Our culture is desperate for health and healing in our relationships. Unfortunately, most of us were not taught how to properly build and navigate them; thus we are lost on how to connect, communicate and resolve conflicts.
With a combined effort of over 35 years of service and thousands served, our speakers have had the honor and privilege of educating men and women about the dangers of abuse worldwide. Our members were exclusively selected to serve on our Speakers Bureau because of their commanding presence, quality performance, and high demand from educational institutions throughout the country. Break the Silence against Domestic Violence gives you access to the industries top speakers!
Kristen Faith, Millenial Visionary & Storyteller
Passionate, courageous, transformative, resilient, and creative are a few words, others use, to describe Kristen Faith. She speaks nationally to empower others to live a life of passion and self-love by sharing her story of overcoming domestic violence.
After escaping an abusive relationship, Kristen utilized Facebook to break her silence by sharing her restraining order online. This monumental leap of faith led her to creating one of the most recognized domestic violence nonprofits in the nation by the age of 22.
On a mission to transform the lives of families nationwide, Kristen openly speaks from personal experiences about the devastating impact abuse has on children as well as the power of vulnerability, finding love after DV, and the reality of when abusers continue the cycle.
Kristen is a millennial visionary with stories to inspire the world. Her colorful personality and philanthropic efforts have been recognized on HuffPost, Glamour, People, MIC, Bustle, and NowThis to name a few.
“If we can come together and collectively break our silence, it will inspire a chain of events that can ultimately end domestic violence.” – Kristen Faith
Gwendolen Wilder, Certified Business Strategist, Veteran and Author
Ms. Gwendolen Wilder is a Certified Business Strategist, Consultant, honorably Retired United States Air Force (USAF) Veteran (21 Yrs) and the Published Author of, “It’s OK to Tell My Story, Surviving Common Law Domestic Violence”which discusses the relationship between childhood abandonment, domestic violence, sexual assault and workplace violence. The book offers definitions, actions plans, checklists and a wealth of valuable resources. Gwendolen is also the Co-Author with the National Workplace Bullying Coalition on the bookk, “Stand Up, Speak Out Against Workplace Bullying, Your Guide to Survival and Victory Through 23 Real Life Testimonies.”That book includes true stories about extraordinary experiences with workplace bullying and how bullying targets navigated through it and ultimately overcame it. The books goal is to help other bullying targets discover tools and principles they can use in their own life. Gwendolen bridges the gap between abuse and business by providing signature coaching in abuse, self awareness and entrepreneurship.
Terry Josiah, Veteran & Former Abuser
Father, Combat Veteran, Philanthropist, and former abuser, TerryJosiah was introduced to Break the Silence against Domestic Violence in 2012 where he kick-started his journey for advocating against abuse.
He is currently one of the most sought after domestic violence educators in the country, sharing his story of overcoming abuse and being an abuser. TerryJosiah uses past relationships and behaviors to educate on warning signs of abusive traits and encourages men to join the movement.
As a professional songwriter, TerryJosiah has produced inspirational content for over a decade and his songs have impacted hundred of thousands of lives internationally. He is widely recognized for the impactful songs Angels Will Soar & The Gratitude Anthem.
“Music is an integral part of my life and it’s necessary to understand its effect on our subconscious. It has the power to unite different people from various backgrounds, all at once.” – TerryJosiah
Audrey Mabrey, Inspirational Leader, Adversity Expert, and Empowerment Coach
Audrey Mabrey is a survivor of many adversities and an advocate against domestic violence.
She is the Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of the self development company Ignite the Fires Within. She travels globally sharing her personal story of how she recovered from being set on fire by her estranged husband with the purpose of educating audiences about the burning superpower we all have within.
Some of her previous work includes appearing on Dr. Phil, Anderson Cooper, 48 Hours, I Survived, Who the Bleep did Marry, Kiss of Death, Inside Edition, The Doctors, and Maury Povich as an advocate, survivor, and woman of inspiration.
