GEMS Speakers

GEMS Speakers


Tentative Schedule for GEMS 2017

Brandon Hall School, Atlanta, GA

March 30 – April 1, 2017


Thursday, March 30th


6pm VIP Reception and Dinner for EC’s and Sponsors

7:30pm Keynote – Deanna Adkins, MD, Founder of The Center for Child and Adolescent Gender Care at Duke University and Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center

Dr. Isabel “Izzy” Lowell, Read more about Dr. Izzy here>>


Friday, March 31st (Transgender Day of Visibility)


8:00am Breakfast

8:30am – Welcome

9am-10:30am Keynote:  Eli Erlick, International Recognized Queer, Transgender Youth Activist, Writer, Publisher and Speaker

11am – 12:30pm Keynote:  Christian Zsilavetz, Executive Director of Pride School Atlanta


1:45pm – 3:15pm Keynote:  Beck Ryan Gee-Cohen, Specialist on Gender, Sexuality, and Addiction Issues

3:45pm – 5:15pm Keynote:  Ryan Sallans, International Transgender Speaker, Consultant, Publisher and Author of the Book Second Son.


Open Evening – Programs can host dinners in Atlanta


Saturday, April 1st (Taking it to the Next Level)


8:00am Breakfast

9am – 10:30 – Ryan Sallans

Training session for mental healthcare providers addressing disparities in the treatment of LGBYQ youth in residential care.

11am – 12:30 – Break-out Process/Focus Groups for processing and implementation discussions led by experienced panelists

12:30pm – Adjourn