Schuyler Bailar is the first openly transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division I men’s team. By 15, he was one of the nation’s top 20 15-year-old breast strokers. By 17, he and his relay team set a national age group record. Now he swims for Harvard University. Schuyler’s difficult choice – to transition while potentially giving up the prospect of being an NCAA Champion – was historic and timely. His story has appeared everywhere from The Washington Post to 60 Minutes and The Ellen Show.

MTV cited his story in their list of “2015’s Best Moments for the Trans Community” and Buzzfeed named him one of the “11 Transgender people who are shifting our views.”

SMYAL awarded him their 2016 Community Advocacy Award and his 60 Minutes profile was nominated for the 28th Annual GLAAD Awards.

Schuyler is an engaging, energetic and uplifting speaker. He is comfortable in large and small settings and is experienced with a range of event formats.

Schuyler on your campus

Schuyler loves to talk to students, educators, and parents. School visits are the centerpiece of his advocacy, but he is also an excellent motivational speaker at businesses and non-profit organizations.

 Schuyler is an amazing young man who’s had a remarkable journey and shares his perspective and insight in a beautiful and non-confrontational way. – State Street Bank

Schuyler’s speaking experience spans elementary school classrooms to high school and college auditoriums of nearly 1000. He’s spoken at nonprofits, corporations, and governments, including such hallmarks as USA Swimming, the NCAA, and the Massachusetts Senate. His talk has even been offered as continuing education by one national non-profit. 

The Sensational Schuyler Bailar – Ellen Degeneres

Schuyler’s story focuses on the universal challenges of trying to “fit-in” in our media-rich world with integrity and authenticity. He explains his struggles and why he ultimately chose to put many potential accolades at risk to be true to himself. Because he has lived his life from many perspectives – woman, Korean American, mixed-race, gay, trans, “Harvard white guy” – his story resonates with young and old, from all walks of life. 

The highlight of Schuyler’s visits are the Q&A sessions when he answers any and all questions in a comfortable, inviting style that creates a learning conversation for all.

School events

A typical school visit includes some combination of:

  • Meeting with School and/or Diversity leadership
  • School-wide/Grade-wide assemblies
  • One-on-One individual sessions as requested
  • Parent session – often a multi-school evening



Corporate and Non-profit events

A typical event might include:

  • Meeting with Diversity and Inclusion leadership
  • An open-invitation town hall – often telecast globally
  • One-on-One individual sessions as requested

Athletic teams

Schuyler has a unique connection with student/athletes. He speaks to topics ranging from body image, eating disorders, LGBTQ inclusion and the exhilaration and challenges of breaking national records and competing at the NCAA D1 level. 


Schuyler has also spoken and moderated on many panels discussing diversity, inclusion, LGBTQ issues, legislative actions, bathrooms, athlete inclusion, etc. He is an excellent addition if you are assembling such an event.

Schuyler was an ideal discussion participant—flexible, open to our suggestions, and generous to both the moderator and the audience in terms of his reflections – American Repertory Theater


Schuyler’s calendar is most flexible from March through October.

If you are interested in Schuyler coming to your organization contact us here.