CatalystCon West 2016 Speakers

Alicia Sinclair Andre Shakti Andy Duran Asa Akira Beverly Diehl Bob LeFavi, PhD Caroline Ryan Carol Queen, PhD Casey Calvert Cathy Vartuli Chris Donaghue, PhD, LCSW, CST Coyote Amrich Danielle Donaldson David J. Ley, PhD Diana Hong Ebony Utley, PhD Emily Morse Eric Paul Leue Erin Kennedy Frenchie Davis Harmony Larson, M.S. Hercules Liotard Dr. Hernando Chaves Jack HammerXL Jamila M. Dawson, M.A. Jennifer Lang, MD jessica drake Jiz Lee Joanna Angel Joan Price Joie De Vivre Kandee Lewis Katie Mack Kevin Patterson Dr. Laurie Bennett-Cook, OB-GYN Liz Powell, Psy.D. Lola Marcia Baczynski Dr. Marylou Naccarato Mina Harker M’kali-Hashiki Mo Beasley Mone't Ha-sidi Monique Darling Pele Persephone Karnstein Peter Peterson Rebecca E. Blanton, PhD Rebecca Hiles Reid Mihalko Dr. Robert Morgan Lawrence Sarah Tomchesson Shannon Lower Siouxsie Q Stella Harris Dr. TaMara Griffin TTBaum Valerie Baber Victor Tobar Dr. Victoria Reuveni, DHS, CSB, ACSI Walker Thornton, M.Ed Yoseñio V. Lewis Zyra Lee Vanity


Alicia Sinclair

Alicia Sinclair is the founder and managing director of b-Vibe. Alicia has more than 14 years of experience in the Sexual Intimacy Industry. Through her extensive work in the adult space, she has led many training programs teaching people about being sex positive- an attitude towards human sexuality that regards all consensual adult sexual activities as fundamentally healthy and pleasurable, and encourages sexual pleasure and experimentation.  As a Sex Positive Advocate, Sinclair recognizes that sexual wellbeing is an important facet of an overall healthy lifestyle.

Most notably Alicia worked with Department of Justice to help the FBI develop communication channels between the government and the adult industry as part of the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act. As VP of Worldwide Sales and Business Development at Jimmyjane, she developed a Sex Education boot-camp to help educate retailers on the male/female anatomy and how to address common sexual concerns and questions. In December 2015, Alicia earned the title of Sex Expert after having completed in-depth courses in sexology, clinical and coaching skills, and competency training from Sex Coach University, a program developed by Sex Coach pioneer and past AASCET President, Dr. Patti Britton. Alicia is a Certified Sex Educator, Certified Sexuality Coach, and is a member of the World Association of Sex Coaches. She is the instructor of the expert course “Sex Toys in Today’s Market” at Sex Coach University.

Alicia is speaking at the Pleasure Products Symposium.


Andre Shakti

Andre Shakti is an educator, producer, activist, and professional slut devoted to normalizing alternative desires, de-stigmatizing sex workers and their clients, and not taking herself too seriously. She wrestles mediocre white men into submission and writes about sex work, queerness and non-monogamy for Cosmopolitan, Harlot, MEL, and more. A "Jill of All Trades", Andre has performed, taught workshops, produced titillating evening entertainment, filmed instructional clips, and facilitated panel discussions at events such as The Feminist Porn Conference, International Ms Leather, Sex Down South Conference, Towson University, University of Maryland, Dark Odyssey, Kink University, PassionateU, and many more. She can frequently be found marathoning Law & Order: SVU under a chaotic pile of partners and pitbulls, and yes, she knows how problematic that show is.

Andre is presenting "Love The Whore You're With" and Fascinating and Frustrating: When Your Sex Work Becomes Your Sex Life. Find Andre at Twitter and Facebook.


Andy Duran

Andy Duran is the Educational Outreach & Affiliate Manager for Good Vibrations, and Queeraoke Queen of CCON East 2015. As a trainer for over 15 years, this California bear cub and proud blue collar dandy loves providing accurate and accessible sex information with hopes to arouse curiosity and spread truth. Customer service and sex positivity are more than just buzzwords for Andy, but rather fundamentals that are essential for working in the field of sexual health & pleasure. Whether it’s product and tech support off hours, or his infamous handwritten notes in each reviewers’ package, it’s no wonder his affiliates have dubbed him the Sex Toy Santa. When not philosophizing about all things sexual, Educator Andy can be found singing George Michael, blushing, and keeping up his teddy bear figure.

Andy is presenting “Professional” isn’t a dirty word and Queer & Trans Sexual Health. Check out Andy on Twitter and be sure to stop by the Exhibitor’s Hall to meet Andy at the Good Vibrations table!


Asa AkiraComing up on her ninth year in the adult entertainment industry, Asa Akira is the star of over 500 XXX films. She is a Wicked Pictures Contract Star, published author and poet, and she's had two dicks in her ass at the same time. A 31 year old Japanese-American New York City native, Akira spends her free time reading, gardening, and watching terrible television. Her latest book is DIRTY THIRTY: A Memoir. Asa is presenting Slut-Shaming Begins at Home: Internalized Erotophobia. Find Asa on Twitter.


Beverly Diehl

Beverly Diehl is a business professional, workshop facilitator, author, and gloriously happy sur-thriver (because surviving isn’t good enough, the goal should always be to thrive), of rape and cancer, though not both at the same time. She’s served on panels for Los Angeles Romance Authors, and as Board member for half a dozen non-profit organizations, including two years as President of the Alameda Writers Group, where she addressed monthly meetings of 75 or more attendees.

Beverly currently volunteers with Sex Positive World, and moderates several discussion groups with subjects ranging from healthy body image to writing Christian thrillers. Her upcoming memoir Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n Roll and a Tiara: How I Celebrated Life While Kicking Cancer’s Ass will be released toward the end of 2016. Beverly practices solo polyamory, has several loves, and lives in the San Fernando Valley with two cats, Motivation and Creativity.

Beverly is presenting Beyond Surviving: Enjoying a Vibrant and Joyous Sex Life After Rape and Sex After (or During) Cancer Treatment? Hell, Yes!. Find Beverly on Facebook.


Bob LeFavi, PhD

Robert G. LeFavi, PhD, is Professor and Department Head of Health Sciences at Armstrong State University, Savannah, GA. He has developed and taught graduate courses in Human Sexuality on two college campuses, and his research includes the effects of hormones and nutritional supplements on physiology and human behavior. Dr. LeFavi has been quoted as an expert in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He has been taped as an expert by CNN, NBC, and CBS Evening News. He has served as a consultant to the FDA on the effects of hormone-like substances on human physiology and secondary sex characteristics, including libido.

Dr. Lefavi is presenting Treating low libido in women: What sexual health professionals should know about the latest research, with emphasis on hormonal therapies..


Caroline Ryan

Caroline Ryan is based in Dublin, Ireland and is currently doing a Ph.D on feminism and pornography, examining the lived experiences of female porn actresses and situating their stories into the feminist pornography debate. She also has a Master’s degree in Sexuality Studies.

Caroline has always had an interest in understanding the many forms that sexuality can take (probably because of watching too much Eurotrash as a teenager) and how this has historically resulted in a need by society to categorize sex into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ sexual activities, with shame and stigma heaped upon those who rebel against societal norms. Identifying as a sex-positive feminist, she is fascinated with exploring the relationship between power, sex and knowledge, and how these concepts apply to the battle for control of over female sexuality.

