Sherry Marts

Sherry A. Marts, Ph.D., CEO of S*Marts Consulting LLC, is a skilled workshop leader, facilitator, writer, and speaker with a lively personality and an excellent sense of humor. A former association CEO with a wide-ranging background in biomedical research, nonprofit management, public education, and research advocacy, Sherry provides expert consulting services to nonprofits and academic institutions on diversity and inclusion, harassment and bullying, and interpersonal communication. Her interest in the issue of harassment and bullying lies at the intersection of her professional life as a woman in science, and her previous experience as a women’s self-defense instructor.

Sherry received her B.Sc. (Hons.) in Applied Biology from the University of Hertfordshire, and her Ph.D. in Physiology from Duke University.

Sherry is the recipient of the 2018 MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award.

Paula Brantner


Paula Brantner of PB Works Solutions builds harassment and toxic workplace prevention systems that reflect your values and transform your culture. She works with nonprofits, political organizations, businesses, and unions on policies, training, reporting, and accountability. She is a 1992 graduate of Hastings College of the Law and an 18-year veteran of the legal nonprofit Workplace Fairness, providing workplace rights information to millions annually.

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Lauren Taylor

Lauren has been studying and teaching empowerment self-defense since 1985. She’s taught about 25,000 people of all ages, genders and of all walks of life. She specializes in classes for women, for people with disabilities, for LGBTQ+/nonbinary people, and for survivors of abuse and assault.

Lauren’s self-defense expertise is bolstered by her experience in related fields: as a counselor at a women’s health clinic; a founder of My Sister’s Place (DC’s first shelter for abused women and their children); the education coordinator of the Women’s Legal Defense Fund; and as one of the organizers of the 1978 March to Stop Violence Against Women.

Lauren also writes extensively on interpersonal violence. Selected articles and appearances:

The Assertive Response to ‘Hey Baby,” Washington Post

Why It Can Be Hard To Say ‘No’ And How To Do It Anyways,” Everyday Feminism

How Do YOU Respond to Street Harassment? Here Are Some Suggestions,” Ms. Blog


Raven Dana

Raven Dana is a clinical handwriting analyst, personal development trainer, author and speaker.   

She is witty, irreverent, practical and down to earth   Raven,  aka, “The Stress Wizard,”   has over 35 years of experience helping people free themselves from habits and beliefs that create conflict and stress. She trained with therapist Dr. Brad Blanton and is a certified  Radical Honesty™ Trainer. She is also adept at nonverbal communication and stress reduction practices.  Dana has created and facilitated programs across the US and in Canada.

Read her articles (also available on Medium) and her blog posts, here.

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