Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby will be the keynote speaker Friday at a summit hosted by Northern Iowa where he served as athletic director for seven years. Bowlsby will be speaking and will be a panelist for the program “The Y Factor: Men Leading by Example.”
During Bowlsby’s tenure as athletic director at the University of Iowa, he was involved with an initiative that focused on men stepping up to prevent violence against women. The led to the development of the Mentors in Violence Protection (MVP) program in the state of Iowa. While athletic director at Stanford, Bowlsby helped institute the MVP program there.
Friday’s summit is billed as a “first-of-its-kind” event that brings together various leaders to further the cause of reducing gender-based violence on campus and elsewhere.
As the keynote speaker, Bowlsby will articulate “the importance of men and boys stepping up and taking leadership roles in preventing bully and gender violence, underscoring the potential of sports as an arena to promote gender justice as well as athletic excellence.”
Bowlsby, in addition to his keynote address, is scheduled to participate in a one-on-one conversation - “Teachable Moments and Opportunities for Men to Lead By Example” - with Brian O’Connor of Futures Without Violence. The Big 12 commissioner is also scheduled to be part of a panel discussion entitled “Intersections: Policy, Leadership and Campus Culture.”