Caroline is presenting The Truth About Porn. Find Caroline on Twitter.


Carol Queen

Carol Queen has a PhD in sexology; she calls herself a “cultural sexologist” because her earlier academic degree is in sociology: while she addresses individual issues and couple’s sexual concerns, her overarching interest is in cultural issues (gender, shame, access to education, etc.). Queen has worked at Good Vibrations, the woman-founded sexuality company based in San Francisco. Her current position is Staff Sexologist and Chief Cultural Officer; her roles include representing the company to the press and the public; overseeing educational programming for staff and others; and curating GV’s Antique Vibrator Museum.

She is also the founding director of The Center for Sex & Culture, a small non-profit sex ed and arts center, and is a frequent lecturer at colleges and community-based organizations. Her dozen books include a Lambda Literary Award winner, PoMoSexuals, and Real Live Nude Girl: Chronicles of Sex-Positive Culture, which are used as texts in some college classes.

Carol is presenting “Professional” isn’t a dirty word, Toward a Collapse of Gender and Slut-Shaming Begins at Home: Internalized Erotophobia and moderating Opening Keynote Plenary Address: Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism and Acceptance. Find Carol on Twitter.


Casey Calvert

Casey Calvert is an award-winning adult actress and naked model who spends her free time as a writer, rock climber, and expert level napper. She graduated magna cum laude from film school at the University of Florida and moved to Los Angeles at the end of 2012. She is also currently pursuing mainstream production as her secret real-world alter ego. If she is not at home with her cats, dog, and partner, she is probably at work… or sitting in traffic.

Casey is presenting COMING OUT LIKE A PORN STAR: on pornography, protection, and privacy. Find Casey on Twitter.


Cathy Vartuli

Cathy Vartuli is a sex-positive Emotional Freedom Coach who helps people transform their traumas into their greatest strengths using love, laughter and inner guidance. She uses a practical yet intuitive approach to help people connect with their own power and guidance. Cathy has a Masters in Physics from SUNY Binghamton and her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida, and works in major semiconductor companies doing R&D.

On topics around body image, shame reprogramming, and powerful self-expression, Cathy helps clients of all shapes, sizes, ages, and gender expressions break out of old patterns and find their voice. As an all around geek who compulsively studies marketing and consensual influence… She also loves helping heart-centered sex-positive businesses find their unique voice and expand their audience and increase abundance.

Cathy is presenting Finding Your Unique Voice and Brand to Wow Your Perfect Clients (and Create Bigger Value). Find her on Twitter and Facebook.


Chris Donaghue

Dr. Chris Donaghue is a Doctor of Clinical Sexology and Human Sexuality, Licensed Clinical Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist, and Doctoral Level trained in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Donaghue specializes in individual and couples sex and marital therapy and with sexually-related compulsive behaviors such as sexual compulsivity/sex addiction, sexual dysfunctions, and marital and couples issues. Dr. Donaghue runs sex/love addiction and healthy sexuality therapy groups.

Dr. Chris Donaghue is presenting Queer Sex and Dating like a feminist Buddha: Sustainable compassionate dating and relationships in 21st Century. Find Dr. Donaghue on Twitter and Facebook.


Coyote Days

For more than ten years, Coyote Amrich has been at the helm of product development and purchasing at Good Vibrations. She continues to refine and curate the entire catalog of Good Vibrations products with increasing attention towards body-safe materials and emotional designs that reward interaction and foster play. She has built a significant reputation as a product educator, advocate for sustainability, and transparency in manufacturing. She believes that pleasure is your birthright unless you are one of her animals, then you need to get off the couch.

Coyote is speaking on the Pleasure Products Symposium. Find Coyote on Twitter.


Danielle Donaldson

Danielle Donaldson is a wife, mother, poet and author of contemporary romance novels. She is a survivor of teenage dating violence including sexual abuse and rape. She has worked as a survivor advocate and educator for teenagers and young people at risk of domestic abuse. Danielle lives in the Inland Empire of Southern California with her husband and two young sons.

Danielle is presenting Beyond Surviving: Enjoying a Vibrant and Joyous Sex Life After Rape. Find Danielle at Twitter.


David Ley

Dr. David J. Ley is an internationally-recognized expert on issues related to sexuality, pornography and mental health. He has countless media appearances, in venues ranging from Playboy and Hustler Magazine to NPR and CNN. Ethical Porn For Dicks, Dr. Ley’s book on responsible pornography use is due out in Fall 2016, and offers an accessible conversation for men about how to understand their use of pornography and make mindful, responsible decisions about it. Dr. Ley brings his years of clinical and research expertise to bear, helping clinicians to understand how to effectively assess and treat porn-related issues, in a rich, sophisticated and evidence-informed manner.

Dr. Ley is presenting Ethical Porn For Dicks: Encouraging Users to Embrace Mindfulness in their Porn Consumption and speaking on Opening Keynote Plenary Address: Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism and Acceptance. Find Dr. Ley at Twitter.


Diana Hong

A retired vagabond and Sacramento native, Diana Hong is a stand-up comedian who has performed at bars and comedy clubs across the country. Much like other Korean girls who grew up in the 90s, Diana spent most of her life playing competitive golf but due to unforeseen circumstances, such as a disdain for running and a new found appreciation for money, her enthusiasm for golf dwindled. After a year of an unsuccessful professional career, she decided to pursue her dream of making people laugh, other than her coworkers. Diana uses her affably stoic personality to charm and entertain audiences by sharing personal and social observations with satirical undertones. With a life ranging from professional athletics to retail and with the personal trials in between, Diana is sure to entertain audiences from all walks of life. is a successful feature comedian. She has worked for the better part of a decade as a stand-up. Her stand-up incorporates commentary on being a lesbian, Asian, and a geek.

Diana is presenting Claiming Female Sexuality Through Performance.  Find Diana Hong at Twitter and Facebook.


Ebony Utley, PhD

Ebony A. Utley, Ph.D. is an intimacy expert. Her research explores intimacy interrupted by infidelity, investigates beliefs about marriage, studies the relationship between hip hop and love, examines rappers’ intimate relationships with God, and considers the impact of early childhood sexual violations on adults. Dr. Utley’s expertise has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Network and other radio, print, and online outlets. Increasingly, Dr. Utley applies her intimacy expertise to technology. As an associate professor of communication studies at California State University Long Beach she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on intimacy, popular culture, and technology. She is an advisor for the dating app Queery, board chair and director of technology for The Infidelity Counseling Network, and creator of the online relationship game, Love Lines.

Dr Ebony Utley is presenting What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You: Exploring the Implications of Black Boys’ Sexual Ignorance. Find Dr. Utley at Twitter and Facebook.


Emily Morse

Dr. Emily Morse is a sex and relationship expert and host of the iTunes top-rated podcast Sex with Emily, which has helped millions of people achieve the love life they desire. Recently Esquire Magazine named Sex With Emily as one of the Top 12 Sex Podcasts, and Morse has been voted the #1 dating and sex expert to follow on Twitter. Thanks to her educated and friendly approach, Dr. Emily has proven to be the go-to expert for all things sex and relationships.

