Featured Speakers



2020 Featured Speakers will be announced soon!


Ryan Pettengill (Executive Director of You Can Play Project)

Ryan Pettengill is the Executive Director of You Can Play, an international organization that fights homophobia and transphobia in sport at all levels, including partnerships with leagues and teams like the NFL, NHL, CFL, MiLB, CWHL, NWHL, MLL, and many others.







Luana Nelson-Brown (Executive Director of Iowa Coalition for Collective Change)

Luana Nelson-Brown, MSPH is the Executive Director of the Iowa Coalition for Collective Change, an organization the provides training and technical assistance to culturally specific anti-violence organizations, homicide response programs and organizations and corporations wishing to adopt and implement anti-racist policies and procedures and collaborate with marginalized communities according to best practices.





Laura E. Durso (Vice President, LGBT Research and Communications Project)

Laura E. Durso is the vice president of the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress. Using public health and intersectional frameworks, she focuses on the health and well-being of LGBT communities; data collection on sexual orientation and gender identity; and improving the social and economic status of LGBT people through public policy.