International Bullying Prevention Conference 2019

Keynote Speakers and Presenters

Anti-bullying Conference 2019

Keynote Speakers

Join us and be a part of the solution. Evidence-based practices will be shared by the international research community as well as practitioners leading the way with creative tools and strategies. An exhibit hall, opening reception, continental breakfasts, yoga and more are included with your registration.

Jasmine Baber

Founder and Creative Director - Love Girl Magazine

Jasmine Babers is a senior at the University of Illinois in Chicago, where she is double majoring in Gender and Women’s Studies and Political Science. On-campus Jasmine wears many hats; she is the treasurer and social chair of SISTERS, a member of Woman 2 Woman, and a founding member of the UIC philanthropy group. Jasmine’s most prized accomplishment is being the founder and editor of Love Girls Magazine. She started Love Girls when she was 15 years old, in response to bullying, sexism and other injustices that she saw regarding women and girls.

As the founder and creative director of Love Girls Magazine and a Peace First Fellow, Jasmine Babers channels her experience as a teenager leading a for girls, by girls national organization to share what she’s learned about bullying, self-doubt, and social justice. Since January of 2012, Jasmine has been collecting stories from across the country about self-esteem, body-image what it means to “stand up to bullies” an through her experience has learned a great deal about collaboration, empathy and being fearless in the pursuit of your dreams. Explore the possibilities of a world without bullies and why young people need to be at the forefront of the movement.

Dr. Jeanette Betancourt

Senior Vice President for U.S. Social Impact - Sesame Street in Communities

Dr. Betancourt is the Senior Vice President for U.S. Social Impact at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street. She directs the development and implementation of community and family engagement initiatives making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and their families. These research-based initiatives are designed to impact children’s early learning, health and well-being, and provide strategies and resources to counteract the effects of trauma while fostering the critical connections that adults have on children’s lives.

Join us for an inside look at how Sesame Street in Communities (SSIC) uses research-based strategies and materials to cultivate young children’s development and well-being while engaging the important adults in their lives. Building on Sesame Street’s 50-year commitment to addressing children’s developmental, physical, and emotional needs, SSIC offers resources to engage children and adults in everyday moments and daily routines – from teaching early math and literacy concepts, to learning how to manage emotions, to building resilience in the face of traumatic experiences. We know that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can have long-term negative effects on a child’s brain development and future wellbeing, especially when confronted with repeated traumatic experiences, such as bullying. But we also know that children are remarkably resilient, and one of the best ways in which we can counteract the effects of traumatic experiences is by fostering nurturing connections between children and the grownups in their lives, including parents, caregivers, educators, and community service providers. With the help of our loveable Muppet friends, SSIC is connecting and empowering these important grownups to build a “circle of care” to help children – especially the most vulnerable – get off to a strong and healthy start.

Maya Enista Smith

Executive Director - Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation

Maya Smith is the Executive Director of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the wellness of young people and working with them to build a kinder and braver world.

As Executive Director of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, Maya Smith shares what she and the organization have learned about the transformational power of kindness to support the wellbeing of individuals and to help communities to thrive. Join Maya as she explores the factors that contribute to the creation of kind environments, how we can use kindness as a tool to foster our mental and emotional wellbeing, and how we can better equip young people with the resources they need to support themselves and one another.


Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology - University of Guelph

Ryan Broll, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. His areas of research interest include bullying and cyberbullying, policing, and victimization. Dr. Broll’s research is particularly focused on using quantitative and qualitative methods to understand the multiple influences on, and outcomes of, youthful deviance and victimization, with an emerging emphasis on resilience.


Global Digital Safety Advocate - Microsoft

Jacqueline F. Beauchere is the Global Digital Safety Advocate for Microsoft Corp. where she is responsible for numerous aspects of Microsoft’s online safety strategy, including policy creation and implementation, and communications and engagement with a variety of external audiences.


Head of Trust and Safety - Twitch

Catherine Teitelbaum is the Head of Trust and Safety at Twitch, overseeing global policy creation, brand protection, and content moderation. Catherine comes to Twitch with over 20 years of experience in the field of online safety. Previously, Catherine was also the Head of Trust and Safety at Kik Interactive and the Chief Trust & Safety Officer at Ask.fm. At KidZania, Catherine was the Vice President of Global Trust and Safety where she developed the company’s first international experiential marketing program and transnational loyalty program for children. Catherine holds a BA in Rhetoric from the University of California – Davis and K-12 teaching credentials from Santa Clara University.


Director at Two Hat and a Co-Founder of the Fair Play Alliance

Carlos Figueiredo, Director, Fair Play Alliance, spent the last ten years (including six years at Disney Interactive Studios) keeping online communities healthy. One of the founding members of the Fair Play Alliance, he currently works alongside brilliant people at Two Hat Security and partner organizations to tackle the big online behaviour challenges of our connected times. Carlos has moderated a panel at the Game Developers Conference 2018, spoken at a panel at LA Games Conference 2018 and was a speaker at RovioCon 2018 and Game UX Summit 2018.


