Keynote Speakers

We are thrilled to welcome Chessy Prout and Mackie Mallison as our 2019 Catalyst Conference keynote speakers. Chessy and Mackie are passionate young advocates doing important activism work. They share their experiences and insights with GOA students and teachers.  


Keynote Conversation: Chessy Prout

Chessy Prout is a high school sexual assault survivor, advocate, and author of the memoir I Have The Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice and Hope. Since stepping forward publicly in 2016, Chessy has launched the #IHaveTheRightTo campaign and has spoken internationally on the topics of consent education in K-12 schools, rape culture, and encourages survivors and others to assert their most important, basic rights. In 2018 Chessy co-founded the nonprofit I Have The Right To, based in Washington D.C., which encourages students and their families to know their rights surrounding sexual assault in middle and high school. Chessy is currently a student at Barnard College.

In this conversation, Chessy speaks to two students from GOA’s Gender Studies course, Tess from West Point Grey Academy (Vancouver, Canada) and Alli from Hamden Hall Country Day School (Connecticut, USA). The conversation is moderated by Dr. Kim Banion, one of GOA’s Gender Studies teachers and the chair of the English department at Pembroke Hill School (Missouri, USA).

Please note: This conversation references sexual assault and its impact on survivors. Some may find the topics triggering or traumatizing.

Keynote Conversation: Mackie Mallison

Filmmaker, artist and storyteller Mackie Mallison creates to share the truths of ourselves and the world in which we live in. In addressing divisive topics through his work, Mackie hopes to deconstruct this division through understanding. Much of the work that Mackie creates is driven with the intent of further emphasizing that we are all different. These differences are what make us us. We should not be persecuted for these differences; they should be celebrated. However, marginalization is and always has been ever-present in this world. We all have the power to dismantle it.

In this conversation, Mackie speaks with GOA Filmmaking students Maeve (American School of Bombay, Mumbai, India), Talia (Menlo School, California, USA), and Tyler (Nueva School, California, USA). The moderator is Brendan Gill, GOA Filmmaking teacher and Media Arts teacher at Catlin Gabel School (Oregon, USA). They reference two of Mackie’s films: SELF and This, That and Everything.