Blue Ridge Institute Conference
July 22, 2018 – July 27, 2018
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Conference Speakers

Tony Porter

Tony Porter is an author, educator, and activist working to advance social justice issues and Chief Executive Officer of A CALL TO MEN. Porter is internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting a healthy, respectful manhood.  He is a leading voice on male socialization, the intersection of masculinity and violence against women, and healthy, respectful manhood.  Porter’s 2010 TED Talk has been named by GQ Magazine as one of the “Top 10 TED Talks Every Man Should See.” Check it out, click here.

Porter is an adviser to the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball, providing policy consultation, working extensively with player engagement, and facilitating violence prevention and healthy manhood training.  He is an international lecturer for the U.S. State Department, having extensive global experience including Brazil, India, and Africa, and has been a guest presenter to the United States Military Academy at West Point and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.

He is sought after for his in-depth understanding of the collective socialization of men, and has served as a script consultant for the Emmy Award-winning television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Porter is the author of “Breaking Out of the Man Box” and the visionary for “NFL Dads: Dedicated to Daughters.”

Debra Nixon, Ph.D.

Dr. Debra Nixon has more than 30 years of community service, corporate training, and coaching experience.  A social scientist, researcher, former university psychotherapy professor, and diversity and inclusion expert, she helps organizations and companies navigate through tough leadership, diversity, and organizational development challenges.  She’s appeared on CNBC, FOX, and many local, regional, and national media.

Dr. Nixon retired from academia to dedicate herself to helping global corporations, CEOs, and spiritual and business leaders who are committed to not only making a difference in their organization, but also the world.

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“Dr. Nixon’s credentials are just part of the equation that validates her expertise.  It is her gift of superb interpersonal skills that allow her to navigate sensitive topics while motivating her audience to engage in candid and productive discussions.  Quite frankly, she is the real deal!”

Drew Berry, Emmy-winning President & CEO of Drew Berry & Associates


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