Our most recent guest…
On this week’s episode of the Ending Domestic Abuse podcast, Dr. Ludy Green speaks with Marya Meyer, the Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade County in Florida. Together, they discuss the specific issues related to domestic/sexual abuse and human trafficking impacting the women of Miami-Dade, and the work that The Women’s Fund does to prevent violence and empower victims.
Learn more about The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade County by clicking here.
About Marya Meyer
Interim Executive Director of The Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade
Marya Meyer is the Interim Executive Director of The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade, an organization who’s vision is a world where power and possibility are not limited by gender. She is a member of the Miami-Dade Domestic Violence Coalition and the South Florida Human Trafficking Task Force. She has been One Billion Rising’s Global Coordinator for Miami since 2012.
This grassroots movement brings together ordinary citizens and stakeholders to create the awareness and solidarity necessary to dramatically reduce the staggering statistics of gender violence, both locally and across the globe, in our lifetimes. United Nations statistics reveal that 1 out of 3 women and girls will be raped or beaten in her lifetime, which is over One Billion people suffering from gender violence.
Focusing locally on the greatest challenges facing the South Florida community, Marya and key partners coordinated powerful grassroots RISINGS which subsequently transformed into a partnership with The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade to lead monthly meetings where public and private entities, government civil servants, activists, volunteers and all those concerned with creating Freedom from Violence could join forces and resources, including on the key issue of Human Trafficking. Principal activities include collaborative outreach to schools and the community to empower individuals with the information they need about WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW/WHAT YOU CAN DO when gender violence crosses one’s path.
Marya is a bilingual English/Spanish Music and Artist Marketing Executive with over 25 years of international experience in the realms of entertainment and contemporary culture, Media and Artist Relations, Talent Booking and Artist Management.
On this week’s episode of the Ending Domestic Abuse podcast, Dr. Ludy Green speaks with Suzanne Dubus, CEO of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center. Suzanne opens up about her own experiences with domestic abuse and shares how she makes sure the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center is a safe and welcoming space for all victims of violence, regardless of gender, sexuality, or sexual identity.
Learn more about the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center located in Massachusetts by clicking here.
About Suzanne Dubus
CEO of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center
Suzanne Dubus is the Chief Executive Officer of the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center and has led the organization for 25 years.
The Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center’s mission is to empower individuals and engage communities to end domestic violence. Suzanne believes that safety should not simply be placed on a survivor’s shoulders, but rather the responsibility for establishing a safe community belongs to the community itself. She has built this philosophy into the Center’s approach, which includes four pillars of work: Survivor Services, where a dedicated staff offers advocacy, clinical and legal support to adult and child survivors of domestic violence; Youth Empowerment Services, where programs implemented in area schools work to prevent domestic violence in the next generation; Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention, which offers training and technical assistance to over 200 jurisdictions across the country; and Abuser Education, which provides court-ordered intimate partner abuse education.
In addition to her work at the Center, Suzanne is deeply engaged with a larger community of organizations fighting to end domestic violence. She previously served as President of the Board of Directors at Jane Doe Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. She also holds a position on the Governor’s Council on Sexual and Domestic Violence and the Massachusetts Council on Family Service Agencies.
In 2005, the Center created the Domestic Violence High Risk Team Model that works to prevent domestic violence homicides. In October 2010, Vice President Biden named the model a promising practice in a ceremony marking Domestic Violence Awareness Month; and in 2011, Suzanne was named a Champion of Change by the White House.
Suzanne has published articles in The Domestic Violence Report and Women You Should Know; most recently, she co-authored a research article in the Journal of Social Work Research, titled Development and Testing of the Danger Assessment for Law Enforcement (DA-LE): An intimate partner violence risk assessment for use with Domestic Violence High Risk Teams.
In our most recent episode, Dr. Ludy Green talks with Australian author Michelle Derrig who wrote a children’s book that is helping prevent child abuse. They discuss Michelle’s book, Only For Me, which empowers young children by teaching them about their bodies and how to protect their privacy.
