Keynote Speaker Christina Meredith

Empowering others with her inspiring life story, Christina Meredith survived sexual, mental and emotional abuse, trauma, aging out of foster care, poverty and homelessness to forge a life committed to helping others. Through strong faith, hard work, and creativity she went on to become Ms California, found her own nonprofit foundation, and pursue the path to becoming a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. As told in her book, CinderGirl: My Journey Out of the Ashes to a Life of Hope, during appearances on the Today Show and before speaking audiences nationwide, Christina’s story celebrates the transformative power of education, and the potential within all of us triumph over adversity. "My entire story is about hope, faith, hard work, achieving the dream and the purpose that you have been given in this life, and not allowing things to deter you, because circumstances change," she says. "With hard work and a little faith, you can make them change."


Dawn Schiller (2019)
Expert survivor-leader in the anti-trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault movements

Jenna Quinn (2018)
Survivor and author of Pure in Heart: A Memoir of Overcoming Abuse and Passing Jenna’s Law

Kevin Mulcahy (2017)
Survivor and Assistant U.S. District Attorney

Matthew Sandusky (2016)
Survivor, Founder and Executive Director of Peaceful Hearts Foundation

Marilyn Van Derbur (2014)
Survivor and author of Miss America by Day: Lessons Learned from Ultimate Betrayals and Unconditional Love