IBOSP Conference Schedule

Friday, October 6, 2023 | 9am – 5pm EST

Saturday October 7, 2023 | 9am – 12:30pm EST

Misty Eyez Alicea, EMBA, CSSGB

Becoming an ALLY:  How to Support the Marginalized 

Friday, October 6, 2023 | 3:30pm – 4:30 pm EST


In today’s diverse and interconnected world, the need for allyship has never been greater. Becoming an ally is about more than just expressing support—it’s about actively engaging, advocating, and uplifting marginalized communities. This workshop is designed to equip participants with the knowledge, tools, and strategies to become effective allies and create meaningful change. 

During the session, we will explore the importance of empathy, the impact of privilege, and the dynamics of power that shape the experiences of marginalized individuals. Through interactive discussions and engaging activities, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the barriers faced by marginalized communities and learn practical ways to dismantle those barriers through allyship. Attendees will leave this workshop equipped with actionable steps, and a renewed commitment to supporting marginalized communities. Whether you are new to allyship or seeking to enhance your existing knowledge, this session promises to provide a thought-provoking and transformative experience that will empower you to become an active ally in promoting inclusivity and justice. 

Join us in this essential workshop and unlock the power of allyship to make a lasting impact in the lives of marginalized individuals and create a more equitable future for all. 

Key topics to be covered include: 

1. Understanding the concept of allyship and its significance in supporting marginalized groups. 

2. Exploring the intersections of identities and the interconnectedness of various forms of marginalization. 

3. Identifying personal biases and learning strategies to overcome them. 

4. Developing cultural competency and actively engaging in self-education. 

5. Fostering inclusive environments and creating safe spaces for marginalized individuals. 

6. Implementing effective allyship practices through advocacy, amplification, and support. 


Discover how to move beyond mere words and take tangible actions as an ally. Gain practical tools and insights to make a difference in the lives of marginalized communities. This workshop promises an engaging and transformative experience that will empower you to become an effective advocate for inclusivity and justice. Don’t miss this opportunity to become an ALLY and create positive change. 

Learning Objectives: 

· Explain the concept of resilience and why it is crucial in today’s world. 

· Discuss how to identify and manage stress and anxiety. 

· Develop practical coping mechanisms for dealing with setbacks and challenges. 

· Discuss the power of a growth mindset and learn how to shift your perspective to view challenges as opportunities for growth and development. 

· Explain how to cultivate a strong support network to help you through tough times. 


· Understanding the difference between passive support and active engagement in allyship 

· Recognizing the importance of cultural competency in effective allyship 

· Strategies for actively listening, amplifying marginalized voices, and educating oneself about different cultures and experiences 

· The importance of ongoing commitment and consistent effort in allyship 

· Inspiration to continue the allyship journey and make a positive impact in their communities 

· Knowing how to challenge biases, stereotypes, and discriminatory practices 

· Understanding the role of privilege and how to leverage it in support of marginalized communities 

· Empathy and understanding towards the experiences and struggles of marginalized individuals and communities 

· Increased self-awareness of personal biases and areas for growth as an ally 

· A sense of empowerment and agency to be a catalyst for positive change in society. 


Presenter Bio: Misty Eyez Alicea, EMBA, CSSGB

Misty Eyez stands as a beacon of transgender trailblazing, an eminent thought leader, and an impactful keynote speaker catalyzing transformative change. With an unapologetic dedication to social activism and mind-expanding narratives, Misty possesses a unique talent for gently pushing attendees beyond their comfort zones. Through her words that resonate with inspiration, she empowers individuals to embrace their authentic selves and champions workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Attendees emerge from Misty’s talks not only enlightened but also with a sense of upliftment, devoid of judgment or condescension. Her remarkable ability lies in opening minds and hearts, fostering compassion, and effecting change in the most compelling manner. Join Misty in her crusade for equality and a brighter future as she guides organizations in identifying and confronting biases and systemic issues. 


Misty Eyez has emerged as a distinguished and multi-talented personality, celebrated for her prowess in entertainment, emceeing, keynote speaking, education initiatives, and advocacy endeavors. Her outstanding achievements have been prominently featured in renowned media platforms, including the esteemed New York Times. Currently, she takes a prominent role in promotional endeavors and videos for The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, actively showcasing Fort Lauderdale as an inviting and all-embracing destination. 


Embarking on a transformative journey, Misty’s evolution as a passionate advocate for self-improvement and community welfare led her to shift her focus from entertainment to social services. This pivotal transition was driven by her resolute commitment to amplifying the voices of marginalized individuals and expanding her own horizons through education. Her entry into SunServe in 2015 marked a significant turning point as she played a pivotal role in conceptualizing and launching the LGBTQ Diversity Equity and Inclusion Proficiency Training Program. Simultaneously, she assumed the role of a case manager for transgender clients, effectively bridging connections to critical resources including biomedical prevention, mental health counseling, and essential services. This unwavering dedication propelled her ascent to directorship over three crucial departments: Education and Training, Transgender Services, and Women’s Services.  


Adding to her already impressive journey, in 2019, she took a decisive step by redirecting her attention from entertaining to re-entering the world of higher education. Her dedication to this pursuit remained steadfast. Following the completion of her MBA at Florida Atlantic University, she chose to deepen her expertise and insights by enrolling in the executive master’s in healthcare administration program.  She is expected to graduate with her EMHA in May 2024.  This academic endeavor exemplifies her unyielding commitment to perpetual growth and an unwavering pursuit of excellence. 


Misty’s presence in the entertainment sphere has been an enduring force in South Florida since she set roots in 2001. Renowned as a compelling emcee, she has graced South Florida’s most distinguished occasions including the Stonewall Street Festival and Pride Parade from 2005 to 2019, as well as the recurring Wicked Manors Block Party since its inception in 2007. Misty’s on-stage persona radiates both glamour and allure, captivating audiences with her dynamic charm. A versatile talent, she excels in domains such as artistry, modeling, journalism, hosting, and mentorship, while standing as a trusted friend and role model within the South Florida community. Her impact reverberates not only through significant community events but also in her sought-after presence as an entertainer. Misty Eyez continues to be a captivating presence at pivotal gatherings, including appearances at momentous events and engagements for Drag Queen Story Times and private functions. 


In summation, Misty Eyez Alicea embodies a multifaceted persona, her journey marked by evolution from entertainment to education and advocacy. Her unswerving dedication to fostering inclusivity and championing the marginalized LGBTQIA+ community underscores her commitment to crafting a future characterized by increased equality and opportunities. 

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