Sarah’s Inn’s first inaugural Together We Inspire educational breakfast forum on Thursday, May 10 drew more than 170 business and community leaders. The breakfast’s theme was Create Communities Free of Gender-Based Violence. A panel of experts shared resources and action plans for reducing relationship violence and assault, and creating safer workplaces and communities. In addition, community leader and philanthropist Mary Jo Schuler was honored with the We Inspire Leadership award.

Michele Weldon, award-winning journalist and author, and emerita faculty in journalism at Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, moderated the panel. Panel members were: Kristie Paskvan, Senior Advisor and Board Director, Mesirow Financial and Founder, Chicago Says No More; Charlie Stoops, PhD, LCSW, Associate Professor, Dominican University School of Social Work and Co-Founder, Center for Advancing Domestic Peace; and Gail Stern, PhD, Co-Founder and Chief Visionary Officer, Catharsis Productions, and Co-Author of the nonstranger rape prevention program Sex Signals.

The May 10 event is the first in the annual Together We Inspire breakfast forum series on timely social issues connected with Sarah’s Inn’s mission of improving the lives of those impacted by domestic violence and breaking the cycle of violence for future generations.

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