Empowering Women of Color Triumph from Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse with Kimberly Harris and Elizabeth Blackney
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About Kimberly Harris
Kimberly Harris is the CEO & Cofounder of Women’s HQ. Ms. Harris is thought leader and change-maker. Throughout her career, she champions innovation and helps stakeholders in the government, private, and nonprofit environments to develop and implement necessary reforms for women and children to thrive and to interrupt cycles of poverty, violence, and intergenerational trauma.
Ms. Harris’ experience with nonprofit operations, management, and oversight spans more than twenty years in Washington, D. C. She is an active member of the Client Leadership Council for Feeding America/Capital Area Food Bank partnership and currently serves as Co-Chair for the D. C. Department of Human Services’ Family Rehousing & Stabilization (FRSP) Task Force.
Ms. Harris previously served as a Director for Dress For Success D C.’s Professional Women’s Group. Ms. Harris previously served as an Ambassador for United State of Women and remains active with the organization.
In 2000, Ms. Harris sounded the alarm about environmental justice. As a guest speaker during a White House News Briefing in December 2000, she spoke forcefully about how Improving Air Quality impacts children in low-poverty communities in America, along with then Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Carol Browner, and President Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff, John Podesta.
In 2016, Ms. Harris was selected to attend the White House Summit on The United State Of Women for President Barack Obama’s administration where she advocated for a whole-of-government approach to her key issues.
Her approach also recognizes the need for a whole-of-society reckoning with immigration practices that continue to allow harm. She has traveled to El Paso Texas to help serve in the community of Hispanic and Latino immigrants and has studied the impacts immigration has on Hispanic women and children.
Ms. Harris is a Survivor, a mother to Shenelle and Tevin. She mentors women 1:1 on work-life balance and inspirational parenting while overcoming adversity and surviving domestic violence. She works tirelessly to continue in helping sister survivors reach their full potential regardless of the barriers violence presents.
Ms. Harris vows to continue her work in helping other women bridge their “From Trauma to Triumph" at Women’s HQ where a culturally-specific and holistic approach is combined with evidence-based modalities. Through the programming, primarily Black and brown women in Washington, D. C. will participate in Survivor-centered wellness, career enhancement, and financial literacy programming.
Ms. Harris received her B.A. from The Catholic University of America, B.A., and has her MBA/EML from Georgetown University.
About Elizabeth Blackney
Servant Leader. Survivor. Communicator. Elizabeth Blackney is a Strategic Media and Crisis Communications Advisor focusing on human rights, geopolitics, and philanthropy. She develops reputation management strategies for high-profile thought leaders, corporate clients, and advocacy organizations. An expert in blending media, accountability, and good governance with targeted advocacy and fundraising, she provides discreet counsel. A survivor of sexual violence, an advocate, mother, and writer, she previously served as the Senior Media Adviser to Dr. Denis Mukwege, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Co-Laureate, including at the 2019 World Economic Forum gathering in Davos, Switzerland. She also served as the Media Director of his US-based foundation. Principal clients have appeared on the Time100 and Fortune 50 Greatest Leaders lists, in features at every major US daily, on Netflix, and on major television broadcasts on five continents. She is the CoFounder of Women’s HQ, a Washington, D. C. based nonprofit that serves sexualized and domestic violence Survivors living in and transitioning from shelters. She previously served as the Chief Communications Officer at Every Woman Treaty. She has been a guest speaker at the World Bank, Women Deliver (2019), BlogHer (2015), Dartmouth College, George Washington University, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, Virginia Commonwealth University, World Vision, among others. She travels from Washington, DC.