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Eliza Byard    

Executive Director of GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)

Dr. Eliza Byard is the Executive Director of GLSEN, an organization recognized worldwide as an innovative leader in the education, youth development, and civil rights sectors fighting to end bias-based bullying, violence, and discrimination in primary and secondary schools, and promote a culture of true respect for all. Dr. Byard joined GLSEN in 2001, and has shepherded the growth of GLSEN’s public education and advocacy efforts student organizing and youth leadership development programs professional development training for educators and school staff research and program evaluation capacity and in-school programming.

During her tenure at GLSEN, Dr. Byard has crafted and implemented advocacy and legislative strategies that have won bipartisan support and widespread acceptance of the urgency and importance of LGBT issues in education. The White House has honored GLSEN as a “Champion of Change” and the organization was named a Top 3 National Non-Profit for its impact on LGBT equality. As GLSEN’s primary spokesperson, Dr. Byard has appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, AC360, CNN, ABC World News, MSNBC, CBS This Morning, ABC 20/20, and National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation, among other programs. She has served on numerous boards and commissions, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Task Force on Homeless LGBT Youth, and is currently a Trustee of the America’s Promise Alliance.

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