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Speakers for the SSA Leadership Track at the 2011 Texas Freethought Convention

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Leadership Track Topics & Speakers

We're excited to bring you a fantastic lineup of speakers and topics as part of the Leadership Track at the Texas Freethought Convention! Whether this is your first leadership conference or your fifth, you're sure to find something new and engaging.

This list is growing almost daily, and we'll be posting a schedule as soon as we nail down details, so check back for updates!

Matt Dillahunty - Host of The Atheist Experience and president of the Atheist Community of Austin


Matt is going to share his secrets about getting your group and your programs noticed on campus and in your community. This is a great way to raise awareness of nontheists and get attention for your group!

Jesse Galef - Communications Director at the Secular Student Alliance


Jesse is a true media pirate, commandeering the media to spread his messages - and he'll show you how to do the same! He's also an advocate of secular involvement in interfaith programs, and he'll tell you why you should be, too.

Richard Haynes

Richard Haynes (aka "Brother Richard") - Blogger at LifeWithoutFaith.com, co-host of AtheistNews.org and executive director of AtheistNexus.

Richard will share his extensive experience with social media and networking, plus some compelling reasons to come out of the closet - all to help you get noticed and build your group.

Kathleen Johnson - Vice President and former Military Director at American Atheists

Kathleen will be speaking about how to reach out to nontraditional students, including veterans, military students and returning students. If you're looking for ways to make your group more diverse and welcoming, this is a talk you won't want to miss!

Lyz Liddell - Director of Campus Organizing at the Secular Student Alliance
Lyz is the SSA expert on leadership training. She'll be giving a full hour-long workshop on leadership skills, including delegation and leadership transitions, to help your group become sustainable and awesome.

Gordon Maples - President of Alabama Atheists and Agnostics and organizer of the Southeastern Collegiate Atheist Alliance

Gordon, an expert on being a vocal atheist in the south, will provide ways your group can be more activist-oriented. Make change in your community!

Dale McGowan - Executive Director of Foundation Beyond Belief

Dale's experiences with Foundation Beyond Belief draw on his beliefs that nontheists can - and should - be good without god. He'll discuss ways your group can get more involved in service projects and charitable work.

Sarah Moglia - Event Specialist at the Secular Student Alliance

Sarah is the brand-new Event Specialist for the Secular Student Alliance, where her primary job is wrangling Richard Dawkins for his Magic of Reality book tour. But she'll be taking a break from that here to show you how to advertise your own events.

Ashley Paramore - Development Director at the Secular Student Alliance

Ashley is the SSA's fundrasing diva. She's going to share some of her best secrets on campus fundraising to help your group gain access to funding in ways you've never imagined.

Darrel Ray - Author of The God Virus

His research and writing led him to Memetics, and provided the seed upon which to research and write about religion as a parasitic meme, culminating in his latest book The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture (IPC Press, 2009). Darrel is also founder of Recovering from Religion, an organization dedicated to helping people heal the emotional damage of religious programming and learn the joy of faith free living.

Nick Stancato - Service & Resource Coordinator at the Secular Student Alliance

Nick works tirelessly behind the scenes at the Secular Student Alliance to connect student groups with the services and resources we offer: tabling supplies, speakers, conference planning and much, much more! As he's our resident expert on what we have to offer, he'll be discussing what the SSA has to offer your student group and how you can take advantage of that.

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