Our audience was diverse including nationally prominent philanthropists, university students, gender and women’s studies scholars, and a diverse cross-section of leaders from our local community.

Janine spoke to all of them with a presentation that told her story, helped us all feel the presence of her sister Amy, who lost her life to intimate partner violence, and provided guidance about warning signs related to unhealthy or dangerous relationships. She is not only a great speaker, but wise and sensitive about how to tackle difficult topics with her audience. Before she left town a few listeners had already reached out to her, and many more went home with a better understanding of the danger of silence and the importance of recognizing the signs of abuse. This was a talk that can save lives.

Lori DiPrete Brown 4W Women and Wellbeing Initiative UW-Madison