SK10 Speaker: Leighann Lord!

Hello Skepticon Lovers!

Please welcome Leighann Lord as our next speaker to the Skepticon 10 lineup!

Leighann Lord was the New York City face of the African Americans for Humanism outreach campaign sponsored by the Center for Inquiry and it’s Millions Living Happily Without Religion Campaign. Author Chris Johnson featured her in The Atheist Book: A Better Life. Leighann has been a co-host on the Emmy-nominated StarTalk with Neil de Grasse Tyson. Leighann is also a CFI certified Secular Celebrant; officiating at milestone life events commemorated with a nonreligious worldview. Most recently Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. named her one of the Northeast Region’s Significant Seven for her contribution in the field of entertainment. As a veteran stand-up comedian, Leighann has been seen on: Lifetime, VH-1, Comedy Central, HBO, and The View. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post and the author of Leighann Lord’s Dict Jokes: Alternate Definitions for Words You’ve Probably Never Heard of But Will Definitely Never Forget and Real Women Do It Standing Up: Stories From the Career of a Very Funny Lady. Follow her at VeryFunnyLady.com.

We’re so excited to have them join us for our tenth year and we hope you are, too!

Love,

Skepticon

P.S. — Please consider donating to Skepticon today and help us make this year amazing!

SK10 Speaker: Ross Blocher

Hello Skepticon Lovers!

Please welcome Ross Blocher as our next speaker to the Skepticon 10 lineup!

Ross Blocher emerged from a childhood filled with Bible memorization, literal Creationism, and many books about ghosts and aliens as an adult with a keen interest in belief and the paranormal. Along with his co-host Carrie Poppy, Ross investigates fringe science, spirituality and all manner of extraordinary claims first-hand (so you don’t have to) for the podcast “Oh No, Ross and Carrie!” He is also a decade-long member of the Independent Investigation Group, helping design and administer challenges to test extraordinary claims for a $100,000 prize. By day, Ross works in animation, one of his other primary loves.

We’re so excited to have them join us for our tenth year and we hope you are, too!

Love,

Skepticon

P.S. — Please consider donating to Skepticon today and help us make this year amazing!

SK10 Speaker: Laura Thomas!

Hello Skepticon Lovers!

Please welcome Laura Thomas (that’s right – SHE’S BACK!) as our very first speaker to the Skepticon 10 lineup!

Laura Thomas is the deputy state director of the Drug Policy Institute, California, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She oversees the Institute’s municipal drug strategy work in San Francisco and leads DPA’s California harm reduction and public health legislation. She has over 25 years of experience in HIV and public health policy, along with a strong commitment to community advocacy, thoughtful policy analysis and coalition building. She first became involved in AIDS activism with ACT UP in San Francisco. Before joining DPA, she was a consultant specializing in HIV policy and planning, with clients ranging from the California State Office of AIDS to the National Association of People with AIDS. She has also worked for Tenderloin Health, a nonprofit health and social service provider serving a predominantly homeless population in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
Thomas has been a syringe access volunteer for more than 18 years, and helped organize a successful 2007 symposium on safe injection facilities. She is proud to have received the AIDS Hero Award from the 2000 AIDS Candlelight Memorial. She serves on the HIV Prevention Planning Council and the San Francisco Cannabis State Legalization Task Force and is on the Steering Committee for the national HIV Prevention Justice Alliance.

We’re so excited to have them join us for our tenth year and we hope you are, too!

Love,

Skepticon

P.S. — Please consider donating to Skepticon today and help us make this year amazing!

Make it Rain on Skepticon: Give us $40?

Hey Skepticon lovers,

Each year, about 700 or so attendees enjoy Skepticon in the lush jungles of Springfield, MO at the Ramada Oasis Hotel & Convention Center. The Skepticon team did the math and we found something pretty cool: did you know that, if everyone who attended gave us about $40, we’d be able to completely fund ourselves? IT’S TRUE! 

If you can, consider donating to Skepticon today and helping us create this awesome, skeptical, and dino-fueled community.

Thank you for all of your support for the past 10 years!

Love,

Skepticon

Make it Rain on Skepticon: Share Us!

Hello Skepticontown,

Did you know that sharing is caring? BECAUSE IT IS!

Skepticon has grown as a community due to all of the wonderful people who are a part of it talking to their friends. If you enjoy Skepticon and want to help us spread the awesomeness, share us in any or all of these ways:

Share the Skepticon, share the love!

Hearts,

Skepticon

Make it Rain on Skepticon: Sponsor Us!

Helloooooo SKERPTERKERRRNNN,

Ever wanted to have your name in lights? Splashed across fancy brochures? Now’s your chance!

Become a sponsor for Skepticon 10 and make your wildest sponsoring dreams come true. Don’t like one of the options we have? Suggest a new one! Personally, we’ve been trying to get a bouncy castle for the longest time so if you want to sponsor that – you’ve basically become our new heroes!

Click here to learn more or send us an email – we’d love to hear from you!

Love,

Skepticon

Make it Rain on Skepticon: Dino Club

Hello Skepticonners!

Here at Skepticon we’re kicking off fundraising for our 10th (OMG TEN YEARS WHAT?!) con. All week we’re going to tell you a different way you can make it rain on Skepticon. Today, we wanna talk about Dino Club!

What’s Dino Club? So glad you asked!

Dino Club consists of Skepticon’s monthly/regular donors. Whether they give 1$ or $1000000 dollars a month, Dino Clubbers are consistently some of our favorite people. And because they’re our favorite child, er, donors, they get some awesome perks:

  • A semi-regular newsletter written by founder Lauren Lane (she’s witty! She’s fun! She’s sometimes #1!)
  • A super secret special gift during the event weekend! (Past gifts have included: a mug, a tiny dino wearing a cape, one-of-a-kind art prints, and wicked awesome sunglasses)
  • Bragging rights! (How many people get to say that they are in a DINO CLUB I MEAN COME ON)
  • Warm fuzzies (Your regularly donated dollars are going to creating a more skeptical world)

I know what you’re thinking: How the eff do I sign up for this Dino Club business RIGHT THE EFF NOW?! Click below on the tier of your choice:

  • $5/month: Cheaper than Netflix but definitely probably cooler!
  • $10/month: Think we’re worth more than a half calf double whip no room grande mochafrappelatte?
  • $25/month: Send over the cost of a movie ticket in one of those fancy theatres where there is a cushy seat that reclines and they feed you overpriced food.
  • $50/month: Take your favorite dino-theme nonprofit out for a nice steak dinner once a month, TREAT. YO. SELF.

Join the Dino Club and support Skepticon, today! We’d love to have you.

Hearts and kisses,

Skepticon

Help Skepticon with Legal Bills

Hey Skepticon lovers,

As some of you may be aware, Skepticon is still facing down a lawsuit. Raising money to host a free community event is hard, but having to do it while also facing down the burden of paying lawyers has made it even harder.

But we’re not giving up! If you are able, please donate to our legal fund, found here

As a reminder, money donated to our legal fund will only be used for that purpose. If you’d like to give the conference, you can do that here.

We appreciate it! Thanks for being such a great community.

Love,

Skepticon