Come explore with us at frank 2019. Between the contours of our lives, you’ll find places to connect, participate and belong.
This year frank looks into the heart of social impact. Space. Reimagining space. Letting it be. Creating it. Bringing others in. Closing the space between us. The struggle with space and the tension of who and what fills it unifies the work of all who create social impact. It drives science, justice, expression and well-being. And it animates frank as a center for changing the way change is made. Space is not the final frontier. Space is the eternal canvas on which we paint and repaint progress. Join us. We’ve saved space for you.
|2 p.m.||Registration begins, Hampton Inn Downtown, 2nd floor|
|6 p.m.||Welcome Rally, The Boxcar, Depot Park, 200 SE Depot Ave|
|9 a.m.||Registration opens, Hampton Inn Downtown, 2nd floor
frank lounge opens, Hippodrome Theatre, Basement
|11:30 am||Connectors' Lunch|
|1 p.m.||Opening Ceremonies, Hippodrome Theatre Main Stage|
|1:15 - 2:15 p.m.||Main Stage Speakers|
|2:45 - 4:15 p.m.||Main Stage Speakers|
|4:15 - 5:30 p.m.||Recess|
|7 -10 p.m.||Evening Event|
|8 .m.||Registration opens, Hampton Inn Downtown, 2nd floor
|9 a.m.||Main Stage Speakers, Hippodrome Theatre|
|10 - 11:15 a.m.||Recess|
|11:30 - 12:15 p.m.||Main Stage Speakers, Hippodrome Theatre|
|12:20 - 1:45 p.m.||Lunch|
|2 - 3:30 p.m.||Main Stage Speakers, Hippodrome Theatre|
|3:30 -5 p.m.||Recess|
|7 p.m.||Changeville - Downtown Plaza|
|8 a.m.||Registration opens, Hampton Inn Downtown, 2nd floor
|9 - 9:45 a.m.||Main Stage Speakers, Hippodrome Theatre|
|9:45 - 11 a.m.||Recess|
|11:15 - 12:30 p.m.||Main Stage Speakers, Hippodrome Theatre|
|12:30 - 2 p.m.||Recovery Lunch|
Maytha Alhassen studies cultural histories, social movements and friendships, race and ethnicity, social justice and the arts, travel, global flows, critical migration studies, women + gender, sacred femininities, media studies, Afro-Arab "solidarity politics," Malcolm X, global south, food justice, and indigenous spiritual healing technologies and practices. As both artist and organizer, Alhassen performed and wrote for internationally touring play "Hijabi Monologues" and worked with arts-based social justice organization Blackout Arts Collective. In Fall 2017, Alhassen was awarded a 2017-2018 Pop Culture Collaborative Senior Fellowship geared towards studying and shifting Muslim narratives. As a Senior Fellow, Alhassen will lead a project to unlock new pathways to create and popularize authentic narratives for Muslims in pop culture, including a report on representations of Muslims on screen for the last 100 years and recommendations for transforming prevailing narratives.
Elijah Anderson is the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology at Yale University. He is one of the leading urban ethnographers in the United States. His publications include Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City (1999), winner of the Komarovsky Award from the Eastern Sociological Society; Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community (1990), winner of the American Sociological Association’s Robert E. Park Award for the best published book in the area of Urban Sociology; and the classic sociological work, A Place on the Corner (1978; 2nd ed., 2003). Anderson’s most recent ethnographic work, The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life, was published by WW Norton in 2011. Dr. Anderson has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and is formerly a vice-president of the American Sociological Association.
Enrique "Kike" Balcazar immigrated to the United States from Tabasco, Mexico when he was 17 years old. He joined his parents on a dairy farm in rural Vermont and worked for years on farms across the state. Enrique joined Migrant Justice and became a leader in the successful campaign to expand access to driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in Vermont. He became part of the organization's Farmworker Coordinating Committee and is now an organizer and spokesperson. Enrique is one of the principal architects of Milk with Dignity, a worker-led program securing human rights and economic justice in dairy supply chains. Enrique is a recipient of the Mario Savio Young Activist Award and the Discount Foundation Legacy Award. He accepted the National Education Association's "César Chávez Civil and Human Rights Award" on behalf of Migrant Justice.