Only For Me is available on Amazon now: https://www.amazon.com/Only-Me-Michelle-Derrig/dp/0994452802
About Michelle Derrig
Australian Children’s Book Author
Michelle Derrig is a passionate child protection advocate, mother to four and author of the best selling picture book Only For Me, which very gently teaches young children about consent and body safety. Only For Me is endorsed by one of Australia’s leading child protection organisations Act For Kids, is a triple best seller in Australia and recently hit #1 Best Seller in children’s safety book on Amazon US.
Her mission is to raise awareness and educate parents and carers about the reality of childhood sexual abuse and how to go about empowering and protecting the young children in their care.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Every day, 5 children in the US die from child abuse and neglect.
This week, Dr. Ludy Green and Samantina Zenon have a difficult and open conversation about how to do better to protect and listen to children, and begin the journey of healing from childhood trauma.
About Samantina Zenon
Actress, Public Speaker, Entrepreneur and Advocate for Child Abuse Prevention
Samantina Zenon was born and raised in Haiti. She is a courageous woman who did not allow her background and struggles to limit her from achieving her dreams. From her experiences, she learned to be hardworking, have determination, focus and have the I can achieve anything attitude. She was named one of the most influential content creators by Shape.
She is an actress, founder of Wildsamfierce shop a passionate public speaker. Her soft spot is children, which is the primary reason she advocates for them. Samantina has an impressive audience of +60,000 followers across social media platforms. Her work has been featured in notable publications, including Coveteur, Thrive Global, Medium, and more. She loves to be creative and enjoys eating ice cream.
Her mission is to help educate thousands of people on the importance of raising children in a conducive environment with love and care, which will make this world a better place.
Millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) are no strangers to economic difficulty, having come of age during the 2007-08 recession, but many still struggle with managing their finances. Right now, another generation (Gen Z) is receiving the same harsh welcome into adulthood with the recession caused by the pandemic. Improving financial literacy is a must, and Erin Lowry is here to help.
In this week’s episode, Dr. Ludy Green talks money managing tips for millennials and Gen Z with financial expert Erin Lowry, creator of Broke Millennial. Green and Lowry give young people tips for following their career goals, surviving a recession, and creating a healthy relationship with money.
About Erin Lowry
Financial Expert, Author and Creator of Broke Millennial
Erin Lowry is a millennial personal finance expert and the founder of BrokeMillennial.com. She’s also the author of the book Broke Millennial: How to Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together, Broke Millennial Takes On Investing: A Beginner’s Guide to Leveling Up Your Money and Broke Millennial Talks Money: Scripts, Stories, and Advice to Navigate Awkward Financial Conversations. Her first book was named by MarketWatch as one of the best money books of 2017 and her style is often described as refreshing and conversational.
Erin Lowry graduated from college in 2011 into a job market still impacted by the 2007-08 recession. Since then, she has dedicated herself to helping other young people figure out how to control their money and improve their financial literacy.
Erin has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and on CBS Sunday Morning, CNBC and Cheddar. She has written for USA Today, Cosmopolitan and Refinery29. Erin also regularly speaks at universities and conferences around the country. She spent most of her childhood living in Asia, but now lives in New York City.
It is not only domestic violence victims who struggle with financial literacy or depend on others to manage their finances. This issue is seen in women regardless of demographic– even female breadwinners.
This week, Dr. Ludy Green interviews finance expert and CEO Meredith Moore who offers some life lessons for surviving the pandemic, while also stressing the importance of women becoming engaged in their own finances.
