Step Up & Speak Out: Skills to Respond to Bigotry at Work

Jun 12, 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Join Elena Joy Thurston, an inspirational speaker featured in the award-winning documentary "CONVERSION," for the "Step Up & Speak Out" workshop. This hands-on event will equip participants with a response framework to confidently address bigotry in professional settings, enhancing cultural competency and inclusive leadership.


About this event

“I don’t know what to say, so I end up not saying anything at all.” Is that a familiar feeling? 

It’s the worst, isn’t it? We hear stories of bigotry and we think, “I wouldn’t stay silent if that happened in front of me.” But then we’re at work or in our community and something is said or done, and immediately we’re thinking “I should say something! But I have no idea what to say and if I say the wrong thing, I might make it worse. But someone should say something!”

And then the moment passes and nothing was said, again.

Let’s change that! We teach inclusive leaders a response framework that allows you to have the right words ready at the right time, regardless of whether you’re witnessing bigotry based in racism, homophobia, ableism, misogyny, and more.

“Step Up & Speak Out” is a hands-on vocal empowerment workshop where we learn and practice the skill of using our voices to address harm in the moment, a crucial skill that all allies and members of the LGBTQ+ community need in their tool kit. 


  • Elena Joy Thurston

    Elena Joy Experience

    Speaker | Corporate Trainer | Activist


  • Mandy Thompson

    Digital Reach Online Solutions




Wednesday, June 12, 2024
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM UTC


Hands-on vocal empowerment workshop


  • Maarten Bovendaerde

    Digital Reach

    Marketing Operations

  • Angela Snyder

    Digital Reach Online Solutions

    Creative Director

  • Graham Jerabek

    Strategic GTM & Account Manager