In 2015, the Sex with Emily podcast celebrated its 10th anniversary.  Over the past 11 years, the show has evolved from homemade experiment to a program that has been downloaded well over 30 million times. In addition to her award-winning podcast, Dr. Emily served as co-host of the famed Loveline radio show featuring Dr. Drew Pinsky.  She can also be seen frequently as a guest on television programs like The Today Show and The Doctors.  Morse was also a permanent cast member of the Bravo TV series Miss Advised. Today, Dr. Emily is a regular contributor to and featured expert for print and online publications including Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, Men’s Health, Harper’s Bazaar, Ask Men, and many more.  As an expert, author, and star of television and radio programs, she continues to inspire listeners and followers to make sex a priority, enhance communication, and strengthen their relationships.

Dr. Emily is speaking at the Pleasure Products Symposium.


Eric Paul Leue

Eric Paul Leue is a long-time HIV/LGBTQQI activist, HIV Commissioner for LA County, and a staunch advocate for progressive and science-based approach to sex, sexual health, sexual wellness, and equal rights.

Leue has extensive experience in both nonprofit and for-profit arenas. He has managed sales, budgets and fundraising for multinational corporations, nonprofit organizations and his own successful businesses. He has been named one of the “Top HIV Advocates of 2015” by HIV Plus magazine, one of the Advocate’s “40 Under 40” that same year, and has been recognized by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for his “Untiring Advocacy” and “Exemplary Service”. Leue brings with him a holistic approach to the adult industry, bringing together disparate groups in the medical, legal and scientific communities to advocate against moral prejudice and for the rights and equal treatment of adult performers, adult producers and the pleasure product industries. “I’m honored to lead the Free Speech Coalition, and to build on the success of those who came and fought before me. Censorship comes in many forms, and our most difficult battles today appear in the guise of regulation and market limitations — zoning restrictions and record-keeping regulations, piracy of both films and products, and of course what many think to be our only fight: anti-porn laws and inadequate Cal/OSHA regulation. But make no mistake: these are attacks on our right to free speech and liberty, and will fight and defeat them.” Eric is presenting Harassment is not a California Value: Why Prop 60 Must be Stopped


Erin Kennedy

Erin Kennedy found her home among the sexual outlaws in her hometown of Dallas nearly 14 years ago. Since then she has been a voracious disciple of the subculture of BDSM, and a geek for all things kinky. Erin is a professional, academic educator and program coordinator. She has also earned a certification for sexuality education from Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, and Tristan Taormino’s Sex Educator Bootcamp. She is a member of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, and New England Leather Alliance. In March 2015 Erin launched Sexfortherest.com where she writes about polyamory, kink, and alternative sexual lifestyle issues interwoven with smutty stories from her life as a Kinkster. She was recently published on thrillist.com about polyamory, featured on the Poly Role Models blog, and has made appearances on People of Kink and Gentle Perverts Social Club Podcasts. She has written about consent theory, safe sadomasochistic practice, finding empowerment as a submissive, and ethical polyamory, among other topics. Erin is a mouthy advocate for sexual freedom, and an aspiring filmmaker.

Erin is presenting Care and Control In Power Exchange Relationships. Find Erin on Twitter, Twitter and Facebook.


Frenchie Davis

Frenchie Davis is an authority on Human Sexuality with a focus on the African-American community. Frenchie combines her love and expertise of social services, education, and pop-culture to Entertain, Educate and Enhance the emotional and sexiological intelligence of her audiences. Frenchie offers her audience a passport to understanding how sexuality impacts spirituality, sexual agency, sexuality development and diversity. Frenchie understands how imperative it is to dissect, evaluate and engender daily sex-positive interactions to create a sex-positive culture.

When you combine a Masters of Education in Human Sexuality with 15 years of facilitation and speaker experience you are not only informed, but transformed. Frenchie works both nationally and internationally through workshops, lectures, blogging and TV appearances and shares her platform on her edge cutting sexuality talk show, “Libido Talk” on WBAI 99.5 FM of New York City. Frenchie collaborates with several organizations from DC Public Schools, Metro Teen AIDS, the National Council for Black Studies, The College of Black Studies at the College of Charleston, and in 2015, was a research scholar at the Cuba Delegation for Race, Culture, Gender, and Sexuality.

Frenchie is presenting Mainstream Bitch, the bark is as bad as the bite: the erotic organization of ethnic defamation and speaking on Closing Keynote Plenary Address: “We Who Believe In Freedom….” a Town Hall Quest for Common Ground. Find Frenchie at Facebook and Twitter.


Harmony Larson

LT Harmony Larson, M.S., is a Public Health specialist in the United States Navy, currently leading an initiative to improve LGBT health and awareness at a military hospital. A sex positive advocate for health equality, she joined the Navy in hopes of improving attitudes and practices surrounding sexuality in the military healthcare system. Through sexandvets.com, she also also provides outreach to improve sex positive support for veteran and military communities.

Harmony is presenting Sex and Service.


Hercules Liotard

Hercules Liotard, aka The Pleasure Coach is a sex & relationship coach, educator, writer, blogger, speaker, activist and permission-giver. He focuses his work & expertise on various topics of sex-positive awareness, sexual and intimate practices, sex workers' rights, Open Relationship & BDSM Lifestyles, but never limits himself to talking about other areas of sex & life. His social media presence is very well known and followed by many people.

Hercules is presenting Beyond Surviving: Enjoying a Vibrant and Joyous Sex Life After Rape. Find Hercules at Facebook.


Hernando Chaves

Dr. Hernando Chaves is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Beverly Hills, CA. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego, and a Doctor of Human Sexuality degree from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Chaves’ clinical work focuses on individuals, couples, and families of unique erotic communities, sexual identities, orientations, and clients with sex therapy concerns. He is a past president of the Western Region for The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) and former SSSS board of directors member. Dr. Chaves is a psychology professor at Orange Coast College, teaching introduction to human sexuality and advanced human sexuality courses. He is the resident sexologist at Askmen.com, writing bimonthly sex Q&A and sexuality articles. He has been featured on XM, online, and FM radio, magazine interviews, television shows, and has lectured nationally and internationally.

Hernando is speaking at the Pleasure Products Symposium on Using Your Words: Communication in Today's Relationships and speaking on Closing Keynote Plenary Address: “We Who Believe In Freedom….” a Town Hall Quest for Common Ground. Find Hernando on Twitter and Facebook.


Jack HammerXL

Jack HammerXL directs HardTied.com for the company once known as Insex.com. He served in the Marines for eight years and is also an avid practitioner of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and was at one time a cage fighter. After finding out about BDSM in the late 1990s, he played in private for some time before starting to work in BDSM porn for Kink.com in early 2008. During that time he acted in many shoots as a submissive and later as a dominant male figure. You can see his work at JackHammer.xxx.

Jack is presenting COMING OUT LIKE A PORN STAR: on pornography, protection, and privacy. Find Jack on Twitter.


Jamila Dawson

Jamila M. Dawson, M.A. is a polyamorous, queer, kink-identified therapist, sex educator, and facilitator. She specializes in coaching and counseling around sexuality, relationships, and personal development. Jamila brings to her clinical work over 10 years of experience as a sex-educator, providing workshops for some of the most well-known adult stores in Los Angeles including the Pleasure Chest and Babeland. As a person of color, she believes deeply in the ethic of embodied social justice to explore the intersections of identity and relationships. Born and raised in Southern California, she has also lived and studied in Paris. Her life experiences have combined to make her an advocate for transparent and collaborative expression whether in personal relationships or professional organizations.

Jamila is presenting Sex & Accessibility. Find Jamila on Twitter and Facebook.


