Like many women in the world, my life has been touched by domestic violence. It takes an enormous amount of energy and strength to recognize a bad situation and move to a path of healing and growth. It is painful and it is hard, but it’s possible.
Having a rewarding career is a great experience, even more so when you’ve overcome great adversity. Having a partner by your side to guide you through some of the challenges can make the process easier. I teach future leaders how to own their power. It’s what I love to do.
This year, we will be contributing a portion of the profits from our training, coaching and mentoring programs to Connections for Abused Women and Their Children (CAWC), a non-profit organization dedicated to awareness and prevention of domestic abuse.
CAWC is committed to ending domestic violence. Using an empowerment and self-help approach, they provide shelter for women and children, as well as counseling, advocacy, and a 24-hour hotline for people affected by domestic violence. They work for social change through education, service collaboration and institutional advocacy.
Last year, CAWC assisted 855 victims of domestic violence and provided 185 children with counseling and advocacy in Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods. To learn more about CAWC, visit their website at www.cawc.org.