Phase 1 – Educating The Next Generation of Boys: Challenges and Opportunities

This panel covers the challenges and opportunities that come with educating the next generation of boys. Representatives from large and influential organizations will discuss gender awareness and reconstructing masculinity during pivotal transitionary moments. About Jake Stika: As Next Gen Men’s…

Phase 1 - Educating The Next Generation of Boys: Challenges and Opportunities

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This panel covers the challenges and opportunities that come with educating the next generation of boys. Representatives from large and influential organizations will discuss gender awareness and reconstructing masculinity during pivotal transitionary moments.

About Jake Stika:

As Next Gen Men’s Executive Director and co-founder, Stika is a passionate speaker and facilitator focused on gender-based issues related to the social and emotional development of young men, the health and well-being of men in communities, and gender equity in workplaces.

Stika was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, as well as having earned recognition from Ashoka, the British Council, and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. He has spoken at the United Nations as part of the Canadian Delegation, and participated in the UN Women Safe Cities Initiative Global Forum. He is also a proud advisor to the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, Canadian Women & Sport, as well as the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter.

About Hunter Johnson:

Hunter Johnson is CEO of The Man Cave, a charity that teaches emotional intelligence to young men. Johnson has worked with tens of thousands of young people across Australia and is constantly inspired by their audacity and brilliance. His work has led him to speak around the world including presenting at the United Nations, Government House, the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Town Hall, Graduation Ceremonies and various Universities. He has been recognized as a Finalist for the 2020 Young Australian of the Year Awards (VIC), listed as one of Harper’s Bazaar’s “Visionary Men of 2019”, named a 2018 Queen’s Young Leader by Her Majesty The Queen, and was 2018 Winner of the EY Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Southern Region).

About Dnika Travis:

Dr. Dnika J. Travis is a recognized researcher, educator, and change leader. At Catalyst, Travis leads research initiatives and manages content creation. Travis’ renowned research on emotional tax experienced by people of color at work, along with her expertise on engaging in tough conversations across differences, have been widely published and featured in top-tier media outlets such as CNN, Fortune, and NBC News. Most recently, Travis co-authored the reports, “Getting Real About Inclusive Leadership: Why Change Starts With You” and “Interrupting Sexism at Work What Drives Men to Respond Directly or Do Nothing.” Prior to joining Catalyst, Travis was on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work and conducted research on employee voice, leadership effectiveness, and organizational change. Travis earned her PhD from University of Southern California, MSW from the University of Michigan, and BA from Hampton University.

About Michael D. Smith:

Michael Smith currently serves as Director of Youth Opportunity Programs and Executive Director of the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Alliance at the Obama Foundation. MBK Alliance leads a national call to action to build safe and supportive communities for boys and young men of color where they are valued and have clear pathways to opportunity. Smith was part of the team that designed and launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, and was appointed Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of Cabinet Affairs for My Brother’s Keeper, managing the initiative and interagency Task Force at the White House.

Prior to joining the White House team, Smith was director of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), Senior Vice President of Social Innovation at the Case Foundation, and helped build national initiatives aimed at bridging the “digital divide.” Smith is an Atlantic Institute Racial Equity Senior Fellow and a member of Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s Alumni Hall of Fame, the highest honor bestowed by the organization.

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