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Leadership Talk TONYA LOVELACE CEO, Women of Color Network (WOCN), Inc. What is your personal mission statement as a leader?

To be a global citizen and to support and create spaces of wellness, nonviolence, and joy everywhere. Can you tell us about your current work and how it relates to domestic violence and sexual assault?

I wasn't necessarily looking for this work; it came to me. It was my pathway as a survivor of child sexual assault, of child abuse, of bullying, of teen dating violence, and then in adult life, of domestic violence. Even after I did the work, I became a survivor of domestic violence as a CEO. My own work saved my life—my own organization, my own people—saved my life. Our principles and our approaches within the organization saved my life. Then the work of various colleagues and organizations around me took on a different meaning for me. And so, I feel like I was fated for this work. And I do this work with the principles of ending violence, changing and improving systems, and having a more global perspective that creates whole communities and shifts how the world looks at various forms of violence.

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2020 Leadership Journal E-book  

A leadership journal written by girls from Newark, NJ to cultivate courageous conversations and action. Purchase your copy at theleadershipj...

2020 Leadership Journal E-book  

A leadership journal written by girls from Newark, NJ to cultivate courageous conversations and action. Purchase your copy at theleadershipj...