Jennifer Lang

Dr. Jennifer Lang, OB/GYN and Gynecologic Oncologist received her medical education at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, where she was the recipient of The Dean’s Award for “Holding Promise for the Future of Medicine.” She served as President of the student chapters of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Human Rights and Physicians for a National Health Program. She then completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City. She was a Galloway Fellow at Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Center then moved to Los Angeles, California for a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Centers.

She worked as an OB-GYN and Gynecologic Oncologist in private practice for 5 years, specializing in integrative and preventative medicine, natural birth options, minimally invasive and robotic surgery. She left her surgical practice to focus on scaling the international medical non-profit she had co-founded, delivering cervical cancer prevention services to women in resource-poor countries around the world. She is currently authoring a whole foods nutritional guide to pregnancy with release date of September 2016. She is a mother of three, dancer and athlete, with her sights on celebrating her 40th birthday with a full-distance Ironman triathlon in her native Canada.

Dr. Jennifer Lang is presenting Sex After (or During) Cancer Treatment? Hell, Yes!.


jessica drake

Karma can mean many things to many people, but for jessica drake, it has always meant an abundance of success and concern for others. Her beauty frames a prodigious talent that has helped her earn AVN’s coveted Best Actress award three times. An exclusive Wicked Pictures contract performer, writer, and director, as well as a global humanitarian and emerging sexual wellness authority, jessica’s brilliant career continues to move forward with ambitious adult productions like Brad Armstrong’s “Underworld” and instructional releases for “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex.” In the popular series, jessica brings erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by some of today's hottest adult stars. Each volume addresses different aspects of human sexuality explored with a distinct blend of knowledge, experience, and good humor, which is refreshing for the sexual self-help genre. The series’ volume on ‘Fellatio’ earned AVN’s 2012 Best Educational Release award, while ‘Anal’ was named XBIZ’s 2012 Specialty Release of the Year. The same demand for her modern sex education DVDs also takes jessica around the world, presenting seminars and workshops at expos, retail outlets, and colleges, like the University of California - Santa Barbara and Chapman University, where she speaks to curious adults desiring to learn more about sex, romance, and communication.

jessica is presenting Slut-Shaming Begins at Home: Internalized Erotophobia and Partners in Pleasure: Building bridges between sex positive retailers & educators. Find her on Twitter.


Jiz Lee

Jiz Lee has performed in porn for over a decade, appearing in more than 200 projects from six countries spanning independent erotic films and hardcore gonzo pornography. A versatile performer and key player in the queer porn movement, Jiz has been the recipient of multiple AVN and XBiz Award industry nominations and Feminist Porn Awards, and in 2015 was named an honoree of The Trans 100. Jiz works behind the scenes at Pink & White Productions (CrashPadSeries.com, PinkLabel.tv) and has fundraised for LGBTQ and sex worker-focused organizations through their erotic philanthropic art project, Karma Pervs. They’ve presented at Princeton University, the American Studies Association Conference, and Wonderlust Helsinki (awarded by the Finnish Association for Sexology), and were featured on MSNBC, Fox News, G4TV, and proudly, Lifehacker. Performing in porn opened up a lot of opportunities, one of the least anticipated being writing. In 2007, Jiz began a blog to chronicle their adventures in porn. Their writing has since appeared in The Feminist Porn Book, Best Sex Writing, and Jezebel.com. Coming Out Like a Porn Star is their first foray into editing. Next, they’ll join Professor Rebecca Sullivan to co-edit Porn Studies Journal Special Issue: Porn and Labour.

Jiz Lee is moderating COMING OUT LIKE A PORN STAR: on pornography, protection, and privacy, presenting Harassment is not a California Value: Why Prop 60 Must be Stopped and speaking on Opening Keynote Plenary Address: Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism and Acceptance. Find Jiz Lee at Twitter, Facebook and Facebook.


Joanna Angel

Joanna Angel is an adult film star, director, producer, and owner of the world’s largest alternative pornographic empire, BurningAngel Entertainment, that pioneered “alt-porn,” with a network of websites and hundreds of DVDs to its credit. Angel has appeared in every major adult magazine (Adult Video News, Club, Hustler, Picture Magazine, Adam Film World, and Xtreme, to name a few) and has stormed mainstream TV and radio outlets, featured on Fox News, Playboy TV, Fuse TV, G4 TV, KROQ Radio, SIRIUS Radio, TLC’s LA Ink, had a speaking role on Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital, and starred in the drama Scrapper. Angel has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, the Village Voice, the New York Press, Esquire UK, Details, and Penthouse, among others. Heeb Magazine featured Joanna as their cover girl, naming her one of the “Top 100 Up-and-Coming Jews.” The New York Post featured her as one of the “Top 25 Sexiest New Yorkers,” and she has made CNBC’s yearly “dirty dozen” (a list of the twelve biggest adult film stars) several times. Angel is a self-made star who has made her mark on the industry, and this is only the beginning!

Joanna Angel is moderating COMING OUT LIKE A PORN STAR: on pornography, protection, and privacy. Find Joanna at Twitter.


JP 1 2016-05-20 -1 - Copy croppedJoan Price calls herself an advocate for ageless sexuality. She has been called other things by the media: "senior sexpert," "the beautiful face of senior sex," and—her favorite—"wrinkly sex kitten."

Formerly a health and fitness writer – and before that, a high school English teacher! – she now writes books about senior sex. Her latest book is The Ultimate Guide to Sex after Fifty: How to Maintain – or Regain! – a Spicy, Satisfying Sex Life. She also wrote the spicy memoir, Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty and the award-winning, self-help guide, Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex. She edited the steamy senior sex anthology, Ageless Erotica.

At age 71, Joan Price continues to talk out loud about senior sex -- partnered or solo – in speeches and workshops, and on her zesty blog about sex and aging -- NakedAtOurAge.com – which includes senior sex news, views, and reviews of more than 80 sex toys from a senior perspective. She writes the “Sex at Our Age” column for Senior Planet. In 2015 she was invited to be the keynote speaker for the inaugural “Let’s Talk about Sex” conference in Melbourne, Australia, and gave seven presentations in three cities. She received the 2015 Catalyst Award for “inspiring exceptional conversations in sexuality.”

Joan is presenting 25 Tips for Sexy Aging. Find Joan at Twitter and Facebook.


Joie De VivreJoie de Vivre has been performing burlesque and drag for almost 10 years. She performs with the Dream Queens Revue, named one of San Francisco's top five drag shows by TimeOut magazine; and co-produces Peepshow, which features a mix of drag, burlesque and variety performers. She recently was a featured performer at Fierce: International Queer Burlesque Festival. Off-stage, Joie is in the process of transitioning to living full-time as a woman and has written about trans-related issues.


Kandee Lewis

Kandee Lewis is Executive Director of The Positive Results Corporation (PRC), a non-profit organization, whose mission is to addresses Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault in youth and communities of color. She is also a Certified Domestic Violence Prevention and Awareness Advocate & Sexual Assault Advocate, specializes in Bullying, Interpersonal, Teen Dating Violence, Healthy Relationships and Leadership.

