The Be Body Positive Leadership Summit will teach you to create a school culture that fosters a celebration of diverse beauty and identities, healthy body image, self-love, and positive relationships with food and exercise.
After attending this Summit, each participant will become a Body Positive Leader: someone who’s qualified to teach our curriculum and lead Body Positive activism campaigns in their community. Throughout the school year, teams will have the opportunity to consult with The Body Positive staff to problem solve, find inspiration, and ensure the sustainability of their program.
This training will be planned and executed with the help of young people from start to finish. Youth will act as advisors, content developers, and presenters in order to provide an experience that is appropriate and relevant to attendees.Register now
Open to high school and college students along with their adult allies, including educators, school counselors, and administrators (adults who work with middle schoolers also welcome). We welcome people from all over the country of all ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, sizes, abilities, and ages.
Gloria is the founder and director of Nalgona Positivity Pride, a xicana-indigenous body-positive project that focuses on eating disorders awareness and cultural affirmation. She is a frequent lecturer across the country covering topics such as the connection of historical trauma and disordered eating. Some of the locations Gloria has lectured at are the University of California, Los Angeles, University of Michigan School of Social Work, and the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) Conference. Gloria’s work has been featured at the Huffington Post, Univision, Bitch Magazine, and The Body is not an Apology. She lives in Los Angeles, CA where she is an active entrepreneur and eating disorders support group organizer.
Sonya Renee Taylor is the Founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology, an international movement, digital magazine and education company committed to radical self-love and body empowerment as the foundational tool for social justice. Sonya has shared her work as an award-winning Performance Poet, Activist, and educator in numerous countries and on major media outlets around the world, reaching hundreds of thousands of people with her commitment to radical self-love and transformation. Sonya continues to perform, speak and facilitate workshops globally. Visit her at www.sonya-renee.com or www.thebodyisnotanapology.com
Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp, a 4-week online course designed to help women who are ready to break up with diet culture, and she started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight. Tovar edited the ground-breaking anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, November 2012). She holds a Master's degree in Human Sexuality with a focus on the intersections of body size, race and gender. She is a former plus size style writer for BuzzFeed. Virgie has been featured by the New York Times, Tech Insider, MTV, Al Jazeera, NPR, Yahoo Health, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Find her online at www.virgietovar.com.
Clint Wattenberg is Cornell University’s Coordinator of Sports Nutrition, and has worked on Cornell’s multidisciplinary eating disorder treatment team for the past six years. He has recently been working with The Body Positive co-founder Elizabeth Scott to develop Body Positive Cornell, a campus wide peer led, weight neutral wellness initiative adapting the Be Body Positive curriculum to meet the body dissatisfaction and eating disorder concerns within the specific constraints at Cornell University. Clint earned a BS in Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, after which he pursued a Masters in Exercise Physiology from Ithaca College. In 2014 Clint published the eBook “Performance Nutrition for Wrestlers – A Practical Handbook to Solving the Sports Complex Nutrition Puzzle”. Clint’s professional focus is directed at furthering the nutritional knowledge and practices in sports that put athletes at risk of nutritional habits that undermine physical or psychological health.