United Way of Delaware County: 2016 Room to Grow

On February 10, I spoke to room of 300 amazing women at the United Way of Delaware County’s 2016 Room to Grow event.


The United Way of Delaware County, Ohio does amazing things for the Columbus community, and in February 2012 the organization launched the Women’s Leadership Network (WLN). WLN’s mission is to bring women together to collectively inspire and empower individuals & families to succeed within Delaware County.

At the event, I talked to Mikaela Hunt and shared my story about how my inner strength and unwavering hope got me through my painful experiences in the past. Now as I rebuild my life, I want people to know that there’s hope. My goal is to encourage people who have experienced or are still experiencing similar situations that they can do anything they put their mind to. I want them to know that if I can make it through, they can make it through with love and courage.

My goal is to encourage people who have experienced or are still experiencing similar situations…

After I was rescued from the house, it was hard for me to know who I could trust. I didn’t have a support system. I want people to know there are resources like United Way that can help. It’s encouraging to know there are resources out there. When I was younger, I would’ve done things differently, I would have run to them instead of running to the streets.

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After the event, I signed copies of Finding Me and met some incredible survivors. Hearing that I inspired them and gave them hope meant the world to me. You have the choice to make your own happiness. Hold your head high, don’t be condemned by the past, and don’t let it define you. You define who you are by everything you do. Don’t let yourself be trapped in the pain.

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