About Meredith Moore
Financial Expert and Founder/CEO of Artisan Financial Strategies
Meredith Moore is a financial expert with a passion for helping women, specifically female breadwinners, engage with their finances. Meredith holds a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech, but has since found her career path as the Founder and CEO of Artisan Financial Strategies
An Atlanta Native and Georgia Tech alumni, where she has served on numerous boards, Meredith is also a 2017 graduate of Leadership Atlanta. Her awards and community leadership activities include the following, among many others:
2018 Greater North Fulton Chamber “Business woman of excellence”
Leadership Atlanta – Committee for the group’s first Women’s Forum and moderator of the panel discussion “Critical Issues Facing Women Breadwinners,” 2017-2018
NAIFA – Top Women Advisors in Atlanta, 2013-2018
Atlanta NAIFA – Top Under 40 Advisor, 2011-2014
Atlanta Business Chronicle – 40 Under 40, 2009
NAIFA 2009 – 4 Under 40 Top Financial Advisors in the country
Mentoring – Meredith has mentored over 100 financial advisors and is currently mentoring 15 advisors in a curriculum-based program she developed
Cancer support – Guiding families and patients around the world that have been diagnosed with glioblastoma, based on her personal experience with the disease
It has been almost one year exactly since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the U.S. In that time, many people have struggled and are still struggling with finding employment and pursuing their careers.
Listen in this week as Dr. Ludy Green and career coach Marianne Ruggiero give essential advice for overcoming obstacles and landing a job during the pandemic.
About Marianne Ruggiero
Career Coach and President and Founder of Optima Careers
Marianne Ruggiero is the President of Optima Careers which she founded as a boutique career consulting service after a 25-year career in Human Resources. As a consultant and coach, she offers a highly customized, proprietary approach to addressing career and work-life issues. Working one-on-one, she helps clients see their strengths, understand their work style, clarify their goals, align with the marketplace and create an actionable plan that enables them to move forward with confidence.
Marianne’s human resources experience included senior positions with prominent companies such as American Express, Citigroup, and J. Crew. Her executive clients also span a broad spectrum from Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to iconic brands such as Tiffany’s and Coca Cola.
Marianne has contributed to the Harvard Business Review, appeared on CNN Money with Christine Romans and regularly addresses business and education groups. Marianne has an MBA in Organizational Development
from Pace University where she was awarded an Andrew Mellon fellowship.
Listen to the Georgetown Career Coaching Webinars that Marianne mentioned in the episode here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCjsCGcOCsA
Listen in as Dr. Ludy Green talks with therapist and TEDx speaker Dr. Karol Ward about the long and rewarding journey of healing from trauma by rekindling self-love and reconnecting with your inner voice.
About Karol Ward
Psychotherapist and TEDx Speaker
Karol Ward, L.C.S.W. is a licensed psychotherapist, confidence building expert and coach, who helps her clients cultivate inner confidence in the areas of personal growth, business visibility and communication She is the author of Worried Sick: Break Free From Chronic Worry to Achieve Mental & Physical Health (Berkley) and Find Your Inner Voice: Using Instinct and Intuition Through the Body-Mind Connection (Career Press).
Karol is an award-winning speaker and delivered a popular TEDx Talk on the power of the body-mind connection at the prestigious TEDx TimeSquare in New York City. She has also delivered a variety of live and virtual presentations for such clients as: ABC News, Viacom/MTV, The Clinton Global Initiative, GlynnDevins,Inc., Renfrew Center Foundation, JCC Association, IDEA Health and Fitness Association, Fairfield Maxwell.
Karol also provides confidence communication coaching at numerous large corporate law firms across the globe. As a regular media contributor Karol has been featured on CNN, The Wall Street Journal Live, NBC, ABC, Fox News along with numerous podcasts and radio programs. She is regularly featured in the Wall Street Journal and has contributed to such media outlets as Oprah.com, The Independent, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Day, First for Women, Glamour.com, The New York Daily News, Spirituality & Health, Yoga Journal, FoxNews.com, and Family Circle among others.
In this week’s episode of Ending Domestic Abuse, Dr. Ludy Green interviews Kristina Bouweiri. Kristina opens up about her personal experience with domestic violence and shares her inspiring story of how she defied the odds by escaping her abuser and becoming the successful CEO of her own company. Kristina shares some tips with our listeners about how to navigate the business world as a woman and a survivor.
About Kristina Bouweiri
CEO of and President of Reston Limousine
Kristina Bouweiri is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Reston Limousine, Washington DC’s premier transportation provider ranked the 10th largest chauffeured fleet in the nation. Starting with only five vehicles in 1990, Bouweiri diversified the business and developed Reston Limousine into to a $28 million company today with 250 vehicles from sedans to coach buses.
