pleasure to meet you.
My name is Bev, and I'm a social activist, speaker, native Clevelander, and creator of the viral 2014 movement, Why I Stayed. #WhyIStayed was named by TIME as one of the Top 10 Hashtags That Started a Conversation and is one of 8 Hashtags That Changed The World according to CNN affiliate, HLN.
I've had the honor of appearing on Good Morning America, the Dr. Phil show, Inside Edition, CNN, NPR, and NBC Nightly News. My story and social media impact have been featured in the Washington Post, Marie Claire, USA Today, CNN Money, Bloomberg, BBC News and more. I've also contributed original content featured in TIME, The New York Times, the TODAY Show online, and the U.S. Office on Women's Health Blog, and served on a panel at Verizon’s 2014 Domestic Violence Summit. In 2015, I was featured in the short film “Why We Stayed” by the Emmy-nominated producers of Private Violence.
In October 2015, I was honored by Investigation Discovery and Glamour Magazine as their 2015 Inspire A Difference "Everyday Hero."
What is closest to my heart? The Bolt Bag Project.
I was featured in a Toyota commercial discussing my work with the Ella Mae Foundation, a not for profit founded to provide practical support, guidance and services to victims of domestic violence. Investigation Discovery provides valued support and partnership.
In July 2017, I linked up with the Allstate Foundation's "Purple Purse" to produce web videos explaining financial abuse and the importance of financial freedom for women.
A graduate of Hampton University (B.A. in Communications) and Loyola University Chicago (M.A. in Social Justice), I'm passionate about storytelling, creating beauty from ashes, and changing lives for the better.