The ProtectHer Dream Team
We believe like any great team that has defied the odds and won a major title, that you are only as great as your weakest player. Fortunately for us, everyone on our team is the very best at what they do. Magic things happen when the right dream team is brought together and that's exactly what we've done here with ProtectHer. Go big or go home.
Alexis completed her Undergraduate and Masters from USC then founded the non-profit I AM THAT GIRL (501c3), which currently has 1.05M+ girls involved and just opened a chapter in its 20th’s country. Alexis quickly became an internationally recognized speaker, media personality, activist, and author. She also hosted a TV show on the red carpet, worked at Fox Sports, ESPN and various shows on MTV, CBS and TLC. Alexis hosted and organized the first TEDxAustin Women (the most globally streamed of 2014) and came on as the Executive Producer on the anti-bullying film, A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story which ended up winning 10 awards in 9 film festivals. Alexis most recently launched her new company, ProtectHer after she was invited to give a talk to the top eighteen quarterbacks in the country, on the importance of respecting women for a show called Elite 11. When the show aired, over night she was hired by D1 locker rooms all over the country and ProtectHer was born out of the urgency to inspire male athletes
Alexis has been invited to speak at The White House, The United Nations, Harvard, Stanford, SXSW, Sundance, ESPN, NIKE, Pepsi, DELL and recently gave her first TEDx talk. She has been featured as one of AOL’s MAKERS along with Oprah, Ellen, and Sheryl Sandberg. She was highlighted as Oprah’s #SuperSoul100, Fast Company’s “Female Trailblazers”, ESPN’s “Pop Culture’s Top 10,” #CreateCultivate100, as an Ambassador for L’Oreal’s new STEM and listed as one of DELL’s #Inspire100 List. She’s also been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, WSJ, NPR, USA Today, Huffington post, Fast Company, Sports Illustrated, and O Magazine.
Sara Hirsh Bordo
Founding Partner, Director and Producer ProtectHer Film Series
Sara previously held positions in media and entertainment including Executive Director of Interactive Marketing at Paramount Pictures, VP of Digital Marketing at MGM Studios, and CEO & Co-Founder of NowLive which was acquired by Live Media Group in 2013. During her experience in entertainment, she was told by her female boss, that she “belonged more in an apron than in an office.” Recognizing that women have to champion each other rather than allow each other to feel threatened by each other, Sara founded Women Rising, which is dedicated to empowering women and girls through content and experiences. After more than 10 years away in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, Sara returned to Austin for the opportunity as the Executive Producer for the first TEDxAustinWomen, which ultimately became the #1 viewed TEDxWomen event in the world across 58 countries. After meeting Lizzie Velasquez during TEDxAustinWomen, Sara and Women Rising secured Lizzie’s rights to tell her story. Sara’s directorial debut, "A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story”, becoming one of Kickstarter's most successful crowdfunded documentaries of all time, won 10 awards in 9 film festivals, and secured global broadcast distribution. In 2016 and 2017, Sara and Women Rising returned to live experiences by producing, directing, and programming the R3 Summit for Prevention Magazine (Rodale Inc.) and The Circular Summit, in partnership with Entrepreneur and Inc. magazines, and directed and co-produced The Women’s March on Austin which became the largest march in and the largest gathering of women in Texas history. Sara’s insight of in order to safeguard the dorm rooms we have to activate the power of the locker rooms made her the right fit to direct and produce the ProtectHer documentary and short film series. Sara is a member of the Producer's Guild of America New Media Council, was selected to attend The White House Women Entrepreneurship Conference, The White House Champions for Change Summit, and the final White House’s It’s On Us summit, has been nominated twice for Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneur, and has been featured in publications including Inc., Entrepreneur, Forbes, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire, The Mighty, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.