Deputy CEO - The Diana Award

Alex is Deputy CEO at non-profit The Diana Award, which is a legacy to Princess Diana’s belief that young people have the power to change the world. He is founder of peer to peer support programme Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, a network of trained young people dedicated to preventing peer on peer violence and bullying particularly in schools. The programme has trained over 33,000 young people across UK, Ireland, Greece, Miami (United States) empowering young people to keep themselves and their peers safe and happy, in 3,800 schools. Alex sits on the global safety advisory boards of a number of the major social media and tech companies advising them on their approach to safety and online harms.


PhD Candidate - Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

Hannah Gaffney is a PhD candidate in Criminology at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, currently in her final year of her doctoral programme. Hannah’s doctoral research is concerned with ‘what works’ in school- and cyber-bullying intervention and prevention programs.


Associate Professor - University of Illinois Chicago

Decoteau Irby is an associate professor at the University of Illinois Chicago in the Department of Educational Policy Studies where he teaches and advises in the College’s Urban Education Leadership program area. He researches equity-focused school leadership as a lever to improve Black children’s academic and socio-emotional experiences and outcomes.


Professor of school psychology at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and co-director of the Bullying Research Network

Susan Swearer is the Willa Cather Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and a licensed psychologist. She co-founded and co-directs the Bullying Research Network (http://cehs.unl.edu/brnet), directs the Empowerment Initiative (http://cehs.unl.edu/empowerment), and is coauthor/coeditor of the books: Bullying Prevention and Intervention: Realistic Strategies for Schools, Handbook of Bullying in Schools and Bullying in North American Schools.

Join us and be a part of the solution. Evidence-based practices will be shared by the international research community as well as practitioners leading the way with creative tools and strategies. An exhibit hall, opening reception, continental breakfasts, yoga and more are included with your registration.


Look who is coming together to build health communities across the globe…

Sarah Adkins

Student Assistance Coordinator - Maine Department of Education

Sarah Adkins holds degrees in human ecology and educational leadership, and is pursuing the credentials to be a school counselor. Starting her career as teacher, it progressed into coordinating programming for marginalized youth, developing social emotional trainings for teachers, and now, addressing ways to support students. In her role at the Maine DOE, she provides guidance to schools about Maine’s anti-bullying law, collaborates discussions about student behavior, and tirelessly advocates for all Maine kids.

Amy Jones Anichini

Founder & President - Act Like You Matter

Amy Jones Anichini is a bullying intervention/prevention specialist and youth empowerment mentor. She authors content that teaches children and teens how to build resilience and overcome/combat bullying and equips their parents and teachers to help them. As Founder & President of Act Like You Matter, Inc. and Executive Director & Author of Theatre of Peace, Amy creates and delivers anti-bullying workshops for K-12 in Southern California, packed with solutions and tools students can use immediately.

Mary Baird

Mentor Coordinator - Penn State Behrend

Mary Baird serves as Penn State Behrend’s Mentor Coordinator. She has over a decade of experience in the field of mentoring and relational aggression. Formerly, she served as the CEO of The Ophelia Project. During her tenure, she traveled throughout the nation working with students on all levels to reduce relational aggression and build a comprehensive mentoring program. She has co-authored anti-bullying and mentoring curriculum, as well as developed video materials for general use.

Johnna Baker

Attorney/Retired Educator and Administrator - Johnna Baker Law Firm LLC.

Johnna Baker is a licensed attorney, speaker, and educator in the state of Alabama. She has more than thirty year’s in the public school system as an administrator and is now practicing law in the area of domestic relations. Ms. Baker is the author of Please Do Not Bully Me, I Am Just Like You Don’t You See.(A Manual for Administrators and Parents) Using a unique combination of poetry, prose and legal statutes she offers a unique combination of the emerging legal aspects of education while providing the laymen’s perspective on solutions every parent needs. The author’s diverse background and education offers the perfect combination of skills and education from which to address he sensitive and complicated topic of bullying. In addition to being a practicing attorney, Ms. Baker is equally skilled in the field of education obtaining a BS Degree in Secondary Education, a MA in Secondary Education, a MA in Administration, an EDs in Educational leadership. Ms. Baker travels throughout the Southeast speaking to educational groups on such topics as Team Building, Conflict Resolution and How to Document for Success. Ms. Baker was recently invited to be the keynote speaker June Barrett CNP Director for the State of Alabama in November 2019 at Perdido Beach in Orange Beach Alabama.

Miranda Ballesteros

Student - Amanda Forum

Miranda Ballesteros is a senior at Valparaiso High School and a vital member of the Amanda Forum. She will lead a group of other student leaders in facilitating the #LetsStartTalking workshop.

