The Ninth Annual Conference theme, The Courage to Act: Working Together to End Bullying, speaks directly to the Board’s hope and outcome for our conference. We gather to be strengthened with new knowledge, research and practices which will inspire, invigorate, challenge and renew our collective courage to act collaboratively to stop bullying. We will hear from outstanding leaders from across the world that will provide research, strategies and solutions for schools and communities in bullying prevention and intervention. A focus of this year’s conference will include the importance of adult, youth partnerships which are critical to our collective efforts. The Board of IBPA is thrilled to have outstanding keynotes presented by Academy Award–winning documentary filmmaker and co‐creator of GroundSpark’s Respect for All Project, Debra Chasnoff, as well as noted authors Stan Davis, Schools Where Everyone Belongs and Empowering Bystanders in Bullying Prevention, and Charisse Nixon, PhD coauthor of Girl Wars: 12 Strategies That Will End Female Bullying. Stan and Charisse are also the cofounders of the Youth Voice Project.Because the mission of the International Bullying Prevention Association is to support and enhance quality research based bullying prevention principles and best practices, we are privileged to have a host of extremely talented workshop presenters that will address a wide variety of topics including cyber bullying, research, prevention and intervention strategies, as well as bullying within special populations. We are excited this year that IBPA will have a specific focus on issues of bullying, hazing and harassment in higher education and athletics. Truly, this year’s conference is reflective of the Board’s belief that we must all courageously work together to address bullying in all its forms and environments.