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The Making of NYC's Pride March: A Mile In Our Shoes Speaker Series

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Jun 19
05:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Women in Tech

Celebrate WorldPride at Newsela’s A Mile In Our Shoes Speaker Series with stories & lessons from the last decade of NYC Pride.

As the world descends upon NYC for WorldPride, join Newsela and Chris Frederick (the Executive Director behind NYC’s iconic Pride March) as we discuss parades, politics, and what it takes to put on the mega production surrounding Pride. We’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at a decade’s worth of stories and lessons in activism, inclusion, and tenacity to honor LGBTQIA+ history 50 years after the Stonewall Riots.

This edition of Newsela’s A Mile In Our Shoes Speaker Series continues to build on using the power of personal stories to positively change our world, promote empathy & inclusivity, and spark new ideas in the tech and media industry. We’re excited to explore what it means to truly celebrate the diversity of the queer community. In addition to discussing how to navigate politics, red tape, and celebrity whims, we’ll learn how Chris and his team helped nurture a non-profit from grassroots activism to taking center stage in an effort to advance the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community.


About the Speaker

Since 2009, Chris Frederick has served as the Executive Director of NYC Pride & Heritage of Pride Inc., the nonprofit organization that plans and produces New York City’s official LGBTQIA+ Pride events each year to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969 — the beginning of the modern Gay Rights movement.

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the 2019 WorldPride celebrations in NYC are expected to draw about 4.5 million people from around the world. For the last decade, Chris and his team have been working tirelessly to amplify and elevate NYC Pride festivities, and prepare for this year’s WorldPride hosted in NYC. What started as a march in 1970 has grown into a month of events that inspire, educate, commemorate, and celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community.


The Schedule

5:30pm-6pm Check-In

6pm-7pm Speaker Presentation

7pm-8pm Happy Hour & Networking



About Newsela

Newsela is on a mission to unlock the written word for everyone. We're dedicated to transforming the way learners access the world through words. By publishing high-interest articles daily at five levels of complexity for grades 3-12, Newsela not only builds students' reading levels, it gets them thinking critically and engages them in current events. Backed by TCV, Kleiner Perkins, and Zuckerberg Education Ventures, among other leading venture capital firms, we’re building a future where vibrant digital reading experiences will supercharge reading engagement and learning in every subject.

Whether developing rich content, magical user experiences, or powerful data analytics, our cross-functional teams work in a collaborative environment to solve complex problems and make a real world impact. It's a thrilling time to be here, and we're hiring.

Location of Event

620 8th Avenue, 21st Floor
New York, NY, 10018
620 8th Avenue, 21st Floor
New York, NY, 10018

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