Kristina also is the founder of the monthly networking program Sterling Women and co-founder of the annual Virginia Women’s Business Conference – two programs that have helped hundreds of women entrepreneurs and executives achieve their professional goals.
An active business community leader, Kristina has served or currently serves on boards around the DC region and beyond, including Enterprising Women magazine DC Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Greater Washington, Northern Virginia Community College, Inova Loudoun Hospital Foundation, Loudoun CEO Cabinet and BCT Bank among others.
She also is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council at George Mason University’s School of Business, where she helped launch a Women in Business Initiative program to support students, alumnae and other businesswomen.
Her recognitions include Washington Business Journal’s Power 100 and Top Women-Owned Businesses in Washington DC, DC Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year, and International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Award.
Dr. Emma Fulu
In this episode of Ending Domestic Abuse, Dr. Ludy Green expands the topic of domestic violence beyond the United States. Special guest Dr. Emma Fulu, an Australia-based activist who works to help violence victims globally, shares her perspective, successes, and goals for preventing violence against women during the Covid-19 pandemic.
About Dr. Emma Fulu
Founder and Executive Director
The Equality Institute, Australia
Dr Emma Fulu, PhD, is a researcher, social entrepreneur and feminist activist with over 15 years’ experience working on the prevention of violence against women and girls.
She is the founder and Executive Director of the Equality Institute, a global feminist agency dedicated to the prevention of violence against women and girls. She is also the co-founder of VOICE, a non-profit organization that works with women and girls in conflict and disaster settings all over the globe to amplify their solutions to violence in their own communities.
Emma is a representative on the Victorian Government’s Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality, the co-chair of the Gender and Rights Advisory Panel of the World Health Organization, and publishes widely in academic journals, magazines and blogs on gender issues.
Episode 10: Darla Locklear Hooker
Our tenth episode of Ending Domestic Abuse features a candid and inspiring conversation with Darla Locklear Hooker, a survivor of domestic violence who served 105 days in prison for shooting her abuser in self-defense. Darla opens up about her traumatic experiences, which started during a difficult childhood, and provides poignant advice to listeners in similar situations.
This episode features a promotion for My Sister’s Place, an organization that provides emergency shelter and essential programs for victims of abuse. If you live in the DC area and need help, visit www.mysistersplacedc.org
About Darla Locklear Hooker
Domestic violence survivor who went to prison for killing her abuser in self-defense. She shares her story of unthinkable suffering to help others who may be facing similar trauma.
Darla Locklear Hooker is a domestic violence advocate, survivor, and author of Broken Silence: The Darla Locklear Hooker Story. Click here to buy her book.
As a child, Darla experienced unthinkable trauma including witnessing domestic abuse between her parents, the death of both of her parents, and even molestation and rape at the hands of family members and foster parents.
At age 14, Darla met a 24-year-old man named Maddex who she would go on to marry that year. For the next several years, Darla endured extreme physical, emotional, financial, and verbal abuse. After surviving numerous, almost fatal, physical attacks and threats to her life and her children’s lives, Darla shot Maddex in self-defense at age 21. Darla would go on to serve 105 days in prison for her action of self-defense.
After being released and working through her trauma with a therapist, Darla is able to share her story and dedicate her life to helping women like her.
Episode 8: Louise Stratten
In our eighth episode of Ending Domestic Abuse, Dr. Ludy Green talks with actress and producer Louise Stratten, sister of the late actress and Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten who was murdered by her estranged husband in 1980. Together, Dr. Green and Louise discuss domestic violence, answer listener questions and emphasize the humanity often forgotten in sensationalized stories of domestic abuse in Hollywood.
