The Y Factor – Men Leading by Example
One-Of-A-Kind National Summit Honors Men Working
To End Violence Against Women And Children
Thursday, April 12 at Futures Without Violence Headquarters in
San Francisco's Presidio
· A conversation with sports legends Willie Mays and Joe Torre about coaching boys into men and the importance of positive role models
· Middleweight boxing champion Sergio Martinez on bullying and his personal commitment to prevent domestic violence
· Remarks from Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
· Keynote speech by Tony West, Department of Justice's Acting Associate Attorney General
· Thomas Goetz, Executive Editor of WIRED Magazine, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Joel Brinkley moderate panel discussions.
San Francisco, CA (April 10, 2012) – On April 12, Futures Without Violence (FWV) and The Waitt Institute for Violence Prevention will host the The Y Factor: Men Leading By Example, a national summit saluting the work of men who are leading the movement to prevent violence against women and children throughout the U.S. and the world. Mays, Torre and Martinez will join top advocates in discussions focusing on the messages, programs and leaders that will help turn today's boys into men who respect all the women in their lives.
At The Y Factor Leadership Awards luncheon (noon-2 p.m.), sportscaster Marty Lurie will moderate a conversation with baseball legends Mays and Torre about their careers and ongoing role as mentors. Additional luncheon speakers will include Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Acting Asst. Attorney General Tony West, with videotaped remarks from Vice President Joe Biden. Also participating are philanthropist Ted Waitt, violence prevention activist Malcolm Astley, whose daughter was killed by her ex-boyfriend, and Sacramento high school football coaches and students participating in a national program called “Coaching Boys Into Men.”
World championship boxer Sergio Martinez will participate in a one-on-one session (9:40 -10:05 a.m.) that explores his childhood in Argentina, where he was constantly bullied, his boxing career, and his commitment to raising public awareness about domestic violence and the Violence Against Women Act.
Film producer Mikaela Beardsley will preview footage from the upcoming PBS documentary, “Half the Sky,” based on New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof's award-winning book (3 p.m.).
This special event will take place at Futures' state-of-the art- headquarters on the Main Post of the Presidio in San Francisco,envisioned to foster ongoing dialogue and advocacy to end and prevent violence against women, children, and families worldwide. This global education and innovation center in a renowned national park provides an idyllic setting for creative thinking and collaboration.