Code of conduct

We want your Button experience to be amazing. To keep things safe, inclusive, and fun, here are our expectations for all attendees, speakers, sponsors, and staff.

Button is governed by a code of conduct.

We take this policy seriously, and we want you to know that if anything ever happens, we’ve got your back.

Who produces Button?

Button is produced by Brain Traffic, makers of Confab. Our Director of Events is Tenessa Gemelke. Our CEO is Kristina Halvorson.

Who does this policy cover?

Everyone: All conference staff, volunteers, speakers, attendees, sponsors, and vendors are protected by and expected to follow this policy.

What is harassment?

We consider harassment to be unacceptable behavior toward others, including:

  • Offensive verbal, written, or other comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion

  • Sexual images shared in any manner

  • Deliberate intimidation

  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events

  • Inappropriate or unwelcome sexual attention

  • Sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or anything else that creates a sexualized environment

We will not tolerate harassment of or by Button participants in any conference virtual platforms and Button-related online social events. People asked to stop any of these or other harassing behaviors are expected to stop immediately. No excuses.

What should I do if I’m being harassed?

Talk to a conference volunteer or staff person right away. The fastest way to reach us is to call or text 612-877-1219. You’ll also be able to find someone by messaging us in the conference Slack workspace (@TeamButton). You can always ask for Tenessa Gemelke or Sean Tubridy (our full-time conference staff members), or you can contact if you prefer not to report the incident in person.

If you feel an immediate danger to your personal safety, we also encourage you to contact local law enforcement as needed.

How will Button respond to harassment?

We’ll work with both parties in good faith to ensure that harassment stops immediately, and we’ll do whatever we can to be sure you feel safe for the duration of the conference.

Here are some of the actions the Button staff may deem appropriate:

  • A warning to the offender not to repeat the harassing behavior

  • Expulsion from the virtual conference without a refund

  • Blocking individuals from online platforms
  • Reporting the incident to law enforcement

  • Banning participation at future Button/Confab Events

If the situation isn’t resolved at the time, or if you need to follow up about anything at all, please call the Button/Brain Traffic office at 612-331-6600. (Please note that this number is only staffed during regular business hours and is not ideal for emergencies.) For urgent communication, contact our director, Tenessa Gemelke, at 612-877-1219.

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