Some of her awards include the Community Hero award from the National Hockey League team,Tampa Bay Lightning, the John E. Stross Victory over Violence award, a Commendation from the County Commissioners of Hillsborough County Florida, the ABC Action News Bravery award and the Break the Silence against Domestic Violence President Emeritus award. Watch Audrey.
Audrey believes in order to affect change we must first BE the change.
Tammy Willett, Former Substance Abuser and Grieving Mom
Tammy Willett is a survivor of life. Overcoming drug addiction, numerous suicide attempts, and a criminal record due to the tragic loss of her 22-year old daughter – Tammy became a fighter with a message. “Mama Tammy” as thousands worldwide call her has become a beacon of hope for families grieving with the loss of a child or loved one due to domestic violence. Tammy also is a survivor of abuse and is using her testimony to be a voice for those struggling with life, existence, and fitting in. She has been featured on numerous Texas media outlets and has been featured in Chat magazine in the United Kingdom. Her message has grown from a small town in La Grange, Texas to the hearts of thousands worldwide.
Doris Rivera-Black, Former Police Officer & Chaplain
Doris Rivera-Black is an award winning activist and survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence who has chosen to take her tragic experience to help others. Doris has ten years of prior law enforcement experience from serving in a jail, patrol, parole and instructing at a law enforcement training academy.
After her experiences, she made it her personal mission to help educate the community on the issues of SA & DV, help advocate for victims and bring hope and healing to others. Her journey on speaking on these issues began when she appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to share her story in 2007. Doris has since founded NEVER a Victim, a program where women are taught situational awareness, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault awareness and avoidance paired with simple self-defense techniques and has co-founded All Hope Restored, a faith-based domestic violence support group. She has also been passionately involved with TESSA of Colorado Springs, serving in their auxiliary & speaker’s bureau and the Colorado Coalition against Sexual Assault’s Survivor Task Force in an effort to be a voice for victims and help eliminate violence against women, and Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence, a national organization that provides education on domestic violence issues. Doris is also a National Victim/Survivor Impact Consultant with the Dept. of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.
Doris is an avid public speaker who, because her impactful story of being an overcomer, has been often sought out by numerous media outlets such as Focus on the Family Radio Broadcast, and several organizations to include non-profits, for-profits and faith-based communities. Doris is the author of, Clothed in Strength, where she shares her story of experiences and how she overcame.
Tara Loo, Domestic Violence Advocate
Tara made it her life’s purpose to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault after she almost lost her life by the hands of her boyfriend. Tara’s abuser was a “best-friend” from high school, one that she reconnected with fourteen years after graduating. Within six short months after beginning their relationship, he brutally attacked her – nearly taking her life. Unbeknownst to her, Tara soon learned that he had a long history of abusive behavior, going back to when they were in high school together. After learning this it became especially important to her to stop abuse at an early age and made it a mission to speak to teenagers about the dangers of teen dating violence, and sexual assault and how to recognize the signs of abuse, as well as the importance of healthy boundaries and relationships. She has spoken at high schools and colleges throughout Colorado, has led group victim advocacy trainings, presented at multiple domestic violence conferences, and facilitated adult and teen psycho-educational domestic violence empowerment groups. Tara has been a guest on the Dr. Phil show, has been featured numerous times on multiple news channels about her experience with domestic violence and sexual assault, and has had articles written about her experience in local newspapers, The Gazette and The Independent. She was employed as a confidential victim’s advocate with TESSA, and continues to work closely with them as a community advocate and Chair of a Survivors Advisory Panel. Tara’s story is featured in a coffee table book titled “Survivor’s Celebrating Life Beyond Domestic Violence.” Tara is very active with the organization Break the Silence against Domestic Violence, the National voice of domestic violence. She is co-chair for the fundraising committee and serves on the Board of Directors. Tara’s passion for speaking out and putting an end to domestic violence has been passed on to her two teenagers daughters who often advocate with her to help raise awareness and to put an end to domestic violence.
