2023 FSP Intern Career Conference

Cyber Bullying and Breaking the Microaggression Code: Recognizing & Minimizing Emotional Tax in the Workplace

Presentation by two young activists who have turned cyberbullying around and now help empower Chicago area youth and others to become upstanders and allies to end bullying and an interactive presentation that explains the microaggression code and how to recognize when its happening and learning how to respond with less emotional trauma.

Alisha Gupta (she/her)

Originally from Bay Area, California, Alisha is a senior at UT Austin, double majoring in Business Honors and Marketing, with a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She currently serves as President of the American Marketing Association, UT’s only marketing organization on campus. She was also a part of Genesis, investing in student startups, modeled for Saffron and Spark, two editorial magazines on campus, and danced on a competitive Bollywood Team. Outside of school, Alisha is a Youth Changemaker for Ashoka, currently working on a strategy to grow leaders of social good worldwide, as well as a Dance Instructor here in Austin. After a couple years working in Venture Capital at an Impact Investing Firm and Capital Factory, Alisha will be working as a Strategy Analyst at Accenture in Chicago this summer. Within Humanity Rising, Alisha initiated a podcast series, What Cause Inspires You, that featured student service stories and social entrepreneurship professionals from around the globe and delegated scholarships.

Devin Moore (they/them/he/him)

Program Director at Humanity Rising

Devin Moore is the Founder of #RaceToSpeakUp, an anti-bullying organization, where he educates youth about bullying prevention and empowers them to be upstanders. He is the Author of the Devin Speaks Up! children’s anti-bullying book, which is about speaking up to someone you trust about being bullied, kindness matters, and encourages kids to be upstanders for each other. He is also the Host of the Race To Speak Up Podcast and the #BehindTheScreen Anti-Cyberbullying Webinar. Devin is a Psychology major and Nonprofit Leadership minor at the University of Maryland.

Learn More about Race To Speak Up here.

Vernon Johnson, Ph.D. (he/him)

Director of Inclusion and Diversity at CIBC

Vernon Johnson is an accomplished and results-oriented professional with hands-on experience in diversity and inclusion, program coordination, organizational leadership, and community health. Vernon attended Southern Illinois University-Carbondale for his bachelors and master’s degree in healthcare management and public health. Vernon also has a certificate in diversity and inclusion from Cornell University. Dr. Johnson received his doctorate in organizational leadership at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He has a proven track record of excellence in improving flow of top talent into organizations, leading internal stakeholders to identify hiring needs and trends and managing projects and programs and enhancing brand identity and talent pipelines.