2017 Conference Speakers

Carol Todd - Keynote
Carol Todd - Keynote

 

October 10, 2012 is a day that Carol will NEVER forget.  It was the day that her daughter Amanda took her life by suicide.

 Carol works as an educator for the Coquitlam School District in British Columbia since 1984 and currently works with assistive technologies in her school district.

 Through the pain of losing her daughter, Carol has taken a stand and shared Amanda’s story with global communities.  Little did she know she would soon be thrust in to the spotlight as a global advocate sharing the voice of her daughter and increasing awareness of bullying (both online and offline), cyberabusive language, internet safety and mental health and wellness. 

 Amanda started a conversation and brought to the world’s attention the serious consequences of the serious issues mentioned.  Carol has made it her goal to continue the conversation and to get others engaged into the conversations. Amanda had a “dream of helping kids”, and through Carol’s efforts in creating a non-profit society – Amanda’s Legacy - this dream has become a reality. She has created conversations with like-minded individuals and organizations to create increased awareness related to these issues that need more attention

 As a result of her courage, determination and ultimately the love of her daughter, Carol continues to be the voice that Amanda wanted but never the chance to speak out.

Someone Like Me-Play
Someone Like Me-Play

Tells the story of the changing friendships of four middle school students, Danielle, Jacob, Gabriel, and Carmella. Formerly the best of friends, they find themselves growing apart. When Gabriel takes Danielle’s journal, it sets off a series of events, culminating with Danielle seeking help in dealing with her depression and thoughts of suicide. The play also addresses the issue of relational bullying (gossip, rumors, and cyber bullying).

The program is designed as a springboard for discussions between students, teachers, parents and other trusted adults. It also models ways for students to reach out for help (for themselves or their friends) should they need it. At the end of each performance, the actor-educators are available to the students to talk one-on-one. Disclosures made by the students regarding abuse, bullying, depression or threats to themselves or others are taken seriously. Those students are bridged to the principal, counselor or other school personnel for further follow-up. In addition, all students receive a list of health related resources should they need it for themselves or a friend.

Anthony Eftimeo
Anthony Eftimeo

Assistant Education Director, A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute, Los Angeles, CA (Pacific Southwest Region)

 Anthony joined ADL and helps oversee A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute programming, as well as assisting with all the pre-school and K-12 anti-bias and anti-bullying programs available through the institute. Anthony helps coordinate the National Youth Leadership Mission and oversee his team of facilitators.

Prior to joining ADL, Anthony lived in five different states including Arizona, Illinois, Washington, California and Hawaii. Anthony spent most of his life in sunny Arizona where he received his BA in Psychology at Arizona State University. Anthony has been involved in advocacy work since he was 17 years old. He worked previously at Gay, Lesbian, Straight, Education Network (GLSEN) Phoenix where he was the Training Cadre Manager, notMYkid as a Peer Educator giving speeches to students on bullying, depression and internet safety, LGBTQA Programming Assistant at ASU and lastly working at GLSEN Los Angeles as the Education Director.

Aubree Archibeck-Performance
Aubree Archibeck-Performance

 Aubree Archibeck is a 13 year old powerhouse singer from San Diego, CA.  She has sung before thousands since age 4 as a soloist and with elite vocal touring groups.  During those 9 short years she has developed a gift and poise far beyond her age, and her versatile ability allows her to sing any genre of music.

  Her first radio single titled, "It's Gonna Be Alright" was just released in May, 2017.  

It is Aubree's desire to be a positive influence on her generation and touch the world through her music. She is currently on the road with her own school assembly tour called, "Be The Change". 

Judy French
Judy French

 staffs the Los Angeles office of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, where she coordinates outreach to schools, student organizations, and individuals interested in bullying prevention resources.   On behalf of the NBPC she has been speaking throughout California to faculty/staff, parent groups, students, school resource officers, and other community groups about the importance of creating kinder and more inclusive communities where children will be safe from bullying. For more information and free, downloadable resources, please go to pacer.org/bullying, or go to pacerteensagainstbullying.org (for middle and high school students) or pacerkidsagainstbullying.org (for elementary).