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Kevin Balktick is a New York-based producer, creative director, and cultural entrepreneur focused on creating live experiences in service of communities. He has spent the last fifteen years designing and executing communal experiences of many stripes in churches, warehouses, libraries, mansions, prisons, universities, cemeteries, city streets, and the great outdoors. His work has been featured in The New York Times, National Public Radio, The New Yorker, Vogue, WWD, Vice, Hospitality Design, Wired, NHT (Japan), The Guardian (UK), Ha’aretz (Israel), and other publications.
Kae is a Co-Founder and Creative Director of House of Yes, a nightclub and creative collective in New York City is recognized for her commitment to bringing humans together through experience design and holding the culture of nightlife to a higher standard. She regularly speaks on the topics of creating safer spaces and inclusive nightlife and has presented at International Music Summit in Ibiza, Amsterdam Dance Event, Electronic Music Conference in Sydney. Kae’s work has also been featured in Forbes, The New Yorker and the New York Times. Kae is excited to continue changing the world by building imaginative spaces that bring people together to express themselves and celebrate life.
Mat dos Santos is the managing attorney at Our Children’s Trust. Mat currently oversees the legal program at Our Children’s Trust, which brings climate litigation on behalf of youth in federal and state courts in the United States and tribunals across the globe. Prior to joining Our Children’s Trust, Mat served as the legal director at the ACLU of Oregon and worked on a variety of civil rights issues including LGBT rights, immigration, and criminal justice reform. Mat is currently on the board of directors at the Transgender Law Center, Latino Network, and the Chosen Family Law Center. When they are not busy fighting for basic human rights, Mat loves spending time writing music and climbing mountains with their partner Clay and two dogs Aela and Tuco.
Ysiad Ferreiras is the CEO of Fullmind Learning, an education technology platform working to create a world where everyone is empowered to pursue their dreams. A New York native, he has held executive roles at mission-driven companies the past 30 years. His work tends to focus on provide paid opportunities for people to do prosocial work. He was recognized with Hispanics in Philanthropy's Innovator's award for providing technology used to support Michelle Obama's Better Make Room Campaign. He’s excited to be on the board of CFLC, because he believes that fighting for the rights of those most at risk improves the world for everyone.
Caroline Rose Giuliani is a filmmaker, author, podcast host, and political activist who seeks to shine a light on stigmatized subjects, such as mental health and sexuality. She is excited to join forces with CFLC in taking actionable steps to create a more empathetic and tolerant society. Caroline’s print writing ranges from think pieces to satire and can be found in Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, and more. To read Caroline's work, check out www.CarolineRoseGiuliani.com or follow @CarolineRoseGiu on socials.
Mei-yann Hwang, known artistically as "Dr. Wang" Newton, boasts a remarkable two-decade career as a prominent male impersonator, actor, and producer. Beyond entertainment, they have simultaneously fostered mastery as a breathwork meditation facilitator with corporate expertise that spans from CEO of a BIPOC/LGBTQ+ entity to roles at Blackstone and Swatch. Wang received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing at Temple University. As a drag king, Wang has delivered compelling talks at prestigious institutions such as Harvard University, UPenn, the National Association of Asian American Professionals. Featured in The New York Times, NPR, and Verizon In the Know, Wang's notable appearances include Amazon Prime Pride, a PepsiCo/Bubly commercial, books DRAGS and Glitter and Concrete, and REVRY TV. As exemplified in their acclaimed digital show Sacred Wounds, Wang’s passion for transformative wellness and justice continues to permeate their work.
New York & New Jersey employment lawyer Laurie E. Morrison is an experienced litigator and legal counselor. She has practiced employment law, litigation and legal counseling for almost 2 decades in New York City, New Jersey and across the Tri-State area. A champion of employee rights, Laurie is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), an employee advocacy group, and has lobbied on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on behalf of workers.
Michael excels at growing mutually beneficial relationships with clients, partners, and donors. He has 20+ years’ experience across four continents in executive-level commercial roles for major tech companies, most notably Google, where he spent five years as the Head of Global Platforms leadership for the largest advertising agencies in the world. During his time there, he was active in a number of philanthropic programs including managing the Google / Movember relationship for three years. Prior to his work in the technology space, Michael attended NY Law School where he was exposed to the impact of non-nuclear family law on families of all configurations. Currently based in London, Michael is passionate about queer rights activism worldwide.