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Selisse Berry

Selisse Berry
Out & Equal Workplace Advocate

Selisse Berry is the founding executive director of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating safe and equitable workplaces for LGBT employees. She has helped the organization grow 1,200 percent since 1999, and it now has seventeen regional affiliates in the U.S. as well as strong ties with international partners. Ms. Berry helped create the annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit, Executive Forum, Town Hall seminars, an LGBT CareerLink Web site connecting job seekers with LGBT-friendly companies, and the nation's largest registry of LGBT Employee Resource Groups. She has a master's degrees in education and theology from the University of Texas and San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Ed Decker

Ed Decker
The New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC)

Ed Decker is the founding artistic director of The New Conservatory Theatre Center (NCTC), whose mission is to champion innovative, quality theatre experiences for youth, adults and artists to affect growth, enlightenment and change. The NCTC's programs include Pride Season, which promotes the exploration of social issues and the development of community and diversity, and the groundbreaking YouthAware touring program that educates youth about challenging issues. Since 1981, Mr. Decker has produced and/or directed more than 500 plays, musicals and special events for NCTC. Mr. Decker is a recipient of the STOP AIDS award for the YouthAware HIV education programs and is a two-time winner of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Arts Excellence Award. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University.

Max Philp

Max Philp

Max Philp has a passion for activism that began with an internship at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center's Leadership LAB's Vote for Equality. Returning to the Bay Area, he was elected co-president of his high school's Gay-Straight Alliance club and helped transform the club into one of the most prominent clubs on campus. He was also selected to be part of the Gay-Straight Alliance Network's Northern California Youth Council and has become a trainer to help youth throughout Northern California better their local clubs. Mr. Philp has participated in various events and groups that empower and educate youth, such as the Steering Committee for the Youth Empowerment Summit and the PRIDE Initiative for San Mateo County. Appearing in the media on multiple occasions, Mr. Philp has had the unique opportunity to spread his message to people throughout the Bay Area.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith
AIDS Emergency Fund & Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (AEF & BCEF)

Michael Smith is the executive director of the AIDS Emergency Fund & Breast Cancer Emergency Fund (AEF & BCEF), agencies that help people disabled by HIV/AIDS or breast cancer pay their bills. He is also president of the HIV/AIDS Provider Network, representing all San Francisco-based HIV agencies that received city funding. Mr. Smith is the co-founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and served as managing director from 1987 to 1989. He returned in 1996 to produce the last full-scale display of the Quilt in Washington, D.C. Mr. Smith is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and earned an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Also on KQED.org this week ...

The Genius of Marie Curie
KQED Celebrates Women's History Month

KQED proudly celebrates the richness and diversity of the greater San Francisco Bay Area by commemorating Women's History Month. In March, KQED Public TV 9 and Public Radio 88.5 FM schedule a special lineup of programs focused on themes and issues related to women.

Yo Yo Ma
"Boomtown" History of the San Francisco Bay Area

KQED's "Boomtown" series will seek to identify what is happening in real time in the current boom, and also draw out the causes and possible solutions to the conflicts and pressures between the old and the new.

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