Trainings and Presentations

Keynotes, Workshops, and Trainings


Digital Trainings

We offer a suite of digital trainings – some regularly, and some by request – on bystander intervention, online harassment and digital security, harassment in public spaces, movement building, and other themes. Click here to see what we have scheduled, or contact us at [email protected] to request a special digital training.

Bystander Intervention

Learn (1)Over the past year, you’ve come forward to tell us about how the rise in harassment and violence in the U.S. is impacting you. And yet we have also heard from you a desire to rise up, speak out, and intervene when you see harassment happening.

Our research shows that as little as a knowing glance can reduce trauma in the face of harassment, but the wrong response can actually increase trauma. With so many eager to step up, we need everyone to be equipped with the right information on how to be an effective bystander in the midst of violence enacted within our communities.

Our online Bystander Intervention trainings, hosted by Hollaback! Deputy Director Debjani Roy and Bystander Intervention Coordinator Agunda Okeyo, will arm you with the tools you need to respond to harassment and protect the rights of everyone.

How to Help Your Friends When They’re Harassed Online

OH Webinar imageSince the 2016 presidential election in the U.S., we have seen an eruption of online harassment of people of color, religious minorities, women, and others – to the point that many have abandoned social media as a public space or stepped back from voicing their opinions publicly. In response, we’ve developed our first bystander intervention training specific to online harassment.

With this training, hosted by experts from the HeartMob team, you’ll learn how to be an effective bystander when you witness online harassment and cyberbullying. Find out what online harassment looks like, how to respond without escalating, and how to offer real support to your friends and colleagues.

In the meantime, check out iheartmob.org for more resources and join the community!


Hollaback!’s Expertise

Hollaback! staff would love to keynote your next event, lead a workshop/training at your school or organization, or invite you to one of our digital trainings. From Montgomery to Dubai to the internet, we’ve presented to audiences large and small on street harassment, online harassment, bystander intervention, building safe and inclusive public space, and transforming the culture that perpetuates discrimination and violence.

Debjani Training with South Asian Youth Action in Queens speaker keynote consultationThemes we’ve covered include:

  • Bystander intervention
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • Technology and story sharing as tools to end harassment
  • Online harassment and digital security
  • Building decentralized movements
  • Healing and bridging difference

Audiences we’ve presented to include:

  • Major universities, small colleges, middle schools, and high schools
  • Media, democracy, technology, and activism conferences
  • International business conferences
  • Anti-racism student activists
  • Law enforcement officers

We will tailor the content to suit your time requirements and the needs of your audience. Presentations are engaging, interactive, and range from 45 minutes to 2 hours or longer. Email [email protected] with further inquiries.


In-Person Trainings and Workshops

Debjani Training bystander intervention lecture keynote trainingHollaback! offers a suite of hands-on, in-person trainings on themes, including:

  • Bystander intervention
  • Digital security
  • Understanding hate, harassment, and violence in public spaces

Here is what people had to say about Hollaback!’s trainings and workshops:

“The discussion felt so empowering. I feel more validated about this issue than I ever have!”
– Workshop participant from NYC High School

Hollaback! presented highly engaging and impactful workshops to our Young Women’s Leadership and Young Men’s Leadership programs at South Asian Youth Action. The workshop contextualized street harassment as a social justice issue, provided a safe space for youth to share experiences and find support from each other, and gave practical information about how to combat this problem, whether one is a victim or bystander.”
– Sarah Rashid, College and Leadership Program Coordinator, South Asian Youth Action

“Hollaback!’s work is so important… it develops a platform to open up the dialogue with students and staff who may feel it’s pointless and out of their control to talk about street harassment. After Hollaback!’s workshop, our staff began to reflect on their own experiences of street harassment, which fortified another layer of relationships with our students here at Broome Street Academy.”
Debjani harassment training Duke University bystander intervention– Christian Cabrera, Director of Student Services, Broome Street Academy

“Debjani’s training provided an invaluable roadmap for becoming a better bystander, and a better ally. We heard incredible responses from participants after her program, and would recommend Hollaback!’s training to anyone looking to get more involved – or just looking to understand the world a little bit better!”
– Melanie Kress, High Line Art Assistant Curator at Friends of the High Line, NYC

“Hollaback’s training was incredibly informative and opened my eyes even wider to the prevalence of public harassment in our society. Equipped with Hollaback’s tips and recommendations, I now feel more prepared and capable of dealing with these situations when I see and hear them arise.”

– Julian Miller, MBA ’18, Stern School of Business, NYU

Participants and audience members have shared that they felt more informed, empowered, and supported after going through one of Hollaback!’s trainings around issues of street harassment and gender justice.

To request one of our trainers to conduct a workshop at your school or organization, contact [email protected].


Keynotes, Lectures, and Other Presentations

Hollaback! staff, site leaders, and other affiliates have earned glowing reviews of their talks. Read more about our two directors and their presentations below.

Emily Ted Talk presentation speech trainingEmily May, Co-Founder and Executive Director

Emily is a force to be reckoned with and sparks others to be too. Her talk at Duke inspired, provoked and challenged the audience to see street harassment and their power to change it as essential to the feminist movement. She is clear, real, and unwavering. Watching her is like seeing change happen before your eyes.
– Ada Gregory, Director of Duke University Women’s Center

Emily is an international leader in the gender justice movement.  In 2005, at the age of 24, she co-founded Hollaback! in New York City, and in 2010 she became its first full-time executive director. Under her leadership, the project has scaled to over 50 cities in 25 countries. Emily brings a fresh perspective to social action in the digital age: she argues that the internet gives us new opportunities to tackle injustice by transforming discrimination from a lonely experience into a piece of a larger, public movement. Emily believes that through the power of storytelling, decentralized leadership, and deep empathy we can disrupt cycles of hate and create a world where everyone has the right to feel safe and confident.

Prior to running Hollaback!, Emily worked in the anti-poverty world as a case manager, political action coordinator, director of development, and most recently, a one-woman research and development team. She has also worked on four political campaigns. Emily has a Master’s Degree in Social Policy from the London School of Economics, is an Ashoka Fellow, a Prime Movers Fellow, and has won over ten awards for her work including the TEDCity 2.0 Prize. She recently co-founded HeartMob, Hollaback!’s platform designed to support people being harassed online.

To book Emily to keynote your event, contact Fresh Speakers at [email protected].

Debjani Friends Seminary training lecture keynote
Debjani at Friends Seminary
Debjani Roy, Deputy Director

Including Debjani and Hollaback! in CUMC’s inaugural Take Back the Night was the best decision we could have made. Debjani’s amazing talk on combating street harassment and sexual assault inspired and empowered students.”

– Devon Morera, Take Back the Night Organizer, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Debjani Roy has advocated for gender equality in the US and UK for fifteen years. Prior to Hollaback! she led key initiatives at Manavi, promoting the rights of South Asian women survivors of violence in the United States. She has expertise in program management, direct service provision, development, training and technical assistance, communications, research, and policy advocacy on immigrant rights and gender-based violence issues, including domestic violence, sexual assault, forced marriage, “honor”-based violence, sexual trafficking/forced prostitution, and widows’ rights.

Debjani’s work and commentary has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Fox News, Huffington Post, and others. Her academic publications include “South Asian Battered Women’s Use of Force against Intimate Male Partners” and An Introduction to Forced Marriage in the South Asian Community in the United States. Debjani is a graduate of the Stern School of Business at NYU and has a master’s degree in Cultural Studies with a focus on Gender Theory from the University of London, Goldsmiths.

To book Debjani to speak at your event, contact [email protected].