Geeks to Watch Out for is our series on cool geeks making a difference in the world. In this post, we’re talking to Janae Phillips from the Granger Leadership Academy, a part of the Harry Potter Alliance.
Yeah! The Harry Potter Alliance was founded October 10th, 2005 (we’re going to Hogwarts this year!) and we turn fans into heroes. By drawing parallels between beloved stories and real world issues, we empower fans to change the world for the better; it’s a method we call “fan activism.” We have thousands of members and over 200 chapters around the world – literally, we’re in 35 countries. The Granger Leadership Academy is a leadership and activism conference for fan activists, whether they’ve been involved for years or are just starting to get involved, and 2017 marks its third year.
What is your favorite part of GLA? What would you tell someone you just met about why they should attend?
When did you first realize you might be a geek?
What are you most looking forward to about this year’s GLA?
What tips would you have for someone who is attending GLA for the first time?
How have you implemented what you’ve learned at GLA?
Author: Carolyn Noe
Carolyn is the Founder & Executive Director of Super Heroines, Etc. She is a recent transplant to Cincinnati and lives with her husband and her dog. She regularly nerds out about Parks & Rec, Firefly, and Pride & Prejudice.