Director of Photography & Writer
Co - Owner of Grassroots Films Inc. and CampCampo.com Michael is responsible for award winning films such as The Human Experience, Child31, and the latest of his heart warming documentaries OUTCASTS. A writer, director, film maker and all around creative strategist Campo is also the writer and a producer on the 2015 SXSW audience choice for best documentary A Brave Heart- The Lizzie Velasquez Story. Married and a father of three, he's currently working on a variety of new projects including a dramatic series, an animated children's program as well as providing nonprofit organization emotionally engaging content for the web.
ProtectHer Film Series Editor
Erik directed, edited, and co-wrote the feature documentary "365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley," about the mess left by Jerry Sandusky and the inaccuracies reported in the media. Roger Ebert called Erik's first film "Lemonade: Detroit" a "gob-smacking 17-minute short,” and he is also the creator of the film "Lemonade," which can be seen on The Documentary Channel, iTunes, and Amazon. Erik calls upon nearly 20 years of brand building and storytelling experience to advance the missions of a select group of responsible clients through his production and content creation company, Fighting Monk. His writing can be read on Forbes, The Huffington Post, Advertising Age, Adweek, and The Good Men Project.
Head of Publicity
Armed with a desire to use PR to elevate pioneers who are driving positive change, Danielle Gano founded Elle Communications in 2008. The bi-coastal PR agency focuses on representing ethically-made brands, CSR campaigns, non-profits, social enterprises, and impact-focused causes and leaders. She has personally guided PR strategy for such organizations as UNICEF, Invisible Children, World Vision, I AM THAT GIRL, National Voter Registration Day, Orbis International, This Bar Saves Lives, Omaze, The Giving Keys, Raven + Lily, Rock the Vote, and the Obama administration's social impact projects - It's On Us and United State of Women. Danielle serves on UNICEF NextGen board and Civic Nation’s Advisory Council. She previously received her BA in public relations from San Diego State University and her Masters in Business Administration from National University. Danielle splits her time between Elle’s New York and Los Angeles offices, but calls Venice Beach home. You can find her online at @ohheyelle on Instagram and Twitter.
ProtectHer Program Writer
Barri founded and directs Expect Respect, a program of the SAFE Alliance. Expect Respect is a comprehensive dating abuse prevention program that 1) Supports youth exposed to violence through school-based counseling and support groups, 2) Mobilizes youth as leaders, and 3) Creates safe and healthy environments in schools through policy, curricula and training. Barri co-authored the Expect Respect Program Manual with members of her team at SAFE and consults on numerous local and national sexual violence prevention initiatives. She received her Master’s of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas in 1990 and was honored with the 2014 Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award from the Austin Child Guidance Center and the 2010 Professional Innovation in Victim Services Award from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Yogi Roth is a Pac-12 Network college football analyst, filmmaker, scholar, New York Times best-selling author, accomplished coach, motivational Speaker, media personality, host, and word traveler who has been studying human potential for over a decade.
Yogi began his storytelling career after coaching football at USC, co-authoring the New York Times best-seller Win Forever with Pete Carroll, as well as his second book From PA to LA. As a filmmaker, he has produced multiple documentaries with the Pac-12 Network, NFL Films, Bleacher Report, and ESPN, including the Emmy-nominated film Keep Climbing: 2013 Elite 11 and the award winning film Life In A Walk. Recently, he was an associate producer on the educational documentary series ProtectHer.
As a media personality, Yogi has been a host/college football analyst for ESPN, FOX and Pac-12 Networks, as well as a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight.
Marc is a broadcast journalist and sportscaster who can currently be seen on the NFL Network and NFL.com. A lifelong sports fan, Marc graduated from Texas Christian University in his hometown of Fort Worth and began his career behind the scenes producing graphics for ESPN sports broadcasts. His first on-air job came as the weekend sportscaster for KTEN, the NBC affiliate in Denison, TX. Since then, he’s worked for The Food Network, TV Guide Network, CNN, the BBC, TV Guide Network, Speed Channel, ABC.com, and Yahoo!, among others. When he’s not working, Marc is an avid cook, traveler and photographer. And he’s especially enthusiastic about combining a passion for his work with his commitment to advancing the important social issues behind ProtectHer.