Heidi Boisvert (PhD) is a new media artist, experience designer, creative technologist, researcher, and writer who creates groundbreaking games, web interactive, augmented reality and transmedia storytelling experiences for social change, as well as large-scale networked performances in dance and theatre using bio-expressive technology. Heidi founded and serves as the CEO and Creative Director of the futurePerfect lab, a boutique creative agency that works with non-profits, cultural and educational institutions to develop imaginative and playful applications of integrated media and emerging technology. She was formerly the Multi-Media Director at Breakthrough, a global human rights organization, where she designed, developed and virally propagated a wide range of new media and pop culture campaigns that helped raise awareness and instigate policy change on pressing social issues. Heidi is currently the Director of Emerging Media Technology at New York City College of Technology (CUNY).
Ciszek is an Assistant Professor of Public Relations at the University of Texas at Austin's Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations in the Moody College of Communication. She earned her PhD from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication. She is a New England native, hailing from Boston where she worked as a strategic analyst for Mullen Advertising and Public Relations. She has worked in strategic analytics, market research and has contributed to LGBT newspapers and magazines in New England. Her research, teaching, and service are all grounded in a commitment to strategic communication for social justice. Her inquiries explore about how social movements utilize strategic communication tools to influence public opinion and public policy. Through engagement with critical theory and empirical research, her scholarship bridges the gap between activism and public relations.
Tarek Deida is a rising senior at Columbia University, majoring in history with a concentration in English. Growing up in a low-income, African American community in rural North Carolina, Tarek remembers being told by his elementary school teachers that he was less likely to attend college because of his circumstances and the color of his skin. But that didn’t deter him. When he was in seventh grade, he was accepted into The Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program, a 5-year pre-college scholarship for students with financial need. Through this program, he was given the opportunity to attend Deerfield Academy, a prestigious (and predominantly white) New England boarding school. While at Deerfield, Tarek founded the Diversity Council to give marginalized students a platform to express their concerns. Now, as a junior at Columbia, Tarek continues to find new ways to lift up his community, whether it’s interning for the NAACP or the New York City Office of the Mayor.
Annie Flanagan is a photographer, filmmaker and teacher who is based in New Orleans, LA. Their work explores topics of self worth, personal narrative, gender and friendship within the documentary framework. Through film and photography, Annie works to push the boundaries of the format while exploring social issues. A recent master's candidate at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Annie's work has been featured in publications including Foam Magazine, VICE, The Players' Tribune, The New York Times, N.P.R. and The Washington Pos.
Deborah Jacobs is a lifelong advocate for social justice and human rights. She has held executive positions at the Ms. Foundation for Women and the ACLU, including 13-years as Executive Director for the ACLU of New Jersey. She has an outstanding track record of success in institutional growth, strategic initiatives and inspiring leadership, as well as a national reputation as a tenacious advocate and dynamic speaker. Her policy expertise includes criminal justice reform, government transparency, voting rights, free speech, privacy, immigrant rights, racial equity, reproductive rights, women's rights, and child sexual abuse. She currently works in the field of police accountability as Director for the King County Office of Law Enforcement Oversight in Seattle. Her office seeks to ensure that the King County Sheriff’s Office treats people in a fair, humane and transparent manner.
Jeffrey Jones is the Executive Director of the George Foster Peabody Awards, the oldest and most prestigious award in broadcasting and digital media. He also directs the Peabody Media Center, the scholarly and programmatic arm of the awards program dedicated to furthering the reach, understanding, and impact of Stories That Matter. Jones is also the Lambdin Kay Chair for the Peabodys in the Entertainment and Media Studies Department at the University of Georgia. He is the author and editor of six books, including Entertaining Politics: Satiric Television and Civic Engagement; Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era; and The Essential HBO Reader. His research and teaching focuses on popular politics, or the ways in which politics are presented and engaged through popular culture. His research subjects include media figures and programs such as Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher and Michael Moore.
Michael T. McPhearson is the national executive director of Veterans For Peace. He was a field artillery officer in the 24th Mechanized Infantry Division during Desert Shield /Desert Storm, also known as Gulf War I. He is a ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate of Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Michael's military career includes 6 years of reserve service and 5 years of active duty service. He is a former co-chair of the Saint Louis based Don't Shoot Coalition that formed in the aftermath of Michael Brown's police killing death in Ferguson, MO. From August 2010 to September 2013, Michael worked as the National Coordinator with United For Peace and Justice. He is a former board member of Veterans For Peace and as well as Executive Director from 2005 to 2010. He worked closely with the Newark-based People’s Organization for Progress and the Saint Louis centered Organization for Black Struggle.
