What do EndAbuse4Good and WeWork have in common, besides a love of shared community? The answer is a desire to educate and protect women - at home and in the workplace. That's why we partnered up with their amazing FiDi staff to host a corporate cocktail power hour with a twist: sharing information about intimate partner abuse.
"Come for the treats, stay for the very personal convo." With 50 attendees at this RSVP only event, we had a packed room of professional women enjoying savory bites from Yumami, Roots Hummus and My Pretzel. There were boxes of gourmet Bouchard chocolate for everyone, piping hot Insomnia cookies and Prosecco cocktails. Just to round out the luxurious aura of this event, each woman received a Jurlique bag filled with beauty products AND we had gorgeous Share With clutches for prizes.
EndAbuse4Good shared the 8 signs of abuse that don't include physical violence. We showed the insidious arc of abuse and shared ground breaking scientific information about how the victim's brain chemistry is altered, answering the question, "Why doesn't she just leave?" We identified the common traits of abusive partners, and helped attendees understand that there is no more need for remaining silent.
"I had no idea how powerful the presentation would be! I was so moved and motivated to take care of myself!" "Absolutely this is essential to every woman of every age - it could prevent a world of harm." "Very informative and mind blowing."
We laughed, and some of us cried a bit. We all learned and came away stronger than ever! Guests included the professional women of WeWork, members of the amazing Alpha Sigma Tau sorority, staff from Safe Horizon and the Ms Foundation For Women, EndAbuse4Good board members, the angel volunteers of Metamorphosis New York, assistant Vice President of Barclays, a New York Times/Psychology Today journalist and WeWork staff.
A very special thank you to our volunteers Avery Kelly, Ashley Flores, Sonia Wong and Sofia Ciniglio! You helped make this event a great success! Great photos from super photographer Helene DeLillo and film from our #1 guy Nadeem Salaam of e9Productions!