Devine Kelly, Spoken Word Artist & Educator
Devine Kelly is a lover of life. A positive, down to earth soul who keeps it real. After starting her healing journey, Devine broke her silence to the world and decided that this was going to be apart of her life purpose, to help individual’s alike. She found that studying domestic violence was not only a passion of hers but a way to wrap her brain around the abuse. She dedicated her senior year in college to advocating, raising awareness, thinking of programs for young girls, and studying DV. She actively advocates and speaks on campus to be a voice for those who have been silenced.
Giana Waller, Resource Coach and Educator
Giana Waller is a survivor of domestic violence who shares her testimony of tragically losing her mother while away at UNLV. Her bright light and healing spirit inspire audiences to take a deeper look within themselves to not only survive, but to thrive. She places much emphasis on the importance of feeling connected to others within the community. This provides members with a support system, education, and resources. Domestic violence is a dangerous epidemic infiltrating our society, and the way to combat it is to talk about it, and spread the message that “Love doesn’t hurt.” Giana serves as the Director of Angel Family Programs at Break the Silence against Domestic Violence and is a Resource Coach with a non-profit organization. With a background in serving foster youth and developmentally challenged clients, Giana teaches about the infinite power of inclusion. Audiences admire her for her openness and vulnerability as she educates on the ways to prevent dangerous relationships, and heal from trauma for a better tomorrow.
Jennifer Gardiner, Journalist & Educator
“He shattered every bone in my face and now I have metal plates in my face.”
Fueling her desire to educate others, Jennifer Gardiner decided to go public with her story in 2013. Jenn’s determination stemmed from two abusive marriages, one that ended after a brutal assault by her ex-husband left her with a shattered nose, multiple broken bones in her face and permanent strangulation nerve damage in her neck. Jenn’s message continues to inspire thousands of victims and survivors worldwide to find the courage to speak out and understand they are not alone. Her strength has been recognized nationally on Huffington Post and locally on ABC4, FOX13, KSL5 and Deseret News. After speaking at the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition’s 2015 annual conference, Jenn turned her concentration on public speaking in an effort to educate others on intimate partner abuse, the affects domestic violence has on children and how to survive after leaving abuse. Jenn obtained her degree in criminal justice in 2017 and now works for the ABC television news station in Salt Lake City and as a journalist she hopes to continue to help change the way domestic violence stories are presented to the public by the media.
David Prosper, Award Winning Speaker, Leadership Coach and Healthy Relationships Educator
David Prosper is the Founder of the self-development company Prosper with Prosper and the Co-founder of the relationship coaching company Prosperous Relationship Society. He is also a father of two, former NCAA Champion, and a survivor of domestic violence.
Abuse began in David’s life while he was still in his mother’s womb from a father who did not want to bring him into this world. His mother was fearful for David’s life and divorced his father finally when he was just 2 years old. This left David with no identity and a deep void that he would attempt to fill through a series of unhealthy relationships.
David Prosper’s Keynote – How to Prosper in Your Relationships not only highlights his personal story but also unveils how we can transform our lives and our world by healing from our past, discovering our identity and developing healthy relationships. As a result audiences have found his teachings to be very practical, transformational and inspirational. David believes once we discover our identity we can live our true purpose.
“It was really hard and it’s like the worst thing a mother can ever think of ever happening to her child, that’s what we experienced,” Tara Woodlee said. In 2012 Tara Woodlee lost her 20-year-old daughter, Ashleigh Lindsey, and her unborn granddaughter to a brutal act of domestic violence. Tara Woodlee shares the raw truth about domestic violence and gives audiences the opportunity to learn about the impact abuse has on families. Woodlee, also a survivor, describes the journey from victim to survivor and then the impact her story made on her family.
Through the pain, Woodlee is working to raise awareness and help other mothers get help before it’s too late.
Request a copy of the Return of Social Change
The Return of Social Change is an impactful way to teach your audience about the harsh realities of domestic violence. The 45 minute traveling documentary captures 11 powerful stories of women who were traumatically affected by abuse. This film has been showcased at many academic institutions, workplaces, community events, and households across the country. Available by donation. 100% of the proceeds raised will support our education efforts and provide survivors with financial stability. Here is a preview:
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