Fiona Morgan launched Branchhead Consulting in 2018 to offer research, facilitation, network-building, and communications in service of stronger news and media ecosystems. She is the Journalism Funders Network Coordinator for Media Impact Funders, a philanthropy-serving organization. She works with a broad range of clients, including philanthropic foundations, universities, news organizations and community groups. As Journalism Program Director at Free Press from 2015-2018, Fiona organized for better local journalism as part of the News Voices project. As a Local News Consultant for Democracy Fund, she authored a 2018 report called Learning from North Carolina: Exploring the News and Information Ecosystem. From 2011-2015, Fiona was a researcher at the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. She is coauthor with Hamilton on research relating to how economics shape the information lives of low-income people and communities.
Mota began his career as an entrepreneur at the age of 15 when he developed a storytelling board game with writer Sonia Rodrigues, which he sold door-to-door all over Brazil. The game’s patent was used as the foundation for a literacy social network employed by 700,000 kids in public schools across Rio. Recently awarded with an Innovation and Inclusion Award by the Digital Diversity Network, Mauricio Mota is the founder and co-president of Wise Entertainment. He served as executive producer of East Los High, an award-winning drama series that earned five Emmy nominations during its run on Hulu for its realistic portrayal of Latino high school students. Mauricio was the first Latin American to speak at the Futures of Entertainment conference at MIT. Mauricio sits on the boards of A Call to Men, Center for Third Space at the Annenberg School, the PGA’s Diversity Board, Scriptd, and Young Storytellers. Mauricio has also spoken for a variety of national and international audiences.
Zahra Noorbakhsh is a comedian and cohost of the award-winning podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim. The podcast was featured in O, the Oprah Magazine and was invited to the to record an episode at the Obama Whitehouse. The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts named Zahra one of the "top 100 people shaping the future of culture." She has joined the Pop Culture Collaborative as a Senior Fellow on “Comedy for Change.” Her personal essays have been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, and in the New York Times. She is a contributor to the groundbreaking anthology Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women. Her one-woman show, “All Atheists are Muslim: a Romantic Comedy” was originally directed by W. Kamau Bell and dubbed a highlight of the Int’l NYC Fringe Theater Festival by the New Yorker Magazine. Her new show, “On Behalf of All Muslims: A Comedy Special,” is set to debut in 2019 through Golden Thread Theater Productions.
Rachelle joined the Ad Council in 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the qualitative and quantitative research for seven campaigns, from development through evaluation. Specifically, she oversees exploratory research to inform strategy and evaluates the holistic performance of a campaign throughout each phase of creative work. Rachelle works on several health and environmental issues at the Ad Council, including Type 2 Diabetes Prevention with the CDC, ADA and AMA, Recycling Promotion with Keep America Beautiful, and Food Waste Reduction with NRDC. She holds a BA in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University and a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University.
Ryan Senser runs a consulting practice — It’s Not Safe Out Here — to help social change organizations reinvent themselves through strategic visioning, planning, narrative architecture and engagement. Ryan has consulted and led projects for a range of private, non-profit and advocacy organizations including Consumer Reports, 32BJ-SEIU, Color Of Change, Planned Parenthood Federation, Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, IBM, Starbucks, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo and the American Heart Association. As a Senior Fellow of Pop Culture Collaborate, Ryan works with a key set of creatives, media makers, cultural influencers, justice advocates, academics and thought leaders — to develop a foundational ‘narrative system’ that can be leveraged in medium-to-long-term pop culture strategies built to engage key constituencies in America to hasten a more inclusive society.
Marika operates as Founder and CEO of Plus1, an innovative solution to drive social change and catalyze cultural momentum toward equity, dignity and access for all. She spent 8 years as a member of Arcade Fire—as a musical collaborator and managing their partnerships with Partners In Health, Kanpe, and other Haitian-led initiatives. While playing on stages around the world, Marika could feel the amazing energy of thousands of people coming together to experience something profound. PLUS1 was born from the belief that harnessing that energy and directing it could be a powerful change agent. Marika’s belief in the power of the PLUS1 idea has lead her to hang up her touring shoes and work to lead PLUS1 full time. Marika studied music at McGill University and is on the Board of Directors of Partners In Health Canada and the Board of Trustees of Partners In Health.
Sam Snyder is a Senior Campaign Manager who leads the Wild Salmon Center’s public engagement efforts in Alaska. Following a doctorate studying collaborative fisheries conservation at the University of Florida, Sam has worked for a decade managing conservation campaigns in Alaska. For five years, he coordinated the Save Bristol Bay campaign, followed by a successful campaign to protect the Susitna River from the proposed Susitna Dam. In his latest role, he helps manage public engagement for the Stand for Salmon campaign, which is working to update Alaska’s law governing development in fish habitat. Sam brings expertise in political strategy, coalition management, campaign communications, and fundraising.
