Jeff Perera builds bridges between people of all genders having spoken to tens of thousands of people across North America about gender, masculinity, empathy-building, and men helping end gender-based violence. Whether in the boardroom, on campus, or the locker room, we need more examples of positive ways to be a man today. Jeff is a storyteller inspiring new models of possibility for men and young men, and healthier versus harmful ideas of manhood where we work, live, play, worship or study. He has delivered two TEDx talks: ‘Words Speak Louder Than Actions’ looking at the power of gendered words, and ‘The Ladder of Manhood’ which explores the male pursuit of identity and how too many men are fluent in a language of violence. In 2011, he curated the first TEDxWomen event in Toronto.
Jeff previously worked for the White Ribbon Campaign, the world’s largest grassroots effort to engage men in ending violence against women, and Next Gen Men, as well as founded and curated the What Makes A Man conference for four years, which featured actor Terry Crews in 2014.
From Rogers Media, Mackenzie Investments, Klick Canada, Vidyard, and Canada Post, to numerous other organizations and campuses, Jeff has delivered interactive talks for team leaders and groups of all genders, fields, creeds, and faiths within various organizations, conferences, and spaces. His work helps nurture brave spaces for real discussion: inspiring people to challenge our gendered ideas of success and failure and to be the lesson in action.
Jeff regularly contributes thought leadership through writing and appearances on podcasts and interviews exploring how limiting ideas of gender impact us all in everyday life.