Kandee is a partner of SCESA, Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault, a Fellow in LEAP Cohort 3 w/CALCASA & WOCN, Founding Board Member for South Los Angeles Homeless (TAY) and Foster Care Collaborative. She serves on Compton’s Policing & Education Task Force, and Los Angeles City Attorney’s Domestic Violence Round Table. In 2014, Kandee received the following honors: Woman of Distinction Award for Outstanding youth programs; the 1st EVER Johnnie L. Cochran Award for youth violence prevention programs; In 2015, Woman of the Year Award; the 64th District Community Leadership Award; and on March 26, 2016, the Humanitarian Award. Prior to 2008, Kandee was Vice President of Sales and Interim President of a Technology company. She has been married for 34 years, lives in Los Angeles with her husband. They have 3 adult children and a Pit Bull named Chassee!

Kandee Lewis is presenting Sexuality Within My Blackness, The Exception to the Rule. Find Kandee on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Katie Mack

Katie Mack (#cconmack) is a writer, sex toy reviewer, and compulsive thinker with a background in psychology, addictions, and group therapy. On her own journey of emotional growth and self-love, she is passionate about connecting with others along the way. Katie chronicles her thoughts and experiences on her blog, Undercover Outsider, and is the co-host of sex and relationship podcast Carnalcopia. Tune in to hear more about her views on sex, dating, donuts, and more!

Katie is presenting Slut-Shaming Begins at Home: Internalized Erotophobia. Find Katie on Twitter, and Facebook.


Kevin Patterson

Kevin Patterson is an active member of the Philadelphia polyamory community. He's been practicing ethical nonmonogamy since August of 2002 after opening up a relationship that eventually became his marriage. At some point, Kevin and his wife, Antoinette, took the limits off of their dating and began practicing very similar to Relationship Anarchy.

In April of 2015, Kevin was inspired to start Poly Role Models, an interview series for people describing their experiences with polyamory. Poly Role Models is part of a drive and a desire to change the way our lives and communities are viewed. It is a platform for the diversity of our relationship structures and the people within them to shine through.

Kevin is presenting The Intersection of Race and Polyamory and Becky with the Good Hair and Other Reasons to Try Polyamory. Find Kevin on Tumblr

Laurie Bennett-Cook

Dr. Laurie Bennett-Cook is a happily married spouse of one, mother of four, bonus mother of three, grandmother of four, and lover of many. She received her doctorate degree in Human Sexuality from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco.

She splits her time living and working between Los Angeles, CA., her home town Chico, CA, and also provides part time instruction in San Francisco, CA. She’s part of the Chinese Sexological Association, and helped to establish China’s first sexual health summit and sexological research center. She frequents China lecturing on various forms of sexual development and expression, and is working with a board of other sexologists to create a school of sexuality here in Los Angeles that they hope to have up and running by mid-2017. Additionally, she is a co-organizer of the group Sex Positive Los Angeles, a not-for-profit organization whose aim is make the world a sexier, more touch-positive, heart-centered, and connected place.

Dr. Bennett-Cook is presenting Beyond Surviving: Enjoying a Vibrant and Joyous Sex Life After Rape. Find Dr. Bennett-Cook at Facebook.


Liz Powell

Liz Powell, Psy.D., is a psychologist (CA 27871, AZ 4315) and coach offering therapy, business coaching, and wellbeing coaching through her San Francisco private practice, Sex-Positive Psych. Liz also blogs about issues related to sex and relationships through her website, sexpositivepsych.com, and regularly presents talks and workshops.  With 5 years of military service in the Army now behind her, she is proud of her veteran status and speaks frequently about the challenges facing veterans in our country.  Liz brings a sense of humor mixed with professional knowledge to otherwise serious topics and helps people think in new ways about their choices.

Liz is presenting Sex Positive and Poor and Sex and Service. Find Liz on Twitter and Facebook.



Lola is a naughty storyteller, sex encourager, sex toy peddler, and the creator and host of the live sex-positive Q&A go-go show and podcast Sex Ed A Go-Go. During the last six years, she has shared her distinctive brand of kickass body and sex-positivity and her personal journey into the kink and polyamorous lifestyles with the on and off stage. Lola has taken Sex Ed A Go-Go across the country from Los Angeles, CA to Piscataway, NJ, and Albuquerque, NM. She has also presented at Catalyst Con East and west, SHE NY, and during sex week at Baruch College and UNM. When she’s not traveling and spreading the sex positive gospel you can find her behind the counter at Shag Brooklyn where she runs the workshop program. Lola is hosting CCON A Go-Go: Welcome Q&A, presenting Sex Positive and Poor, Becky with the Good Hair and Other Reasons to Try PolyamoryPartners in Pleasure: Building bridges between sex positive retailers & educators and speaking on Opening Keynote Plenary Address: Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism and Acceptance. Find Lola on Twitter, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.


Marcia Baczynski

Marcia Baczynski is a sex educator and communication coach who works to provide people with practical tools to create extraordinary relationships. Her primary mission is to help people overcome shame and get in touch with what they truly want — romantically, sexually and relationally — even if it’s off the beaten path. Marcia works with a select group of clients each year, teaches workshops, and leads courses throughout North America. She is the co-founder of Cuddle Party (a workshop/social event about communication, touch and affection), the creator of the Good Girl Recovery Program (a program to help women to break out of the roles that keep them small and unsatisfied and find their true voice) and creator of the Open Road Map (a course for couples exploring consensual, ethical non-monogamy). Her flagship program The Big Feast is a 9-month course in practicing crystal clear communication, exquisite boundaries, deep desire and authentic sexuality. In over 12 years in the sexuality field, Marcia has presented at Netroots Nation, CatalystCon, Dark Odyssey, and PolyLiving (among others) and has been featured in People magazine, The Montel Williams Show, and over 100 other media appearances. You can find her online at www.AskingForWhatYouWant.com.

Marcia Baczynski is presenting Sex-Positive Marketing in a Sex-Negative World and speaking on Opening Keynote Plenary Address: Sparking Communication in Sexuality, Activism and Acceptance. Find her on Twitter.


marylounDr. Marylou Naccarato, is a Board Certified Clinical Sexologist, AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator, Speaker, and Life Coach at www.DrMarylou.com; currently serves as an Advisory Board member for the American College of Sexologists International. In private practice working with individuals and couples; she also conducts explicit entertaining sex and relationship workshops for all people who desire to heighten their sensuality and intimacy. Dr. Marylou has presented at numerous disability conferences, sexuality conferences, and student/professional clinician trainings.

Her sex positive approach to #EmbracingOurUniqueBodyTypes is celebrated by people of all abilities, sexual expression, orientation, and identities. Her motivating motto: “Bridging the gap: from limitations to fulfilling your desires.” Dr. Marylou speaks from her point of view as a “Little Person” standing at 3’11” tall. If you think SIZE matters she’s America’s Little Sexologist talking about Sex and Life Strategies in a BIG way. Appeared on WEtv - “Secret Lives of Women”, Sirius Radio - Playboy and the Foxxhole. Featured in The Atlantic, The Examiner, SexIs Eden Fantasys, and numerous blogs/podcasts.

Dr. Marylou is presenting Become a Sexuality Access Professional TM (SAP): Keeping It Real for Unique Body Types and Disabilities . Find Dr. Marylou on Twitter and Facebook


Mina Harker

Mina Harker is 53, poly, dating, married 23 years, and a 5 year late stage cervical cancer survivor. Her cancer treatment included 6 weeks of external beam radiation with concurrent weekly chemotherapy infusions. And much more. It was harsh and barbaric but successful, and she was declared "N.E.D." Later she discovered that her vagina had developed so much scar tissue there was no elasticity. It would only stretch a bit sideways; its length permanently shortened to about 2 ½." Nobody on her medical team imagined she would be so severely affected and unable to have PIV intercourse.