Saket Soni is a labor organizer and human rights strategist. He is founder and director of Resilience Force, a national initiative to transform America’s response to natural disasters by strengthening and securing America’s resilience workforce. As director, Saket crafts the organization’s advocacy and media strategy, and provides strategic counsel to social justice advocates and government officials across the country. Resilience Force follows a 12-year record of successful advocacy in the post-Katrina Gulf Coast. Saket is recognized as a national expert on post-disaster economies, immigrant rights and the future of work. He was profiled as an “architect of the next labor movement” in USA Today, and he has testified before Congress and at the United Nations. Saket’s advocacy efforts have been featured on NPR, in Time, and on the front page of The New York Times. His writings have appeared in the L.A. Times, The Hill, The Nation, Latino Journal, Talking Points Memo and on CNN.com.
Shawn Taylor is a lecturer at San Francisco State University where he teaches courses in interdisciplinary writing and popular culture. A writer with two published books—and two more in 2020—his writings have appeared in The New York Times, Rad Dad, the online edition of Ebony, and numerous anthologies and academic journals. He is also a well-known blogger on parenting and fatherhood concerns. A lover of all forms of geekery, he is the cofounder of the much beloved (but now defunct) AfroGeeks blog that was launched in 2006 as a way to cope with the death of Octavia E. Butler. He is one of the founding authors at www.thenerdsofcolor.org, the premiere blog for the intersection of people of color and geek/nerd culture. He is also one of the co-founders/organizers of the Black Comix Arts Festival (BCAF). Currently, Shawn is a Senior Fellow with the Pop Culture Collaborative investigating the future of fandom power.
Tamarra Thal is a rising junior at the University of Florida, majoring in public relations. As a woman of color and member of UF’s Black Student Union, she feels a moral obligation to advocate for black women. As a freshman, Tamarra became a mentor for L.A.D.I.E.S, a mentorship program for at-risk middle school and high school girls in Gainesville, Florida. Beyond pursuing her personal passions, Tamarra has already started pursuing a career in the nonprofit world. As the program coordinator for Keep Alachua County Beautiful, Tamarra is leading the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program, which aims to reduce the number of cigarette buds that litter the streets of Gainesville. This summer, Tamarra will be interning at Truth Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to making tobacco use a thing of the past.
Through her work at the intersection of media production, cultural strategy, and movement building over the last 17 years, Tracy Van Slyke has worked with a cross-sector of content producers, social justice organizers and philanthropic leaders to help them develop the profound storytelling and experiences that can catalyze mass audiences for social change. Tracy is currently the Strategy Director at the Pop Culture Collaborative - a philanthropic resource and funder learning community that uses grantmaking, convening, narrative strategy, and research to transform the narrative landscape around people of color, immigrants and refugees, Muslims, and indigenous people, especially those who are women, queer, transgender, and disabled. Previously, she was the director of the Culture Lab, which through prototyping methodology, built programs to help social justice leaders quickly adopt and advance their ability to use pop culture strategies and storytelling to create an equitable world.
Tony Weaver Jr. is founder and CEO of Weird Enough Productions, a new media production company dedicated to creating positive media images of black men and other minority groups. After training with the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts, the Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, and the Acting Program at Elon University, Tony recognized that there was a severe lack of positive roles for black men. Volunteering with black males in his local community showed him how widespread this misrepresentation was, and the devastating effects it was capable of having on minority groups. With the intention of changing the media narrative of black men, Tony founded Weird Enough Productions at age 20. Tony has been the recipient of the Leadership Prize and the Black Excellence Award, and participated in the NBCUniversal Fellowship Program.
As co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show and co founder of Air America Radio, Lizz Winstead has helped changed the very landscape of how people get their news. Winstead also brought her political wit to The Daily Show as a correspondent and later to the radio waves co-hosting Unfiltered, Air America Radio's mid-morning show, with Chuck D and Rachel Maddow. Lizz continues doing stand-up, but spends most of her time at the helm of Lady Parts Justice League, a NYC-based reproductive rights organization that she founded in 2015, which uses humor and outrage to expose anti-choice hypocrisy and mobilizes people to take action in all 50 states. Known as as one of the top political satirists in America, Winstead has been recognized by all the major media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, O Magazine, and as Entertainment Weekly’s 100 Most Creative People.