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About the 2014 Conference

February 1-2, 2014
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts

2014 marks the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and with the historic U.S. Supreme Court rulings in June 2013, this year's conference, "Forty-five years since Stonewall...What's next for the LGBTQ movement?" aims to review where we have come since 1969, and the next frontiers and outstanding opportunities for the LGBTQ community.

This inaugural conference, organized by students from the various Harvard graduate schools, will bring together the University's students, scholars, and alumni, as well as practitioners and guests from across the country for a weekend of learning, ideating, and networking. The conference keynotes, panels, and small group breakout sessions are designed to explore and address critical issues for the LGBTQ community while special performances and group activities will give attendees the opportunity to connect and socialize meaningfully.

We hope you will join us for the 2014 LGBTQ Conference as we start a new tradition!

Organizing Team


Ma'ayan Anafi
Ma'ayan is a second-year student at Harvard Law School. Originally from Jerusalem, she grew up in Toronto, where she completed her B.A. in Equity Studies, an interdisciplinary social justice program. She spent her time after graduation teaching and working with organizations that deal with violence against women. In law school, she is serving as the HLS Lambda chapter's political co-chair and is involved in the Journal of Law and Gender and the Environmental Law Review. She spent her 1L summer working on LGBT impact litigation efforts at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and hopes to continue her work in LGBT advocacy into the future.

AJ Lee
AJ is a concurrent-degree student with the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and the Harvard Kennedy School, where he is Editor-in-Chief of the LGBTQ Policy Journal. At Tuck, he was co-Chair of Admitted Students Weekend, co-founded a student-led diversity task force, and was the director of pre-MBA programming for the 2012 Reaching Out LGBT MBA conference. Prior to business school, he was a Program Fellow with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, where he worked on community-sourced policy around bullying of queer youth and served as editor for a landmark policy journal on health, education, and commerce. He has a Masters in Asian American Studies from UCLA where he was the Institute of American Cultures Fellow, and his Bachelors from the University of Pennsylvania. His professional experience includes three years in management with The Vanguard Group and MBA internships with the Target Corporation and Amazon.com.

Ana Mendy
Ana is currently a second year MBA student at the Harvard Business School. Originally from Uruguay, Ana made her way to the Middle East where she spent three years as a management consultant in McKinsey & Company's Dubai office. Prior to McKinsey, Ana explored Southeast Asia while working in the Thai-Burma border for the Burmese Lawyers' Council to help Burmese refugees settle into a life in Thailand. Ana graduated from Harvard College in 2009, with a degree in History, where she was the President of the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School and a proud resident of Eliot House. At HBS, Ana is the Co-President of the LGBT Student Association, and is also co-Chair of the Leadership and Values Committee. After HBS, Ana is joining McKinsey's San Francisco Office. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Ana is a music enthusiast, an avid traveler, and a foodie!

Marketing & Finance

Bryann DaSilva
Bryann is a second-year Master in Public Policy student. He is the president of the LGBTQ Caucus at the Harvard Kennedy School and focuses on Business and Government Policy. His past experience in the LGBTQ community includes work on HIV/AIDS, student organizing, and political activism. Prior to HKS, he worked with the White House Office of Presidential Personnel after graduating from Vanderbilt University with a double major in Economics and Public Policy Studies with a focus on Latin American Economic Development.

Peter Hart
Peter is currently a first year MBA student at the Harvard Business School after several years with AEA Investors. At AEA, he served as an investment professional in their $2.5B Middle Market fund where he was focused on making investments in the consumer / retail and social media / marketing services space. Prior to joining AEA, he was a Consultant in the Chicago office of the Boston Consulting Group where he spent the majority of his time in the financial services practice area primarily advising banks, hedge funds, and asset managers. Peter graduated from Indiana University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business with concentrations in Finance, Entrepreneurship, and Real Estate. During his freshman year at IU, he founded Everest Real Estate L.L.C, which owns and operates a portfolio of five residential properties in Bloomington, Indiana. He currently serves on the Board of Director of the Out for Undergrad (O4U).

Caroline Sacerdote
Caroline is a 2L at Harvard Law School. She is originally from Jacksonville, Florida and graduated from the University of Florida with a double major in Economics and Political Science. After graduation, she served as an AmeriCorps member with College Access Now in Seattle, Washington, helping low-income, first-generation college bound students navigate the college and financial aid application process. She is a Co-Political Chair of the HLS chapter of Lambda and is involved with the HLS Journal of Law and Gender and Harvard Law Students for Reproductive Justice. She spent her 1L summer working on human rights impact litigation at the Legal Resources Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa and will spend her 2L summer at the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Jessica Zestar-Postrk
Jessica is currently a second year MBA student at the Harvard Business School. Originally from San Francisco, Jessica spent her four years prior to business school at McKinsey & Company where she had the opportunity to work across New York, London, Johannesburg, and Dubai. Jessica graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008, with a degree in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and a degree in Finance. At HBS, Jessica is the CFO of the LGBT Student Association, and is also the CFO of the Brew Club and her Section Treasurer. After HBS, Jessica will rejoin McKinsey in their San Francisco Office. Finally, Jessica is an enthusiast traveler and foodie!


