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VirtualSx will explore how digital media + technology is affecting our views about sex and relationships, and will attempt to generate a sex-positive, neutral dialogue around questions such as:
• How has technology changed our attitudes about sex, intimacy and relationships? • What is cheating and have the definitions of infidelity changed? • What are the implications on youth and how they view healthy sexuality? • Are sexually addictive behaviors increasing and is sex addiction real?
[host] Elements Behavioral Health [format] breakfast; moderated panel discussion; audience Q&A; interactive Twitter Q&A [audience] [onsite] health, tech, lifestyle media and bloggers; sex education and health industry professionals (primarily Southern California based) [audience] [online] media, consumers, industry professionals from across the globe (live stream)
[moderator] david sack!
David Sack, MD currently serves as CEO, Promises Treatment Centers and Elements Behavioral Health. After receiving his medical degree from Rush Medical College, he completed his residency in Psychiatry at the UCLANeuropsychiatric Institute. He served as a senior clinical scientist at NIMH where his research interests included affective disorders, seasonal and circadian rhythms and neuroendocrinology. As Senior Vice President for Clinical Research for Comprehensive Neurosciences his research included investigations in alcohol dependency, opiate detoxification, schizophrenia, depression, insomnia, and cognitive disorders. Dr. Sack is board certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. In addition to his academic interests, Dr. Sack has designed programs for ambulatory detoxification within general medical settings, substance abuse treatment of adjudicated youth and adults, and developing specialized treatment programs for dually-diagnosed clients.
[panelist] robert weiss!
Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S, is Founder of The Sexual Recovery Institute, Los Angeles and Director of Sexual Disorders Services at The Ranch Treatment Center in Nunnelly, Tennessee. A UCLA MSW graduate, Mr. Weiss received extensive post-graduate sexual disorder’s training with addiction author and clinical leader, Dr. Patrick Carnes. Mr. Weiss is author of several books on sexual addiction and intimacy disorders. Mr. Weiss also provides professional training and program development for the US military and multi-addiction treatment centers around the United States, Europe and Asia. Recent media appearances include ESPN, The Today Show, Oprah Winfrey, Larry King Live and Dateline NBC. In a field with few genuine experts, Mr. Weiss is a specialized, knowledgeable and recognizable provider in the field of intimacy, addiction and sexual disorders.
[panelist] noel biderman!
!!!!!!!!Noel Biderman was appointed President of Avid Life Media Inc. in
2007. Before joining the Avid team, Noel was the Chief Operating Officer of the Magnolia Stone Corporation, the former operators of AshleyMadison.com. When AshleyMadison.com was sold to Avid Life Media, Biderman followed the brand and became President of the new parent company. Under his leadership, AshleyMadison.com has become the fastest growing married dating website in the world – realizing over 300% growth since his insertion as company President. In recognition of his contributions to the company’s tremendous success to date, he was appointed President & CEO in mid-2010.
Prior to entering the world of online infidelity, Noel Biderman worked as a sports attorney with Interperformances Inc., one of Europe and North America’s largest sports management firms. There, he managed 45 athletes around the globe while acting as the Managing Director of the company’s Canadian operations. As the face of AshleyMadison.com, Noel has often been referred to as “The King of Infidelity.” He even published a book called Cheaters Prosper: How Infidelity Will Save The Modern Marriage. In truth, he is a family man who is happily married with two children. Noel holds a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.
[panelist] val brennan!
Val Brennan is the co-founder of dating site, Three Day Rule, an online city guide designed to help women step away from their computers, and meet men in the real world.! The site features an interactive quiz that generates a nightlife itinerary based on a woman’s guy “type.”! ! It also features dating advice, a curated list of weekly hot spots, and a monthly, singles event attended by over 200 single, successful professionals.!A former corporate attorney and motivational speaker, Val turned her coaching abilities for corporate clients onto the dating scene.! She advises ThreeDayRule clients how to find a mate and communicate in our tech-overloaded culture.! She also writes love advice for the site.!ThreeDayRule is expanding its online platform to other cities, and has enjoyed notoriety on ABC news, Mashable, 944 Magazine – just to name a few.
