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My Town Holland: TEDx speaker to share story of survival
My Town Holland: TEDx speaker to share story of survival

HOLLAND, Mich.—A TEDx speaker who is a survivor of domestic violence is coming to Holland to  support women other domestic violence victims.

Leslie Morgan Steiner will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Reach for the Stars spring benefit.  Proceeds from the event will go to the Center for Women in Transition, which provides support programs to more than 3,000 women, men and children in Ottawa and Allegan counties, who are victims of domestic and sexual violence. Last year, the benefit raised more than $85,000 for the Center.

Steiner began her career in marketing bfore becoming an advocate and author.  Her turbulante marrage to  a man who threatened and abused her emotionally, financially and physically inspired her to write the memoir, “Crazy Love.”  Her TED talk, “Why Domestic Violence Victims Don’t Leave,” has been viewed online more than 1.8 million times.

“We’re proud to continue our tradition of inviting strong, inspiring women to Reach for the Stars,” says Charisse Mitchell, Executive Director of the Center for Women in Transition, “Leslie’s experience as a survivor of domestic violence shows that there is possibility for hope and healing after abuse. We’re thrilled that she has decided to share parts of her journey with us.”

Reach for the Stars will take place Friday, April 25 at the Holland Doubletree by Hilton.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m.   For ticket information, visit the Center’s website here.

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