Jo Adamson
Jo is a Mid Career studying for a Masters in Public Administration at Harvard Kennedy School. When not at HKS, Jo is a career diplomat who has spent 24 years working with the UK Foreign Office and the United Nations. Jo's professional specialities are the Middle East and International Security. She graduated from Cambridge University in the UK many many years ago. When not wrestling with Case Studies and Problem Sets, Jo can usually be found with her head in crime novels, or watching French films. Jo is very interested in the role of diversity in improving professional and organisational performance.

Conor Ahern
Conor is a 2L at Harvard Law School, originally from the Philadelphia area. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in History in 2008. After college, Conor worked in management consulting for three years before quitting his job to volunteer full time at three New York legal aid societies: Gay Men's Health Crisis, NYLAG's LGBT Law Project, and South Brooklyn Legal Services. Outside of Lambda, Conor is involved with the American Constitution Society, where he serves on the board as Academics Director, and has worked with the Journal of Law and Gender and the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) in the past. He spent his 1L summer working at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in Washington, D.C. on a Ford Fellowship, and was also awarded the Harvard Law GLBT Alumni Committee Fellowship. In addition to following LGBT issues, he enjoys terrible puns, animals, television and cooking.

Daniel Lennox
Daniel is a first year MBA student at Harvard Business School. Before coming to HBS, Daniel was an infantry officer in the U.S. Army for six years. He was stationed in Hawaii, and served on three deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. On his final deployment, he worked on NATO's anti corruption task force in Kabul. Daniel graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2007, and studied at the International Relations Institute of Cameroon in 2008 on a Fulbright Scholarship. He is a marathon runner and triathlete, although he has lost some speed since he started business school.

Emily Miller
Emily is currently a first year MBA student at the Harvard Business School. She graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor's of Science in 2008. Upon graduation, she was commissioned as an engineer officer in the U.S. Army. During her five years of service, she deployed once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan serving in various leadership positions along the way. Emily served on the board of Knights Out, a West Point alumni non-profit organization dedicated to the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT). Following this, she worked for OutServe, where she helped establish global social networks of LGBT active duty service members in the movement against DADT. At HBS, Emily is an active member in the LGBT Student Association and Social Enterprise Club. Emily is a proud Hoosier, enjoys skiing, good coffee, and spending time with her dog, Rosie.

Andrea Titus
Andrea is a second-year public policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School and a co-chair of the HKS LGBTQ Caucus. Previously, she was the Communications Manager at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, where she blogged about infectious diseases, epidemiology, and drug resistance. She is an executive board member of the Harvard Law and International Development Society and spent last summer as a Cultural Bridge Fellow with Harvard's Women and Public Policy Program, researching the design of vocational training programs in Pakistan. In her free time, she enjoys photography, music, and making pasta from scratch.

Speakers & Keynotes

Sean Cuddihy
Sean is a first-year law student from Orlando, Florida. He graduated from Harvard College in 2011 with a degree in Government and a minor in Physics, then spent two years in DC as an assistant to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's affordable housing practice. In addition to his duties with HLS Lambda, which include representing the HLS queer community to the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Association, Sean works as a pre-law advisor at to Harvard undergrads and plans to join the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. His interests include rowing, euphonium performance, and Batman.

Larissa de Lima
Larissa is a joint degree candidate for Master in Public Policy and Master in Business Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Business School. Originally from Brazil, she moved to the US to attend Harvard College. She graduated in 2009 and loved the area so much she decided to stay in Boston, working as a management consultant for Oliver Wyman. She was co-chair of GLOW, Oliver Wyman's LGBT Employee Group. She took a sabbatical from consulting to spend time in Ethiopia, volunteering for TechnoServe, a nonprofit focused on finding business solutions for rural poverty. After graduating, she plans on finally moving back to Brazil.

Yaseen Eldik
Before law school, Yaseen worked at the White House (and the USDA) for the Obama Administration's Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. This allowed Yaseen to explore more deeply the relationship between the federal government and America's religious communities. Yaseen studied the intersection of law and religion as a research fellow at Harvard Law School where he co-authored a law review article arguing that the lack of interfaith dialogue in public schools contributes to social conflict; the article was published in the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Yaseen gained national recognition when he was awarded the Truman Scholarship in 2011. Yaseen graduated from Stony Brook University, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, as a double major in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in English. As a 1L, Yaseen remains active in advocating for human rights. He also loves to travel and horseback ride.

