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March 16-18, 2023

The Bangkok Conference will feature workshops from keynote speaker Dr. Emily Meadows, as well as approximately 25 other workshops from professional counselors and experts in our field that build your allyship and connection to deepen relationships, allowing others to feel safe, supported and heard. This in-person event will take place over the course of two and half days!

Exclusive Pre-conference, deep-dive sessions, are also available. Read more below.

Keynote Speaker: Emily Meadows, Ph.D

Dr. Emily Meadows (she/her) is an LGBTQ+ consultant and published author specializing in LGBTQ+ equity and belonging for international schools. Emily provides educational trainings, personalized consultation, and policy reviews relevant to LGBTQ+ matters in education. Emily cultivates an environment that is non-judgmental and engaging for her clients, while taking an intersectional approach that addresses both the why and the how of safety and inclusion so that educators become confident and competent supporting LGBTQ+ students. Emily works with her clients both in person and across virtual platforms.

In addition to her doctoral degree, Emily holds master’s degrees in both Sexual Health and Counseling, and has worked as an international school counselor for over a decade. She researches, publishes, and trains school communities on equitable policy and practice, while also teaching for the LGBT Health Policy & Practice graduate program at George Washington University.

Emily is a Council of International Schools (CIS) affiliated consultant and has developed inclusion standards, referenda, and trainings for professional organizations such as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), The Fulbright Commission, the Association for International Educators and Leaders of Color (AIELOC), the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE), the International School Counselor Association (ISCA), and the American Psychological Association (APA). Having spent more than half of her life in international schools, Emily specializes in culturally-relevant solutions to promote equity and inclusion worldwide.

Exclusive Workshop Series by Dr. Meadows: "You Belong Here"

In addition to her Keynote presentations, Emily will be offering 4 workshops at the Bangkok Conference addressing: 

  • Challenging Bias Through Safer Conversations & Representation
  • Extending Non-Discrimination from School to the Home
  • Equity and Belonging are Key to Child Safeguarding

Pre-Conference Workshops

Daring greatly to build wellness and belonging in our schools

March 15 & 16, 2023 @ 8:00am- 2:30pm

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This pre-conference is about Building Belonging Through Courage, Connection, Compassion and Vulnerability. Participants will explore how they can develop this work in their personal and professional lives through growth and understanding about vulnerability and courage building. Using Brené Brown's research participants will use her book and workbook Daring Greatly to become counselor leaders in their schools where they can continue to create an environment of belonging for all stakeholders.  Lessons from the Daring Greatly book and workbook will also be transferable to content that you may share with students, parents, and teachers and that relate to the new ISCA standards. This work is both a personal and professional deep dive so come prepared to work in large groups, small groups, and be creative and vulnerable as you Dare Greatly!

Our time together will be focused on building knowledge, skills and understanding around:

  • Vulnerability and courage

  • Self-compassion and self-care

  • Values clarification and resiliency

  • Trust building and empathy

  • Shame and perfectionism

  • Wanted and unwanted identities

  • Creativity and authenticity

Read more about this pre-conference here!

Facilitator: Chrystal Kelly

Chrystal Kelly is a passionately committed educator who has been advocating for students, staff and families through counseling, teaching, coaching, and mentoring for the past twenty years.  She worked in universities with international students early in her career and was a High School Counselor in Colorado for ten years before joining the international school counseling.  She currently works in the beautiful country of Oman.  She is dedicated to helping people and her areas of focus are wellness, grief and loss, safeguarding children, crisis prevention, and transition.  She also enjoys leadership and is a Student Protection, Crisis and Wellness Team Advocate, Muscat School Counselor Group Coordinator, International School Counselor Association Task Force Committee Leader, TCNJ Internship Supervisor and PREPaRE School Safety and Crisis Preparedness Curriculum Trainer.  Chrystal became a Certified Daring Way Facilitator (CDWF) in 2020 and is committed to sharing Brené Brown’s work with the world.



School Counseling Leadership

March 16, 2023 @ 8:00am- 2:30pm 





School counselors are critical leaders in international schools and they are instrumental to meeting schoolwide goals. Beyond the work that they engage in with students, counselors collaborate with the school-wide leadership team, facilitate meetings with teachers, design parent education sessions and present to a wide-reaching audience.  The skills needed for these aspects of the counselor role are often not included in counselor preparation programs. Considering this, along with the fact that international schools are busy places with frequent changes and new initiatives, counselors want to feel prepared with the leadership skills they need in order to create systemic change in their schools.


This pre-conference will focus on building knowledge, skills and understanding around:

  • Change Theory and Leadership

  • Decision-Making Processes 

  • Designing and Facilitating Effective and Collaborative Meetings



Read more about this pre-conference here! 

Facilitator: Kristine Tesoriero Mizzone 


Kristine Tesoriero Mizzone (M.Ed: Educational Leadership; Curriculum and Instruction) is an educational consultant who supports schools as they move from theory to practice by offering personalized consulting services in the areas of: instructional leadership, instructional coaching, action planning, collaboration and team-building processes, professional learning, and leadership skill-building.  Additionally, Kristine works with aspiring school leaders as an adjunct professor for The College of New Jersey and for ISCA as a professional learning director.





Bangkok Conference schedule


The complete Conference schedule will be available in November 2022. 



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