Mina also has the BRCA1 gene mutation so had both breasts removed to avoid an 87% chance of developing breast cancer. Nipple sensation would disappear with the surgery. After her final procedure, her therapist suggested a class and evening play party at a dungeon. She met a highly skilled Dominant, and ended serving Him for 2 years, learning that she could satisfy her sexual desires and need for physical intimacy through submission and service. She loves to discuss experiences with other people regarding cancer and sex and BDSM, though she’s learned that there are limits to what certain people can handle.

Mina Harker is presenting Sex After (or During) Cancer Treatment? Hell, Yes!. Find Mina on Facebook



M’kali-Hashiki is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker; Certified Sound, Voice, & Music Healing Practitioner and a Certified Tantric Sacred Intimate. She’s also a Black, polyamourous, polysexual, middle-aged Femme Dyke Top. A devoteé of the Yoruban spiritual & scientific tradition of Ifa, she believes that the spiritual & the sexual are irrevocably intertwined.

She has a private practice helping QTIPOC & allied folk access their erotic energy for radical transformation fuel; offering individual sessions, groupwork, workshops, & webinars. She also offers Enstatic Breathwork™ For Collaboration to companies, groups, & organizations.

M’kali-Hashiki is presenting Fascinating and Frustrating: When Your Sex Work Becomes Your Sex Life. Find M’kali-Hashiki on Twitter and Facebook


Mo Beasley

Mo Beasley, a Boston born/Brooklyn, NY based Performance Artist, Author, and Educator has been dubbed The Head Coach of Erotika, for running the live performance series, UrbanErotika, for over 10 years. This award-winning poet has been featured at the legendary Blue Note, Nuyorican Poets Café, BAMCafe, and Joe’s Pub and erotic reading series: Bare, In the Flesh, Ravenous Nights, and Kiss & Tell Live. As the major force behind the critically acclaimed play "No Good Nigga Bluez” (NY International Fringe Festival 20003), Mo made his debut as a playwright. The book version of the play, released by Scripted Linguistics (2004), is Beasley’s first published work. His second is “Be a Father to Your Child” (Soft Skull Press, 2008), a groundbreaking anthology on fatherhood and hip-hop. When not at the mic, Beasley teaches poetry/spoken word, theatre, and sexuality education courses/workshops to youth and adults throughout New York City and across the United States. His current and past clients include Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Kennedy Center, Duke Ellington School for the Arts, African Voices Magazine, Children’s Aid Society, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Penn State University, Howard University, Coppin State University, and more. Mo’s has been interviewed by Rev. Al Sharpton, hip hop legend Chuck D, and featured on The Hallmark Channel, GRITtv, FOX 5 TV, XM Satellite Radio, WBAI/Pacifica Radio, KISS FM (NYC), Air America and more. In 2006, The New York Daily News selected Mo as one of "50 Unsung New York Heroes."

Mo Beasley is presenting Take Da Pussy!: and Other Reasons to Stop Violence Against Women! – You got to take charge, take the question mark out, and take the pussy!, Mainstream Bitch, the bark is as bad as the bite: the erotic organization of ethnic defamation and hosting Closing Keynote Plenary Address: “We Who Believe In Freedom….” a Town Hall Quest for Common Ground. Find Mo on Twitter and Facebook


Money't Ha-sidi

Mone't Ha-sidi is a professional burlesque dancer and pole dancer. She teaches burlesque and pole dancing in Northern California. She has been performing for more than a decade. She was a staple of the Rocky Horror Picture Show cast in Sacramento, CA for years. She is an outspoken advocate for representation of POC in pole and burlesque.

Mone't is presenting Claiming Female Sexuality Through Performance.


Monique Darling

Monique Darling, workshop facilitator extraordinaire has led over 800 workshops in the past 5 years. She is the founder of Juicy Enlightenment an organization dedicated to empowering people who are questioning the assumptions of how their life should be and to offering tools for self expression that create trust, inner knowing and wisdom to enjoy the life they have. Monique has been featured on TLC and The Dr’s as well as various radio shows, podcasts and magazines across the USA. She specializes in helping others reclaim their power and natural sensuality by transmuting fear and repression into courage, self-love and freedom. Her primary purpose is helping folks bring out their vulnerability, energetic embodiment and fearless relating.She guides from a place of understanding and her natural exuberance is infectious! She is available for private sessions, experiential workshops and Cuddle Parties. Learn more about Monique by going to juicyenlightenment.com or track her whereabouts at whereintheworldismoniquedarling.com.

Monique is presenting The Art of Accepting No with Monique Darling and Reid Mihalko and Overwhelmed and Overworked? Self Care IS a Priority. Find Monique on Twitter and Facebook.



With over 20 years of experience in sex work, Pele’s focus is on education and community building. A resident of Oakland, California, Pele works independently as a professional dominant as well as a Bondassage provider and trainer. Pele teaches group training workshops for practitioners who want to certify to provide the trademarked Bondassage and Elysium sequences, and she and TT teach Bondassage for Couples. Pele believes that sex workers are sex educators, and is a graduate of the renowned 60-hour training offered through San Francisco Sex Information. A fierce advocate for sex worker rights, Pele was a volunteer at the St James Infirmary, and served as core leadership in Bay Area chapter for the Sex Workers Outreach Project. Pele occasionally presents in academic settings about sex work, and is available to organize diverse panels made up of sex workers to share about their experiences.

Pele is a long-time BDSM player and member of the leather community, as well as a graduate of the Journeyman III Academy. She served as the founder and headmaster for Foundations, and was the Headmaster for Bay Area Journey class of 2015.

Pele is presenting The Symbiotic Relationship of the Sex Worker and Sex Positive Culture and Fascinating and Frustrating: When Your Sex Work Becomes Your Sex Life.


Persephone Karnstein

Persephone Karnstein is a writer, researcher, and activist specializing in Trans issues, sex toy safety, and the history of sexuality, as well as all things geeky. She graduated cum laude from Berkeley with degrees in Physics, Astrophysics, and Classical Civilizations, the latter with a focus on sex and gender roles in the ancient Mediterranean, and immediately put those degrees to work thinking about sex. Persephone currently volunteers as a librarian and social media mistress at the Center for Sex and Culture under Dr. Carol Queen, where her art hangs proudly next to the toilet. She is open to job offers and also consensual hugs.

Persephone is presenting a Queer & Trans Sexual Health. Find her on Facebook and at the CSC booth in the Exhibitor’s Hall.


Peter Peterson

Peter Petersen has been teaching for 13 years and has been a certified Sheng Zhen Qigong teacher for the last 11 years, where he has been teaching in health clubs, hospitals, retirement villas, and several different wellness/spa resorts in Mexico and the United States, such as Rancho La Puerta, Mayacamas Ranch, and Present Moment Retreat. Peter is also a personal wellness coach. This Qigong practice helps people ground themselves into their “now” to increase their present moment awareness of their behaviors, and find solutions to problematic habits such as: eating, moving, negative thinking, and sleeping. The result of this tool box of healthy information is that clients become their own health advocate and regain a sense of stability, peace, and well-being into their everyday lives.

Peter is presenting Overwhelmed and Overworked? Self Care IS a Priority.