Andrew Holmberg
Andrew is currently a second year MBA student at the Harvard Business School. Originally from Minnesota, Andrew went to Duke University where he received a BS in Economics and a BA in Public Policy Studies. After undergrad, Andrew worked at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) doing internal strategy. At HBS, Andrew is the Co-President of the LGBT Student Association, and after business school he will be joining the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in the New York office.

Andres Rapoport
Andy is a Buenos Aires native and California transplant. He is now a second year at the law school with an inexorable penchant for civil rights, immigration law, and karaoke. As a member of Harvard Lambda Legal, he spends much of his time attending happy hours and planning conferences on LGBT issues. He currently also works with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic providing legal services to asylum seekers and is on the board of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Prior to joining the Harvard community, Andy received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Go Bears!

Lyell Sakaue
Lyell Sakaue is a Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School. Before graduate studies, Lyell helped launch and manage IBM's award-winning Smarter Cities Challenge - a philanthropic initiative to provide $50 million worth of strategic policy guidance to 100 city governments around the world, on topics ranging from multimodal transportation infrastructure to predictive models of housing vacancy. Lyell is an alumnus of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, and holds a B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley, where he co-founded the annual Queer & Asian Conference.

John Dey
John T. Dey is a 3L at Harvard Law School and currently serves as co-president of HLS Lambda. Originally from suburban Chicago, he received a bachelor's degree in Economics from Harvard College in 2008. Between college and law school, he worked as a field organizer for President Obama's 2008 campaign in southeastern Missouri before moving to Washington, DC to join the Administration in 2009. He spent his 1L summer working for the U.S. Department of Justice's Access to Justice Initiative, and spent his 2L summer at a law firm and in DOJ's Civil Division (Federal Programs Branch). In addition to his work with Lambda, John is a proud member of HLS's Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and the Harvard Defenders. When not occupied with law school work or activities, he likely can be found watching a Roger Federer match, discussing politics, singing the praises of Chicago and/or DC, or engaging in some combination thereof.

Shane Hunt
Shane is a 2L from the Chicago area, and graduated from Duke University in 2012 with a degree in Economics and Philosophy. In addition to Lambda, he is a Research Associate at the Committee on Capital Market Regulation, is involved with the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project, and is a member of the Catholic Law Student Association. He previously served as a Lambda 1L Representative, and spent his 1L summer at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York.


Emma Toshack
Emma is a second-year student at HBS, who moved to Boston from Sydney, Australia after 3 years with The Boston Consulting Group. Prior to BCG, she was an entrepreneur, dressage rider, and photographer. She obtained her law degree and BA from Sydney University and studied Political & Economic Development at LSE. She spent her most recent summer at Bridgewater as a Senior Management Associate. She's currently working on a number of projects including Bonheur - which makes luxury bespoke scarves printed with your child's artwork; Splash'd - which provides professional head shots at student prices, and Quintum - an incubator and strategic advisor for consumer, food, and beverage startups. In her free time she loves eating great food, mixing new cocktails, relaxing on tropical beaches, and being with the people she loves.


Sean Liu
Sean is a second-year student at HBS. Previously he worked at Google and graduated from MIT with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Faculty Advisors

Timothy P. McCarthy
Timothy Patrick McCarthy is Lecturer on History and Literature and on Public Policy at Harvard University, where he also serves as Program Director at the Carr Center forHuman Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is an award-winning teacher and advisor whose courses "American Protest Literature from Tom Paine to Tupac", "Stories of Slavery and Freedom", and "Arts of Communication" are consistently among the most popular and highly rated at Harvard. In addition to his writing and teaching, McCarthy has devoted his life to public service and social justice, particularly around issues of racial, sexual, and socioeconomic justice, educational equity, peace, and human rights. A nationally respected leader in the LGBTQ community, McCarthy was a founding member of Barack Obama's National LGBT Leadership Council, has given expert testimony to the Pentagon Comprehensive Working Group on the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," serves on the board of the Harvey Milk Foundation, and is currently Vice President of the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus. A frequent media commentator, McCarthy (@DrTPM on Twitter) has appeared on NPR, BBC, Air America, Bloomberg Radio, Radio Free Europe, Al Jazeera, DemocracyNow!, HuffPost Live, and Big Think. He has written for The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Boston Globe, History News Network, Gay and Lesbian Review, The Feminist Wire, and In These Times, and blogs regularly for The Nation.