Join us for a conversation with Ryan Lombardini of The Trevor Project and Brian Pines of It Gets Better as they discuss how their organizations have partnered to use transformative storytelling to save young lives.
About Ryan Lombardini
Ryan Lombardini is a digital marketing strategist for The Trevor Project, a nationwide nonprofit focused on youth suicide prevention. Over the past four years, Ryan has built Trevor’s online presence across multiple platforms, amassing an online following of over half a million and converting hundreds of thousands of fans into advocates and donors. Through innovative, award-winning digital marketing campaigns, Ryan has established The Trevor Project as a premiere expert and thought-leader in digital best-practices for nonprofits. Ryan has worked with global brands, celebrities, television and film studios on campaigns for social good including Daniel Radcliffe, Ellen DeGeneres, Adam Lambert, FOX and Glee. These efforts have earned several awards for The Trevor Project, including the 2011 Mashable Award for “Best Non-Profit on Social Media” and two Shorty Awards (“Must Follow Non-Profit”). Ryan has a passion for ali gning business strategy with nonprofits to amplify awareness, inspire social action and cultivate a deeper connection to the issues that shape our lives. Ryan currently resides in West Hollywood, CA and graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Psychology and Social Behavior.
About the It Gets Better Project
In September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry Miller to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. In response to a number of students taking their own lives after being bullied in school, they wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT youth that, yes, it does indeed get better.
The It Gets Better Project™ has become a worldwide movement, inspiring more than 50,000 user-created videos viewed more than 50 million times. To date, the project has received submissions from celebrities, organizations, activists, politicians and media personalities, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway, Colin Farrell, Matthew Morrison of “Glee”, Joe Jonas, Joel Madden, Ke$ha, Sarah Silverman, Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres, Suze Orman, the staffs of The Gap, Google, Facebook, Pixar, the Broadway community, and many more. For us, every video changes a life. It doesn’t matter who makes it.
Moderated by Brady Hahn
Brady believes unlocking potential, breaking boundaries, and building strong communities. As a facilitator, researcher and strategist, she specializes in positioning for-profits, non-profits & social entrepreneurs for partnerships and strategic initiatives. Brady is currently the Vice President of Global Sales & Business Development at Crowdcentric, which owns and operates Social Media Week, a worldwide event exploring the social, cultural and economic impact of social media. SMW’s mission is to help people and organizations connect through collaboration, learning and the sharing of ideas and information. She is also the founder of Non Profit Effect, a consultancy focused on collaborating for change in the non-profit sector by educating brands and non-profit leaders on how to develop sustainable initiatives and partnerships.