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Domestic violence does not discriminate by race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. While this is an incredibly intense and awkward conversation, it is one that Danna has intimate experience with and a strong resolve to bring awareness to in the most courageously kind way possible. Please join Danna and her special guests to be informed and empowered within your own sphere of community to influence healthy and loving partnership. Let’s Disrupt DV together with the power of courage, kindness and education. Danna is collaborating with the NDVH this year to bring you this special series.

“From Pain to Power” is an interview with 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist, a USA Basketball Female of the Year Ruthie Bolton, escaping an abusive marriage, she now travels around the world and shares her story in hopes of preventing abuse of other women.



The National Domestic Violence Hotline’s highly trained advocates are available 24/7/365 to talk with anyone affected by domestic violence. The Hotline provides life-saving tools, safety planning, immediate support and hope to empower victims to break free of abuse. Resources and help can be found at or by calling 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

* Help is available to members of all communities regardless of race, age, gender or sexual orientation. The Hotline provides services to those callers through bilingual staffing and 24-hour access to interpreters in 200+ languages.

* Since taking our first call in 1996, The Hotline has received more than 4 million calls, chats and texts for help.

* Hotline advocates receive 60+ hours of training. Some have been working at The Hotline for 20 years.

* In 2016, 84% of Hotline contacts reported emotional/verbal abuse, and 58% reported physical abuse. The Hotline provides support for survivors experiencing any type of relationship abuse.

* Callers typically include victims, survivors, and friends, family or co-workers of those in abusive relationships. Individuals who identify as abusive can also find help and resources when calling the hotline or visiting



Ruthie Bolton ~ As an original franchise player for the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs. She has scored over 2000 career points, she is 4th on the WNBA’s all-time 3-pointer list, and she is the only player in the history of the Monarchs to have her number retired. She is a 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist, a USA Basketball Female of the Year, the Sports Illustrated Best Woman Athlete by home state, and one of only four players to be named to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011. Ruthie was the WNBA’s first National Spokeswoman for youth development program “Play Fit/ Stay Fit.”

She had no idea her years as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army and professional basketball player, combined with her love of the stage, would prepare her for something she really could get excited about- empowering others especially women and girls. After escaping an abusive marriage, she now travels around the world and shares her story in hopes of preventing abuse of other women. As an expert on transformation, showing others how to turn traumatic situations into an opportunity to renew and transform yourself. Her practical teachings,

help others how to deal with trials and tribulations, turn them around and grow from them. More than anything, Ruthie is honest and real – so much that her audiences quickly connect with her as if she were speaking personally to each one of them. Her viewpoint is to use your gifts to serve other: to inspire others to let their light shine and perform at their best. As she often says “If I am only remembered for being a basketball player, I believe that I will have failed in my job on this planet.”

As a speaker, Ruthie addresses business, associational, and social groups, women’s groups, churches, and schools. Ruthie speaks at both large and small gatherings and will tailor topics to your specific audience. In addition to domestically and internationally speaking, Ruthie is the author of two books. “The Ride of a Lifetime” and “From Pain to Power”; she is also the co-creator of an education enrichment program called “Aim High,” designed to empower girls from ages 8-15. Over 56 educational institutes throughout the world have implemented her curriculum.


Today's Shoutout is for AIM HIGH

Aim High is Ruthie Bolton's non-profit leadership curriculum for junior high and high school girls.


Lead Yourself Lusciously this week friends and let's be courageously kind with each other,


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