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Janet Mock is a writer, TV host, and advocate whose work has appeared in Marie Claire, The New Yorker, the New York Times and Lenny. In 2014, she released Redefining Realness, her path-clearing New York Times bestseller about her journey as a trans teenager. bell hooks called Janet’s memoir, “a life map for transformation” and Melissa Harris Perry said, “You will be changed by this book.”
With a master’s in journalism from New York University, the Honolulu native worked as an editor at People.com, produced the HBO documentary “The Trans List,” hosted a series of specials for MSNBC, and appeared on Super Soul Sunday where Oprah Winfrey called her a “fearless new voice” and “trailblazing leader,” who “changed my way of thinking.” She’s been honored by the Ms. Foundation for Women, Planned Parenthood, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, spoke at the Women’s March on Washington, and Time magazine named her one of “the most influential people on the internet.” Her new memoir, Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me, will be released in June.
Ms. Mock will be interviewed by Bailey Williams, a senior at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, who will receive a B.S. in Video-Broadcast Journalism, with a double major in Gender & Sexuality Studies. Since January 2017, Ms. Williams has worked as a reporter for WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, WV, and has previously works at Newsday in New York, as a video editor at The Daily Northwestern, and as a business and politics reporter for Medill News Service in Washington, DC.
Sponsored by Family Action Network (FAN), in partnership with Baker Demonstration School, Compass Health Center, Evanston Township High School Alumni Foundation, Evanston Township High School D202, the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, Northwestern University’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, Medill School of Journalism, Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, and Office of Neighborhood and Community Relations, and YWCA Evanston/North Shore. FAN is grateful for the support of its 2016-17 annual sponsors Compass Health Center, Evanston Township High School D202, New Trier High School D203, the Martin & Mary L. Boyer Foundation, Magnetar Capital, and Tina & Byron Trott; our strategic partners Acclaim Media, the Butler Family Foundation, Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University, Curt’s Café, Erikson Institute, Evanston/Skokie D65, the Finnegan Family Foundation, Hackstudio, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, the Mammel Foundation, the Master of Science in Education Program at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, the McGaw YMCA, National Alliance on Mental Illness – Cook Country North Suburban, New Trier Parents’ Association, North Shore Community Bank, Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED), Northwestern University, R4 Services, LLC, ReDefined Fitness, The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, The Family Institute at Northwestern University, Victories, and Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.); and our in-kind sponsors Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Turing Group.