This episode features a promotion for The Women’s Center in DC, an organization that provides affordable mental health counseling and essential services to victims of violence. If you live in the DC area and need help, or if you were moved by the story on our podcast today and want to donate to help vulnerable victims, visit https://thewomenscenter.org/
About Louise Stratten
Actress, Producer, and Speaker
Louise Stratten is a producer and actress known for her performances in City Island, Django Unchained and It Chapter 2. As the younger sister of model and actress Dorothy Stratten, who was murdered by her estranged husband, Louise takes a very personal interest in assisting victims of domestic violence, working with several charities and even speaking at the White House. Her current projects include producing the feature One Lucky Moon with Noah Baumbach and Wes Anderson, as well as two limited series. One of these, The Killing of the Unicorn, tells her sister’s story, giving her a voice and adding a human dimension to what some have seen only as a Hollywood true crime tale.
Episode 7: Loree Sutton
Our seventh episode of Ending Domestic Abuse sheds light on a “forgotten crisis:” sexual assault and domestic violence in our military. Dr. Ludy Green sits down with retired Brigadier General and Army psychiatrist Loree Sutton to discuss the barriers victims face to reporting abuse and finding justice, as well as needed reforms to promote a healthier military culture.
This episode features a promotion for My Sister’s Place, an organization that provides emergency shelter and essential programs for victims of abuse. If you live in the DC area and need help, visit www.mysistersplacedc.org
About Loree Sutton
Retired Brigadier General and Highest-Ranking Army psychiatrist who has dedicated her life to improving the health and well-being of veterans, active service members, and citizens of the state of New York.
Loree Sutton, MD is a lifelong public servant and retired Brigadier General who, as the Army’s highest-ranking psychiatrist and Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Veterans’ Services, has devoted 35 years of service to the nation and New York. Loree’s decorated Army career includes earning a Bronze Star for her actions in combat while deployed to Operation Desert Storm, during which she was responsible for the mental health care of 25,000 troops as the 1st Armored Division Psychiatrist.
Selected as a White House Fellow, the nation’s premier leadership program, Sutton joined the faculty at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences to command the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, Texas during the height of Operation Iraqi Freedom hostilities. Serving as the Founding Director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, Loree’s visionary leadership yielded transformational change for generations to come.
In New York City, Loree served as the Founding Commissioner for New York City’s Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS), engaging continuously with New Yorkers for five years in all five boroughs. Under Sutton’s leadership DVS pioneered numerous groundbreaking policy and innovative program successes.
Married to her wife, Laurie Leitch, Loree is stepmother to Laurie’s two children, Chris and Lindsay, and cherishes their two grandsons. They share their home with beloved pup Moxie, and are forever proud New Yorkers.
Episode 6: Tanya Brown
In our sixth episode of Ending Domestic Abuse, Dr. Ludy Green speaks with Tanya Brown who opens up about the continued impact of her sister Nicole Simpson’s death and battle with domestic abuse on their family. Brown candidly shares her journey through mental illness and overcoming trauma, and responds to some difficult questions from listeners struggling with their own mental health and abusive situations.
About Tanya Brown
Sister of domestic violence victim Nicole Brown Simpson who is using her trauma to help others work through mental illness and find their self-worth and confidence.
Tanya Brown is a domestic violence counselor, advocate, and life management coach who is motivated by her personal experience with abuse and trauma to help people develop healthy coping skills and achieve their goals. Brown is well-known as the youngest sister of Nicole Brown Simpson, ex-wife of former football player and actor O.J. Simpson, who was murdered in 1994.
Tanya Brown has been an Intimate Partner Violence speaker for over 10 years. She has shared her story as a keynote speaker with the Hope Foundation, a Homicide/Suicide Psychology Class at the University of CA, Irvine, and for doctors of Mission South Coast Medical Center in Laguna Beach, CA. Brown also does consulting work with universities, victims of domestic violence, teenagers with mental health issues, and shelters for battered women. She has been consulting for 10 years and has been a life coach since 2001.
Brown personally survived a mental health breakdown— an experience that forced her to do the self-work necessary for survival, and gave her the strength to support others going through similar situations. She launched www.tanyabrown.net to empower people to come forward and talk about their emotional challenges.