Rebecca E. Blanton

Rebecca Blanton holds a Ph.D. (ABD) in Political Psychology from CUNY/Graduate Center. She has worked as a nonpartisan policy expert for the State of California and was the appointed head of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. She now works as a freelance writer and performer. Much of her current work focuses on kink and BDSM, what it can bring to every relationship and what it could add to public policy. Her performance work includes burlesque, stand-up comedy, and spoken word.

Rebecca is presenting Claiming Female Sexuality Through Performance. Find Rebecca on Twitter and Facebook.


Rebecca Hiles

Rebecca Hiles is a dating, relationships, and sexual wellness coach called The Frisky Fairy (www.friskyfairy.com). She is a writer who addresses issues of polyamory, cancer, sex education, and sex toys. She is a regular contributor to Sexpert.com, and has contributed to xoJane.com discussing her life as a polyamorous cancer patient, among other things. She has spoken at CatalystCon West, The ManDATE Conference, and CatalystCon East 2015, Spring Poly Fever 2015, AwesomeCon, Rocky Mountain Poly Living, Atlanta Poly Weekend, and Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit. She is a member of the Poly Leadership Network, and is certified as a sex educator through Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. She was voted one of the Top 100 Sex Blogging Superheroes of 2014. She is currently a student of Dr. Ava Cadell’s Loveology University. She is co-writing a book on coming out as poly (comingoutpoly.co) and you can help by submitting your coming out stories there.

Rebecca is presenting Sex Positive and Poor. Find Rebecca on Twitter and Facebook.


Reid Mihalko

America's favorite sex geek, Reid Mihalko of ReidAboutSex.com and Relationship10x.com helps adults and college students create more self-esteem, self-confidence and greater health in their relationships and sex lives using an inspiring mixture of humor, keen insight, and comprehensive sexual health information. Reid frequently speaks at colleges and universities on sexual assault prevention and healthy relationship skills, and regularly appears in the media sharing his views on consent, dating, and shame-free sexuality. Reid’s workshops and college lectures have been attended by close to 50,000 men and women. He has appeared in media such as Oprah's Our America With Lisa Ling on OWN, the Emmy award-winning talk show Montel, Dr. Phil's The Doctors on CBS, Bravo's Miss Advised, Fox News, in Newsweek, Seventeen, GQ, The Washington Post, and in thirteen countries and at least seven languages. Reid is also founder of Sex Geek Summer Camp and Sex Geek School for Gifted Sex Geeks which help sex educators learn valuable business skills that allow them to reach more people, transform move lives, and make a better living as sexperts.

Reid is presenting The Art of Accepting No with Monique Darling and Reid Mihalko and Finding Your Unique Voice and Brand to Wow Your Perfect Clients (and Create Bigger Value).  Find Reid on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


Robert LawrenceDr. Robert Morgan Lawrence has a Doctorate of Education in Human Sexuality and holds another doctorate in health care, which informs his sexological perspective. He’s served as a sex industry consultant, educator, media voice, and academic author, and has lectured both nationally and international member of the San Francisco Coalition for Healthy Sex. From 1979 Lawrence served on the switchboard and training staff, then as coordinator, of SF Sex Information. He and his partner Dr. Carol Queen left the organization to pursue their own projects, including the Center for Sex & Culture.

Lawrence has covered many sexuality-related topics during 35+ years of teaching. He has been a guest lecturer at a number of universities, and has appeared in places as far-flung as Amsterdam, London and Beijing. Lawrence and Queen have produced events of many kinds, including the live Masturbate-a-Thon. He has been active as a safer-sex educator since 1980. Since 1999 Lawrence has been disabled with a chronic pain condition that limits mobility.

Robert is presenting Toward a Collapse of Gender.


Sarah TomchessonFounded in 1971, the Pleasure Chest is the nation’s oldest sex-positive retailer with locations in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and online and is host to the industry’s only free, weekly education program, PleasurEd.  Sarah Tomchesson discovered sex-positivity and feminism while attending Reed College and after graduating with a B.A. became a trained Sex Educator.  Since, her career has involved a range of entrepreneurial endeavors and countless speaking engagements and opportunities to spread the message of pleasure as wellness.  In her 8 years with Pleasure Chest, Sarah has held a number of leadership roles from General Manager to Director of Business Develop and Strategy.  In her current position, Sarah oversees company operations, brand strategy and leadership development.  Sarah continues to teach regularly at the Pleasure Chest stores, sex-positive events, sexual health conferences and universities across the country.

Sarah is speaking at the Pleasure Products Symposium and presenting Partners in Pleasure: Building bridges between sex positive retailers & educators.


Shannon LowerShannon Lower is a NYC-based actor, dancer, producer, director and writer. Over the past few years, Shannon has produced numerous theatrical shows, including the 2012 season of NYC’s Mo Beasley’s UrbanErotika, was the curator of UrbanErotika’s Sweet Bliss Art Exhibit at Imagenation’s Raw Space in Harlem, and is now on her third collaboration with HQuin, Inc., the current project being the original rock musical "Lovington". Her company, Helluva Dame Productions, is all about “perspective,” how one views the world and, just maybe, changing that view.

Shannon is presenting Take Da Pussy!: and Other Reasons to Stop Violence Against Women! – You got to take charge, take the question mark out, and take the pussy!.


Siouxsie Q Siouxsie Q is the newly appointed Director of Policy and Industry Relations at the Free Speech Coalition. While passionately advocating for the rights of those who work in the adult industry she also hosts and produces the acclaimed WhoreCast Network, a growing network of podcasts and media made by sex workers. As an active sex worker herself, Siouxsie Q, is committed to ending exploitation within the industry, and making a better, brighter world for the entire Whore-Nation. Her column, “The Whore Next Door” runs every week in the San Francisco Weekly, and her first book Truth, Justice, and The American Whore was released this year to rave reviews. Her work has also been published on Wired.com, Ratter.com, and ErosMedia. When not feverishly writing or rushing to record her next interview for outlets such as CNN, Fusion, or USA Today, Q also teaches classes on sex, kink, and relationships, and stars in feminist, fetish and mainstream porn, which has garnered her a two Adult Video News Award Nominations (Best All Girl Group Sex Scene 2015 and Favorite Cam Girl 2016) as well as Feminist Porn Award for her porno pop music video, Homance, in 2015.

Siouxsie is presenting Harassment is not a California Value: Why Prop 60 Must be Stopped . Find Siouxsie on Twitter and Facebook.


Stella Harris

Stella Harris is an author, educator, and coach who focuses on intimacy and connection. She uses a variety of tools to guide and empower clients and she teaches everything from pleasure anatomy, to communication skills, to kink and BDSM. She has presented classes for a variety of organizations, universities, and conferences up and down the west coast including Catalyst Con West, Reed College, and the Portland Academy of Sex Ed. Stella is widely published in print and online, with highlights including the collections As Kinky As You Wanna Be, The Big Book of Bondage, and a series of tantalizing and informative articles on kinkly.com. Stella is building a world where everyone has the tools and confidence they need to explore their sexuality safely and free of shame. .

Stella Harris is presenting “Professional” isn’t a dirty word and You're Good Enough, You're Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like You; Battling Impostor Syndrome for Sexuality Professionals. . Find Stella on Facebook and Twitter.