Leslie Bond

Independent Consultant

Leslie Mitchel Bond, M.Ed is a child abuse prevention and early childhood development consultant. From 2013-2017, she served as the Founding Director of Bullying/Peer Abuse Prevention Services for Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA). Prior to that role, Ms. Bond launched and directed PCAA’s Healthy Families America home visitor program. Ms. Bond has lectured extensively across the country on the subject of child abuse prevention, healthy parenting, and has authored numerous articles.

Laurie Campbell

Assistant Professor - University of Central Florida

Laurie O. Campbell, Ed.D., is an Asst. Professor at the University of Central Florida, She is co-director of the Behavioral Indicator Training Program https://ccie.ucf.edu/behavioral-indicator-training/. She pursues research related to STEM curriculum and identity among underserved and underrepresented populations through personalized and active learning. The foundation of her interdisciplinary research includes the desire to improve education for all through instructional design and technology.

Nicholas Carlisle

Founder and President - No Bully

Nicholas Carlisle is the President and Founder of No Bully, a nonprofit organization that eradicates bullying and ignites compassion worldwide. Nicholas worked as a barrister in London and served as chairman of the non-profit section of Amnesty International UK. He practiced in California as a child and family psychotherapist and founded No Bully as a non-profit to make childhood bully free. He brought together the collaborative that drives Power of Zero as a global campaign to reshape early learning for a connected world.

Sujung Cho

Assistant Professor - Southern Illinois University

Sujung Cho is an Assistant Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Southern Illinois University. Her primary research interest is how family- and peer-relationships influence developmental trajectories of bullying behavior during adolescence, including how being bullies and victims of bullying affects sexual and dating violence as well as aggression at a later time point.

Sally Cohen

Clinical Professor - New York University

Dr. Cohen’s scholarship focuses on health and social policies for children, with a focus on bullying prevention. She is a nationally recognized leader in advancing health policy and nursing, especially in integrating health policy into nursing education, practice, and research. And she has extensive experienced in national and state health policy. Her interdisciplinary scholarship encompasses nursing, public health, and political science. Among her many honors and leadership roles, Dr. Cohen is Editor-in-Chief of Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice and was elected to the American Academy of Nursing in 1988.

Dr. Carol Collum

Executive Director - True Believers Community Connections

Dr. Carol Collum is a community educator & organizer, an education & business consultant, mentor, and an author who takes pride in empowering clients through education and training as a leadership development professional. She posses a Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change, a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Her passion is to encourage others to expand their knowledge base and skill sets to become a viable asset to the contribution of leadership development.

Jessica Covarrubias

Be Internet Awesome Lead - Google

Jessica Covarrubias leads Google’s Be Internet Awesome program, a multifaceted digital citizenship and online safety program designed to teach students how to navigate the Internet safely and confidently. Jessica holds an MBA and MA in Education with a focus on K-12 from the University of Michigan. Prior to graduate school, she worked in a number of marketing and strategy roles for PepsiCo and Nike. Jessica is originally from Chicago and earned her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.

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Kindness & Compassion: Building Healthy Communities

Attendees will:

  • Learn strategies for positive school climate
  • Receive information to create or enhance your student engagement efforts
  • Design an inclusive school community program
  • Discuss strategies to reduce social-emotional barriers to increase student learning
  • Network with like-minded youth serving partners
  • Gain access to a resource room packed with solutions from exhibitors and sponsors from across the globe

IBPA’s national conference with 800+ participants from around the globe. This conference includes over 35 workshops, an exhibit hall, poster sessions, research panel keynote and national keynote presenters that will inspire you. This annual event is an opportunity to connect and learn from presenters focused on evidence based strategies, hear about new research projects that are underway and leave the conference with a full tool kit of evidence based strategies. Student led sessions are a highlight of this event, keeping our youth voice present while we work on bullying prevention strategies.

Join Us Today

Register early for this event as space is limited. It will be an exciting conference packed with national presenters and new opportunities for learning and networking.

Our Sponsors

The IBPA Board of Directors invites you to serve as a sponsor of the international conference being held in Chicago, IL November 7-9, 2019. IBPA sponsors benefit not only from the high visibility the conference affords, they are key in making the conference affordable for researchers and practitioners from different communities from across the world. We believe that your interest in the issues that will be explored during the conference would make for a natural partnership.

Contributing as a sponsor to this conference supports the important work being done in out communities. While making this event possible, you will increase your exposure to passionate and caring bullying prevention professionals from around the world.

Exhibitor Options Starting at $250
Sponsor Options Starting at $1000

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Evidence-based practices will be shared by the international research community as well as practitioners leading the way with creative tools and strategies.

Join us and be a part of the solution.


Amazing workshops that will help you and your team grow.


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The IBPA Board of Directors invites you to serve as a sponsor of the international conference being held in Chicago, IL November 7-9, 2019.

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An exhibit hall, opening reception, continental breakfasts, yoga and more are included with your registration.

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The International Bullying Prevention Association is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization dedicated to researching and preventing bullying and cyberbullying around the world.  Many IBPA members are well-known cutting-edge researchers in the field of research and prevention.

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