Vanessa McNeal is an award winning documentary filmmaker, national speaker, and two time TEDx speaker. She travels and speaks nationally about how to confront adversity with grace using her personal story as a vehicle to inspire and empower others.
At an early age, Vanessa experienced sexual abuse and neglect, ultimately resulting in educational challenges and a month spent in the foster care system. At age 15, while still in high school, Vanessa was sexually assaulted during a school-sponsored college preparatory program she attended at a nearby university. Consequently, she painfully endured and then had to overcome a rape culture that trivializes and normalizes sexual assault. Her life experiences have fueled her passion to educate on the topic of sexual violence and social injustice.