TaMara Griffin

Dr. TaMara Griffin loves nothing more than talking about sex! At the age of 13, she told her mother she wanted to be a Sex Therapist! Her passion is deeply rooted in spreading messages about healthy sexuality. Dr. TaMara is an internationally renown sexologist, sex therapist, educator and transformational speaker with more than 20 years of experience speaking, writing and teaching about sexuality. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Sexuality, Doctorate in Human Sexuality, Masters degree in Social Work and a Masters degree is Education. Dr. TaMara travels the world helping individuals embrace and honor their sexuality. She has published numerous books and articles. Dr. TaMara is also the Editor-in-Chief of Our Sexuality! Magazine. Our Sexuality! is the premiere magazine for women’s sexuality and sexual health. She has just recently published her highly acclaimed best selling book I AM Sex. I AM Sex is a comprehensive guide to empowering women’s sexuality. Dr. TaMara's #1 radio show 'The Dr.TaMara Show" is on WBKE Vegas Radio every Friday at pm EST. She is the owner of 7 to LIFE by Dr. TaMara.

Dr. TaMara is presenting Unpacking Sexual Baggage and Rethinking Sexuality. Find Dr. TaMara at Twitter and Facebook.



TTBaum is a Sacred Intimate, Sex Educator, and Bondassage Trainer based in San Francisco. He has been dubbed a pleasure activist and a warrior of love. TT’s path to sexual awakening began over a decade ago. He has refined a powerful style of erotic facilitation that integrates his own sexual research with the teachings of his mentors (among them, Joseph Kramer, PhD., Annie Sprinkle, PhD. and Barbara Carellas).

Since 2013 he has been teaching his own brand of adult focused sex education called How to F*ck Better. He leads several Tantra based workshops that explore desire and touch. And beginning in 2016, TT was certified to train professionals in Bondassage and Elysium trademarked sequences, as well as signature Bondassage for Couples training with Pele.

TTBaum is presenting The Symbiotic Relationship of the Sex Worker and Sex Positive Culture and Fascinating and Frustrating: When Your Sex Work Becomes Your Sex Life.


Valerie Baber

Valerie Baber is a dating coach and memoirist with over 15 years of experience in adult entertainment, including credits as a Playboy TV host, erotica actress, dating profile ghost writer and professional date-for-hire.

Having the fortune of acquiring valuable perspectives on sexuality and relationships through her vast and varied work in the field of sexuality, she now aims to help individuals and couples achieve more satisfying intimate lives and sexual intelligence by sharing her insight through coaching and storytelling. In addition to having studied Digital Publishing at New York University, she holds a M.A in Critical Writing from Sussex, UK and a B.A in Creative and Media Writing from London, UK.

Valerie is presenting Using Your Words: Communication in Today's Relationships. Find Valerie at Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


Victor TobarVictor Tobar is the Pleasure Chest's National Buying and Merchandising Manager. He's been working in sex-positive sex toy retail for over a decade, most recently serving as the Manager of the Pleasure Chest's gorgeous Upper East Side boutique. Victor has presented kink and sexuality workshops nationally for the last ten years, and has always stood firm in his belief that sexuality is as expansive as your imagination; let it run wild! Victor is presenting Partners in Pleasure: Building bridges between sex positive retailers & educators. Find Victor on Twitter.


Victoria Reuveni

Dr. Victoria Reuveni, DHS, CSB, ACSI, is a Los Angeles-based sexological bodyworker, sex educator, and coach working with individuals, couples, and groups to facilitate going deeper in erotic embodiment and self-acceptance through mindfulness, breath work, and touch. She blogs about sex, kink, gender, and body image and reviews sex toys.

Victoria is a board member and educator with the Center for Positive Sexuality, speaking on panels to university students and professionals about kink/BDSM, nonmonogamy, and sex work. She has facilitated over a dozen Orgasmic Yoga circles, including a Six-Week Series and 3-Evening Mini-Series earlier in 2016.

Dr. Victoria Reuveni is presenting Sex After (or During) Cancer Treatment? Hell, Yes!. Find Dr. Victoria Reuveni at Twitter and Facebook.


Walker Thornton

Walker Thornton, M.Ed, is a sex educator, speaker, and sexual health writer. A former executive director of sexual assault crisis centers, in Alabama and Virginia, with many years of nonprofit board experience at the local and state level, Walker now works to educate and support older adults on sexuality-related issues. Walker offers straight-talk about sex, occasionally mixing in personal stories to emphasize her point. Her mission is to help women embrace their sexuality in a way that feels comfortable at each stage of life. Walker's writing has appeared on the American Sexual Health Association website, Huffington Post, Better After 50, Senior Planet, and other sites. She is the Sexual Health Columnist for Midlife Boulevard and writes about midlife sexuality at Kinkly.com. Walker currently serves on the Sexuality and Aging Consortium of Widener University’s Leadership Committee. She has presented at the Sexuality and Aging Symposium, CatalystCon, and in other venues across the country.

Walker is presenting Addressing Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder—It’s Not as Simple as Popping a Pill or Using a Sex Toy/Device. Find Walker at Twitter and Facebook.


Yoseñio V. Lewis

Yoseñio V. Lewis is a Latino of African Descent female to male transsexual who has been a social justice activist since he was 13 years old. A health educator, speaker, writer, performer, trainer, facilitator and spiritual hugger, Yoseñio is a Board Member of TASHRA—The Alternative Sexualities Health Research Alliance. Yoseñio is on the faculty for the Sex Justice Track of the Creating Change Conference. He is also a frequent speaker at the medical schools of the University of California at San Francisco and the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, as well as Stanford University. He served on the National Advisory Board for the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health. Yoseñio was an organizer of and Keynote Speaker for the OPEN-SF Conference (Open, Polyamorous, Ethically Non-Monogamous), as well as a panelist at the Transcending Boundaries Conference. Yoseñio was featured as one of the inaugural honorees of The Trans 100 list. Yoseñio is a co-founder of Big Boys’ Ink™ Productions, a theatrical writing and performing company. Yoseñio has been featured in several documentaries, most recently "Diagnosing Difference," a full-length documentary about the impact and implications of the Gender Identity Disorder (GID) on the lives and communities of those on the gender spectrum. Other documentaries include Christopher Lee's "Trappings of Transhood;" the television channel A&E's "Transgender Revolution;" "The Believers," a documentary about the Transcendence Gospel Choir and "Transforming Healthcare," a short highlighting the issues that Trans people face when accessing healthcare. Yoseñio believes that there can be no art without activism and no activism without art. Yoseñio is presenting Micro-aggressions of Desire.


Tiny B Hiney

Zyra Lee Vanity is an international burlesque artist as well as sex researcher, public speaker and sexual rights advocate from Toronto, Ontario. She has performed and competed all over North America at various events and burlesque festivals.

Zyra has also spoken at a variety of large expos and conferences on topics relating to sexual arts/performance, body positivity, sexualized labour, race, queerness and sex positivity. In 2014 she spoke at The Feminist Porn Conference in Toronto, Ontario, The AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, Playground Conference in Toronto, Ontario and Herotica Conference in St. Catherines, Ontario. Zyra currently holds a BA degree in Sexuality Studies & Political Science, and hosts bi-monthly workshops relating to sexuality and race in her home city of Toronto. Zyra is presenting Slut-Shaming Begins at Home: Internalized ErotophobiaTake Da Pussy!: and Other Reasons to Stop Violence Against Women! – You got to take charge, take the question mark out, and take the pussy! and speaking on Closing Keynote Plenary Address: “We Who Believe In Freedom….” a Town Hall Quest for Common Ground.  Find Zyra on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
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