[panelist] amber smith!
!!!!!!!!An internationally recognized supermodel and actress for years,
today Amber Smith is perhaps even more recognizable as one of the top reality TV stars in America. She has starred in the VH-1 TV series “Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew,” which aired during November and December 2009. While publicizing this new program, Amber finally achieved her “Big O”—“Oprah” that is! Amber and Dr. Drew appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” to discuss the symptoms and ramifications of love addiction (Amber is a selfacknowledged love addict).
Previously voted “One of the Sexiest Women in the World” by Maxim Magazine, Amber Smith has graced the covers of over 300 magazines worldwide, including Playboy, Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire and Maxim, with her initial fame concurrent with her appearances in two Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues.
[panelist] nicholas tana!
Nicholas Tana is the writer and director of “Sticky”, a documentary exploring everything your mother was too embarrassed to tell you about masturbation in one stimulating documentary. Full of candid interviews from sex therapists, religious figures, and psychologists to celebrated figures such as former Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders, comedian Janeane Garofalo, and, among others, “Hustler” creator, Larry Flynt. The documentary answers age-old questions; "Will it make me go blind?"; "Is it “normal”?"; and, "Why are we so afraid to be caught in the act?” He is a published author and an award-winning playwright. He served as a Production Assistant for KAET Channel 8 in Tempe, Arizona while attending Arizona State University. !Nicholas graduated with Honors earning a B.A. in English and a double minor in Business and Spanish. Upon graduation, he served as Associate Director for ESPN before starting his own production company, Smart Media L.L.C., for which he has written, produced, and directed numerous commercials.
[panelist] nina hartley!
!!!!!!!!Nina Hartley’s twenty-six year career in adult entertainment, as a
performer, director, writer, educator, public speaker, and feminist thinker, has been fueled by her rock-solid belief in the importance of sexual autonomy for all people. She believes that sexual freedom is a fundamental human right and welcomes the new social media opportunities for spreading her message to the widest number of people.
She’s the author of, “Nina Hartley’s Guide to Total Sex,” from Avery Press. With her husband, I.S. Levine, she’s produced a million-selling sex-ed video series collectively known as “The Nina Hartley Guides,” from Adam & Eve, currently in its 38th episode.
[panelist] dan uliel!
Dan Uliel is the Founder and President of RemoteWebGuard, a Web-based self-help service that assists people suffering from online addictions such as sex, gambling and shopping. Uliel started the company in 2008 after a close friend approached him, asking if there was any way to regulate his online sex addiction using available technologies. In response, Uliel, a technical wiz, created RemoteWebGuard, a professional service that works with addicts and their therapists to help them avoid destructive online behavior and get their lives back on track. An Australian native, Uliel’s career has spanned from technologybased careers in Information Technology & Consultancy to acting roles in film and television. !Uliel is currently based in Los Angeles, CA.
[panelist] jennifer kelton!
!!!!!!!!!Jennifer Kelton is founder and CEO of BadOnlineDates.com, creator of the BadOnlineDates/BadDates iPhone/iPad app, and creator, director and producer of the 2 year old Bad Date TV webisode series. She is an entrepreneur, social media/ internet video innovator and dating expert that helps people navigate the tragicomedy of online dating while connecting for support and comic relief. Using flexible, interactive and ever-evolving technologies and original storytelling and entertainment she developed herself, this "IT girl" is changing the way singles communicate and connect while keeping an open conversation about etiquette and dating courtesies that seem to be disappearing in today's stressed-out and self-centered culture. !
[Sponsors/Partners] Rebekah Iliff Co-founder & CEO talkTECH Communications Rebekah@talkTECHcomm.com 310-770-8338 [Media] Kristen Tischhauser Co-founder & President talkTECH Communications Kristen@talkTECHcomm.com 310-994-6441
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