New York City 2019



Agenda: The Ally’s Journey

The 2019 Better Man Conference is excited for you to join us in a day of exploration and deepened learning. Participants will take attendees through the four steps of the Ally’s Journey that includes the ability to meet individuals where they’re at in their learning process as an ally. With experiential, interactive and multimedia activities, participants will be guided through steps, each building on the last, leading everyone to a place where they can choose specific commitments to lead inclusively in their own organizations.

9:00 am – Opening Remarks – Eduardo Placer, Fearless Communicators

9:10 am – Context Setting – Ray Arata, Better Man Conference Founder

9:20 am – Venue Host Welcome – Moody’s

9:40am – Opening Keynote – Tony Porter, A Call To Men

Keynote Speaker: Tony Porter, CEO, a call to men


Our society fails to challenge traditional masculine norms that negatively influence leadership and organizational culture. This combined with various other means of marginalization, can impact how others are seen or heard in the workplace. In step one of the Ally’s Journey, participants will embark on a process of increasing awareness of their biases and earned/unearned privileges to better support conscious choice for inclusive language and behavior.

10:05 am – Interactive Session – Dale Thomas Vaughn & Ariana Blossom

11:05 am – Networking Break

Facilitators: Dale Thomas Vaughn, Co-Founder, Inclusionary Leadership Group; Ariana Blossom, Founder and CEO, Blossom Consulting LLC

Acknowledge Bias and Privilege

11:05 am

Networking Break

11:20am – Better Man Cards: A strategic partnership between the Better Man Conference and iCrossing – Frederic Bonn will introduce a valuable tool for engaging allies.

Frederic Bonn, Executive Creative Director, iCrossing New York

Better Man + iCrossing Partnership

Taking responsibility for one’s unintended impact of behavior and language can be very uncomfortable….. yet it is necessary. Step two of the Ally’s Journey uses video to simulate workplace scenarios, and participants will have the opportunity of viewing common workplace microaggressions from multiple points of view. Whether a bystander, offender or affected person, participants will experience, discuss and identify potential solutions.

11:30 am – Interactive Session – Dr. Robin Rosenberg & Ray Arata

12:30 pm – Networking Lunch

FAcilitators: Robin Rosenberg, founder & CEO, Live in their world; Ray Arata, Better Man Conference Founder and Co-founder, Inclusionary Leadership Group

Take Responsibility for Impact

12:30 pm

Networking Lunch

1:20 pm – Manbox Culture: Remaking Manhood – Mark Greene will speak on the challenges we face as men raised in man box culture.

Mark Greene, Founder, Remaking Manhood

Manbox Culture Presentation

Listening with the intent to understand is a true gift, especially to someone who often feels voiceless. Whether listening as ally or receiving feedback about your own behavior, providing space for these conversations is crucial. In step three of the Ally’s Journey, participants will have the opportunity to actually role play scenarios from the previous session.

1:35 pm – Interactive Session – Sumayyah Emeh-Edu & Robert Beaven

FACILITATOR: SUMAYYAH EMEH-EDU & Robert Beaven, Inclusionary Leadership Group

Listen with Empathy & Compassion

2:35 pm – Allyship Panel – Moderated by Dr. Ed Gurowitz

3:20 pm – Networking Break

Moderator: Dr. Ed Gurowitz

Panelists: Mark Greene, Founder, Remaking Manhood; Brian Rusch, Executive Director, The Ubuntu Lab; Lorenzo Claridy, Head of US Inclusion and Diversity, GSK

Allyship in Action

3:20 pm

Networking Break

Step four of the Ally’s Journey requires that we take all of the new insights and knowledge of the day about ourselves and others and plan some new actions and behaviors. Using the JBC Inclusive Leader Continuum’s Four Phases, participants will consider their place in the journey and have the opportunity to address remaining fears and uncertainties, as well as generate ideas for activating and advocating from new knowledge gained.

3:35 pm – Interactive Session – Jennifer Brown

Ally Continuum Presentation

Group Exercise on Commitments to New Practices and Behaviors

Facilitator: Jennifer Brown

Commit to New Practices

4:35 pm – Conference Close – Ray Arata