led him to be an inspiration to those seeking honest dialogues and solutions. He has committed himself to dealing with long standing historical issues impacting people of color. He is not afraid to answer the previously unanswered question. Nor, is he afraid to pose the question yet formed. Steve has developed a unique way of presenting sensitive topics in a high-energy, challenging, fun-filled, yet thought-provoking way. His interactive style, and rave reviews have caused clients to invite him back again and again.




Pedro Noguera
Pedro Noguera is an urban sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions in the urban environment. Dr. Noguera is also the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education and the co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS).  In 2008, he was appointed by the Governor of New York to serve on the State University of New York Board of Trustees. He has published over one hundred and fifty research articles, monographs and research reports on topics such as urban school reform, conditions that promote student achievement, youth violence, the potential impact of school choice and vouchers on urban public schools, and race and ethnic relations in American society. 




Wade Davis, Jr. 


Wade Davis, Jr. who was signed as a free agent for the Tennessee Titans, played in preseason games for the Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks, and went on to play for the Barcelona Dragons and Berlin Thunder as part of NFL Europe, came out in 2012 when he began working at the Hetrick Martin Institute (HMI), where he teaches promising LGBT youth how to define success for themselves and thrive in society.

He is also a member of the GLSEN sports advisory board, and is an LGBT Surrogate for President Obama, in which he speaks at events on behalf of the President. His writing has appeared in the Huffington PostNew York Times, and other outlets, and he has also appeared on CNN, NPR, and BET. His own book, Interference, about his journey from adolescence to coming out, which details his relationship with his mother, playing in the NFL, working with LGBTQ youth, and the Obama election, is scheduled to be released later this year.