Recently, Brown published a book called The 7 Characteristics of Abuse: Domestic Violence, Where it Can Start and Where it Can End. The book lets readers in on how to identify abusive relationships and what to do about it. Read more about the book and purchase it here: https://www.tanyabrown.net/the-7-characters-of-abuse/
Brown’s life goal is to help others help themselves by providing tools for heightened mental clarity and awareness. She empowers her clients to remain disciplined and focused so they will reach their ultimate goal of optimal mental health. Brown received her B.A. in Counseling Psychology with a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from Argosy University in Orange County, CA. She is currently completing an M.A. in the same field.
Episode 5: Justice Mark Kennedy
In our fifth episode of Ending Domestic Abuse, Dr. Ludy Green and Justice Mark Kennedy answer difficult questions about child abuse/neglect, and provide concrete advice about navigating the legal system and family courts to best protect vulnerable children. This episode also addresses the specific barriers to legal action created by the Covid-19 pandemic, featuring personal stories and urgent situations shared by listeners who have been struggling during quarantine. Special thank you to Megan Huber for her valuable contribution to this week’s program!
About Justice Mark Kennedy
Family Court Judge and Alabama Supreme Court Justice with decades of experience working to prevent child abuse and protect children.
Justice H. Mark Kennedy received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his Juris Doctorate with honors from Cumberland School of Law. From 1978 to 1999, Justice Kennedy served for five years as a juvenile and Family Court Judge in Montgomery, Alabama, five years as a Circuit Judge for the Alabama Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, and eleven years as an Associate Justice for the Supreme Court of Alabama.
Upon his retirement, Justice Kennedy became President of the Montgomery (Alabama) Riverfront Development Foundation. In addition, he served as the City of Montgomery’s Project Manager for the development and construction of the Class AA Minor League Riverwalk Stadium, and is presently the Project Manager for the City of Montgomery for the development of the Montgomery Convention Center and Hotel. Justice Kennedy chaired the development of a Comprehensive Master Plan for the redevelopment of historic downtown Montgomery and has worked toward its implementation since 2001.
Justice Kennedy serves as the Project Director for the Tuskegee Airmen Memorial Foundation, which, in partnership with the National Park Service, is charged with the development and construction of a Memorial at the Tuskegee Airmen Historic Site. Justice Kennedy served for twenty-one years as the Chairman of the State of Alabama’s Children’s Trust Fund, and is founder and Chairman of the Corporate Foundation for Children. He is the past president of The National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
Justice Kennedy is married to the former Peggy Wallace and they have two sons, 1st Captain Leigh Kennedy, U.S. Army and Burns Kennedy, a student at the University of Alabama.
Episode 4: Dr. Sandra K Cohen
In our fourth episode of Ending Domestic Abuse, Dr. Ludy Green is joined by Psychiatrist Dr. Sandra Cohen to explain how the stressors caused by the current Covid-19 pandemic can increase the risk of domestic abuse, and isolate victims already struggling. Dr. Green and Dr. Cohen discuss healthy coping mechanisms to handle frustration and mental health issues worsened by new economic insecurities, while also responding to urgent stories from listeners and providing essential steps to seek help and safety from domestic violence during a pandemic.
About Dr. Sandra K Cohen
NYC-based Occupational and Organizational Psychiatrist, dedicated to improving workplace mental health and helping employees adapt to changing conditions.
A native of metro Washington, DC, Dr. Sandra K Cohen, MD graduated from Radcliffe College in 1974 and Harvard Medical School in 1978, where she was a Harvard National Scholar. Dr. Cohen moved to NYC for her Psychiatric Residency at The New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell University Medical College, which she completed in June 1982, and where she continues to serve as a faculty member.
During residency, Dr. Cohen began her lifelong interest in Occupational and Organizational Psychiatry, and also pursued psychoanalytic training at The New York Psychoanalytic Institute, which she graduated from in October 1987. Currently, Dr. Cohen operates an office-based psychiatric practice in Manhattan. She also offers consulting as an Occupational and Organizational Psychiatrist to the NYC MTA and NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, as well as to many private companies.
Dr. Cohen has a particular expertise in helping high value employees challenge their negative behaviors, which often lead to familial tensions and even violence, and successfully adapt to changing workplace norms. The Covid-19 pandemic has altered these norms considerably, intensifying professional and family stress for most workers. Dr. Cohen continues to help her patients cope and craft successful, adaptive responses in this difficult time.
