2016 Keynote Speakers

Neo L. SANDJA

neo-proofs-19Neo is the president and founder of FTM Fitness World, and the Conference Chairman. He’s currently working on publishing his first book “Right Mind, Wrong Body – The ultimate TRANS guide to be complete and live a fulfilled life.”

Neo has pursued martial arts (mainly Taekwondo) for over 10 years and has competed as a member of the American Taekwondo Association. His goal is to pursue Capoeira next.

As a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming practitioner through the Association for Integrative Psychology, Neo is also a life coach, a speaker and a spiritual leader whose life mission is to bring out the best in people and help them live to their full potentials. One of Neo’s favorite topic is emotional intelligence and how it is directly associated to one’s success and happiness.

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Blake ALFORD

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Blake Alford is the co founder and President of the Transgender Health and Education Alliance (THEA).  Through his personal stories, organizing educational conferences, and his untiring efforts to promote quality of life and access to transgender health care, Blake is integral to the southern transgender community.

He was a member of the Board of Directors and the Director of the scholarship program at Southern Comfort Conference (SCC) for almost 10  years.

Blake is dedicated to the physical and sexual health of transmen.  He was the Director of the Robert Eads Health Partnership Program (REHP) for SCC, and has continued that work in Atlanta with the development of THEA’s Robert Eads Atlanta Health Program (REAHP).

Throughout the year, Blake participates in speaking engagements at colleges and universities. In particular, he speaks to students at West Georgia University twice each year, answering all of the difficult questions with honesty and humor.

He is vetted through the Justice Department of the US government hate crimes division, and also helps train new recruits at the Atlanta Police Department.

Blake is a valued member of both the transgender community and also in his local community.

He has been riding with Georgia Patriot Guard since 2010

Blake was elected to the Board of Directors for Georgia Equality in 2013.

He was chosen for the Trans 100 list in 2013

He makes hospital and home visits for people in need, and volunteered for civic service in his local community as the Captain of his neighborhood watch.  He is also a member of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).