2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Beat the Bully: Bring Light to Darkness on the Web

Saturday, March 12
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon J
500 E 4th St

The internet creates bullies -- but it also creates heroes; the anonymous friends that race to send support when a mom posts on Facebook that her son got no RSVPs to his birthday party; those like Lizze Velasquez who's bullied backstory turned her into an online role model. Come to this panel to hear how online bullying, and online heroes, are being addressed from different perspectives: victims, bullies, creators, brands, platforms. Learn how the biggest voices – creators and brands – are using their platforms to speak up against online bullying. We promise to touch and to inspire, but mostly importantly, to provide a roadmap for bringing light to your corner of the web.

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Ellyn Fisher at SXSW

Ellyn Fisher

SVP PR & Social Media

Ad Council

Lisa Bilgrei

Head of Sales Dev, SMP


Lisa Bilgrei is Head of Sales Development on the Sponsorship & Media Programs Team at Google. She oversees all sales activation functions focusing on insights driven premium media, branded custom ...

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Lizzie Velasquez

Motivational Speaker & Author

Independent Motivational Speaker

Born with a rare syndrome that prevents her from gaining weight, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Velasquez was first bullied as a child in school for looking different and, later online. When Lizzie Velasquez f...

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Michael Bellavia at SXSW

Michael Bellavia



Michael Bellavia is an Emmy winning executive producer and digital marketing executive and CEO of both HelpsGood, a social media agency, and Animax, an entertainment production company. HelpsGood ...

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Rocco Pallatto


Ad Council

Rocco serves as the Director of Development for the Ad Council, managing Ad Council board partnerships and activations.


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