Episode 3: Leslie Morgan Steiner
In our third episode of Ending Domestic Abuse, Dr. Ludy Green is joined by best-selling author Leslie Morgan Steiner to discuss Leslie’s story as a survivor of domestic abuse and now esteemed advocate. Leslie shares her story of how the man she loved became physically and mentally abusive and how she found peace and healing after finally leaving him. Dr. Green and Leslie explore the process of speaking out after experiencing trauma, rebuilding her life, creating a dialogue about victim-blaming, and feeling empowered to tell her story. Thank you to Leslie Morgan Steiner for bravely speaking out and sharing her story.
About Leslie Morgan Steiner
New York Times best-selling author, columnist for The Washington Post, speaker on work/family balance, domestic violence survivor, successful corporate executive.
I am the author of four nonfiction books: the New York Times bestselling memoir Crazy Love; the critically acclaimed anthology Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families; The Baby Chase: How Surrogacy is Transforming the American Family; and my latest memoir, The Naked Truth, which explores female sexuality, self-esteem and dating after 50.
One of the best things I ever did was from 2006-2008 I wrote over 500 columns for the Washington Post’s popular on-line work/family column, “On Balance.”
I have a BA in English from Harvard College. My first job was writing and editing for Seventeen Magazine. After graduating from Wharton in 1992 with an MBA in Marketing, I spent 10 years at Johnson & Johnson, launching Splenda Brand Sweetener from Argentina to Australia to Dubai. I returned to my hometown of Washington, DC in 2001 to become General Manager of the 1.1 million-circulation Washington Post Magazine, a job I loved for five years, until the demands of juggling work and raising kids prompted my return to fulltime writing.
I’ve been a regular guest on The Today Show, National Public Radio, ABC, NBC, CBS, and cable news networks. After appearing three nights in a row on Anderson Cooper 360, I had a dream that he asked me to become his sole heterosexual lover (I accepted). I’ve appeared in Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Elle, Parents, Self, Vogue, Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times, and CNN.com. I am speak about 30 times a year on how end family violence. My 2012 TEDTalk about domestic violence, which was curated by a friend from second grade, has been viewed by over five million people, and in 2014 I completed my second TEDTalk exploring the ethics of global surrogacy on the stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
I proudly serve as a board member for the One Love Foundation, in honor of slain University of Virginia senior Yeardley Love.
I divide my time between Washington, DC, New York, New Hampshire, and anywhere else in the world I’m lucky enough to be invited to visit.
Episode 2: Judge Kimberly Todd
In our second episode of Ending Domestic Abuse, Dr. Ludy Green will be joined by Judge Kimberly Todd to discuss how the U.S. Justice system and laws help women find safety and justice after domestic abuse occurs. As a Judge and mentor with vast experience in Family Law/Unified Family Court, Juvenile Detention, Dependency Court, and Early Childhood Court, Judge Todd serves as a voice for women and children in Pinellas County as she oversees new judges and cases, including those regarding domestic abuse.
About Judge Todd
A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Judge Kimberly Todd graduated from the University of South Florida and, in 1996, the Mississippi College School of Law. She worked as a prosecutor and as general counsel for a private corporation before opening her own law practice in 2001. She was elected to the circuit bench in 2010 and began her first term in the family law division. Upon taking the bench, Judge Todd was assigned to a family law section until 2013, when she was assigned to Unified Family Court where she currently presides.
Judge Todd was the President of Canakaris Inn of Court for the 2013-2014 year. Judge Todd was appointed by the Chief Judge to serve as Chair of the Sixth Circuit Pro Bono Committee from 2014 to 2016. Judge Todd was appointed, by the chief judge, to serve as a mentor for new judges assigned to the Family Law division and/or Unified Family Court. She previously served as chairperson of the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, and is presently Chair of the Sixth Circuit Dependency Court Improvement Committee and a member of the state-wide Dependency Court Improvement Panel. Judge Todd has taken a leadership role in establishing an Early Childhood Court here in Pinellas County.