Plenary sessions are an opportunity for all conference attendees to meet in a general assembly for presentations, panels, and workshops. Speakers range from the former Chief of Staff to Michelle Obama, to the award-winning filmmaker of Surviving R Kelly, and many more! See below for more information about our Plenary Speakers.
This plenary will identify strategies for building Corporate Courage as well examples of lessons learned from working directly with nonprofit organizations to address public accountability, increase transparency, and lean into organizational values. Insights will be offered on how nonprofits can be better prepared to work with private sector businesses.
Monika Johnson Hostler is a founding Managing Partner of RALIANCE. She has served as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) since 2003. In addition to working on behalf of 90 rape crisis centers in North Carolina, Monika is a pivotal asset to the national sexual assault movement. Johnson Hostler, serves as the president of the National Alliance Ending Sexual Violence (NAESV). She received her master’s degree in public administration from NC Central University. Her leadership in the anti-sexual violence movement and the public education field are examples of her commitment to social justice and equality.
Tony West is Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary at Uber, where he leads a global team of more than 600 in the company’s Legal, Compliance and Ethics, and Security functions. Previously, Tony was Corporate Secretary and Executive Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs of PepsiCo, a Fortune 50 corporation with net revenues of more than $63 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands like Gatorade, Tropicana, and Frito-Lay.
Tony has more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Tony was twice confirmed by the Senate to serve as a senior official in the Obama administration. From 2012 to 2014, Tony was the Associate Attorney General of the United States, the US Department of Justice’s third¬‐ranking official, where he supervised many of the department’s divisions, including the Civil Rights, Antitrust, Tax, Environment and Natural Resources, and Civil Divisions, as well as the Office of Justice Programs, the Office on Violence Against Women, and the Community Oriented Policing Services Office. As Associate Attorney General, Tony pursued several financial institutions for their roles in precipitating the 2009 financial crisis, securing nearly $37 billion in fines and restitution for Americans who were harmed.
During her eight years at the White House, Tina served as chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, assistant to President Barack Obama, and executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, leading the first-ever White House Summit on Working Families and the first-ever United State of Women Summit.
A high-powered lawyer, Tina’s career accomplishments have established her as a powerful advocate for gender equality. Tina is actively involved with the Time's Up initiative, where 300 prominent women in the entertainment world have banded together to create a legal defense fund which aims to support women dealing with sexual harassment across all industries. Ms. Tchen co-founded the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, which is administered by the National Women’s Law Center, and has raised over $22 million to connect victims of workplace sexual harassment with lawyers. She is a partner at Buckley LLP, where she leads the firm’s Workplace Cultural Compliance practice.
A passionate champion for women’s and children’s issues, Tina shares her unique perspective and insights on workplace culture, breaking through male-dominated industries, and ending campus sexual assault.
Ursula Rucker is a Philadelphia born poet, mother, activist and recording artist. She is dedicated to art as/for social change…and committed to freedom fighting, truth-telling and peace-(and a little trouble ;) making through her chosen art form.
Two Philadelphia disability rights activists and an NPR investigative reporter will talk about why women with intellectual disabilities face some of the highest rates of sexual assault of any group in the country. Debbie Robinson and Carolyn Morgan will address what makes women with intellectual disabilities, like themselves, vulnerable. They will share insights about their personal histories of assault. The conversation will be moderated by NPR Investigative Correspondent Joe Shapiro. He will play one of the stories in his prize-winning series “Abused and Betrayed”. In that audio, self-advocates—including Robinson and Morgan—explain why people with disabilities are at heightened risk. The session will help attendees understand a population that often gets ignored, what makes them more vulnerable, why they often don’t get the support of families, law enforcement and therapists, and what professionals can do.
Joseph Shapiro is a correspondent on NPR’s Investigations Unit. His 2018 series, “Abused and Betrayed”, exposed the epidemic of sexual assault of people with intellectual disabilities. He was the correspondent for NPR’s 2010 series “Seeking Justice For Campus Rapes”. Those stories—a collaboration with the Center for Public Integrity and reporter Kristen Lombardi--helped spur the Obama Administration’s 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter to schools, and Congress, in 2012, to pass The Campus SaVE Act. Other investigations exposed how rising court fines and fees charged to impoverished defendants led to the rise of “modern day debtors’ prisons”; how women in prison get punished more harshly than men for minor violations of prison rules and about the rise of prison homicides from the little-known practice of placing two men in one tiny solitary-confinement cell. Shapiro is the author of “NO PITY: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement.”
Photo credit: Wanyu Zhang/NPR
Debra Robinson is the Executive Director of Speaking for Ourselves. She has lead SFO to become a nationally recognized organization. Before joining SFO, Debbie was active in the disability movement in New York. Debbie was also present at the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. She was appointed to the National Council of Disabilities by President Clinton in 1995 and has served the American Association of People with Disabilities, Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), and has represented the disability community and SFO on many other committees and organizations. Representing the disability community, Debbie works tirelessly to advocate for others and to help others advocate for themselves. Debbie resides in Philadelphia.
Carolyn Morgan was the first person with a disability to receive the Victim Service Award in 2010 by Attorney General Eric Holder, in Washington, D.C., for being an outspoken advocate for people with disabilities, particularly those who have been victims of crime. Ms. Morgan has worked with individuals and groups on both the local and state level to build awareness, educate, and foster collaborations with first responders. She co-founded Self-Advocates United As 1, an advocacy group comprised of people with intellectual disabilities. Carolyn is the mother of a 50-year-old son named Calvin, who loves to work with people with disabilities.
For more than a decade, Pasión y Arte, Philadelphia’s premier all female contemporary flamenco dance company under the direction of Artistic Director, Elba Hevia y Vaca, has been embracing artistic excellence in performance, education and community engagement focused on modern feminist flamenco.
This plenary will feature ‘Surviving R Kelly’ producer Dream Hampton to discuss storytelling, (re)framing narrative, and giving voice to the feelings and experiences of black women and girls and what is needed next to end sexual assault and violence.
dream hampton is an award-winning filmmaker and writer from Detroit. Her most recent works include the Frameline feature documentary "Treasure" (2015) the HBO feature documentary, "It's A Hard Truth Ain't It, (2019), the BET docu-series "Finding Justice" (2019) and Lifetime's “Surviving R. Kelly” (2019), which broke ratings records and had wide and far-reaching impact. hampton is the 2019 recipient of Ms. Foundation's "Gloria" award and was named one of 2019 TIME 100's most influential people in the world.
LaTreice V. Branson is a vivacious educator, disability activist, orator and musician from Philadelphia, who enriches diverse audiences through interactive, drum performances and wellness workshops that often feature impromptu audience collaborations.