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Vanessa's Programs

Victim to Victor

Vanessa shares her harrowing personal story experiencing child abuse, sexual violence, and educational obstacles. Through sharing her most painful experiences, she teaches how to

find peace, meaning, and purpose in challenges . This talk provides five strategies that will help you confront your adversity with grace.

As a result of attending this program, your group will learn:

1

Learn five actionable strategies to confront obstacles with

grace and grit.

2

How to find peace in

experiences that have

caused pain.

3

Identify the value

and meaning in your

personal story.

As Seen In:

Sex Trafficking is Real

In this talk, Vanessa shares an in

depth look at the sex trafficking

industry using her education and experience directing her highly

anticipated film, Gridshock. She

discusses why sex trafficking is so lucrative, who benefits from it, 

who it happens to, and

how it happens. 

As a result of attending this program, your group will learn:

1

Knowledge about sex buyers, risk factors for victims, and gaps in the system.

2

Insight about the supply &

demand of the industry.

3

How the Gridshock

documentary was Directed

and Produced.

"Vanessa is an engaging and thoughtful speaker.

Her presence is wise beyond her years and her story brought the audience in touch with a deeply emotional topic that was felt by all." 

Abigail Cutter,

Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program.

Fear & Failure

Learn the importance of using fear, failure and rejection as tools to succeed. Experiencing failure and rejection is inevitable, so why can’t we learn from it instead of being afraid and discouraged by it? Vanessa teaches five strategic steps on how to be resilient through life’s challenges. Sharing inspiring examples from her lived experiences, she will challenge you to ask why not instead of why.

As a result of attending this program, your group will learn:

1

How to be resilient and build confidence through failure

and rejection.

2

How to identify your personal

barriers and turn them

into strengths.

3

Understand how what we

see depends on what

we look for.

Film Screening & Discussion

Gridshock Documentary

The Voiceless Documentary

 A riveting and disturbing documentary that will challenge everything you think you know about sex trafficking. What is hidden will come to light, and dark truths revealed in the seemingly plain midwestern Iowa. 

Film Screening & Discussion

During a film screening and discussion,Vanessa will discuss her experience Directing her groundbreaking film.  (Gridshock or The Voiceless).  She will discuss in depth the social issue and share information that didn't make the final cut of the film.

Gridshock Documentary

The Voiceless Documentary

 A riveting and disturbing documentary that will challenge everything you think you know about sex trafficking. What is hidden will come to light, and dark truths revealed in the seemingly plain midwestern Iowa. 

This internationally recognized film features the stories of five men and their experiences with sexual violence. The documentary discusses the intersectionality between culture, masculinity, taboos and the impact that sexual violence has on men. 

Journey Mercies Exercise

In this intimate round table exercise, Vanessa will help others navigate how to share their stories while practicing mercy and compassion. Vanessa will help individuals in the group redefine their experiences with a simple, yet transformative exercise that redefines lives. We cannot change past experiences, but we can choose how we feel about them. Practicing mercy and compassion is at the premise of  healing.  

As a result of attending this program, your group will learn:

1

How to share your personal

story in the most

compassionate way.

2

How to move through and learn

from your wounds instead of 

being stuck in them.

3

How to practice mercy and

compassion as a means to

find healing from obstacles.