Suzanne is a long time investor and advocate who passionately works to connect people across social justice and business realms to impact lives and organizations. This led her to start Upstander Projects to encourage and assist people in finding the ways that they can do good in the world.
Suzanne's story stems from a long held belief that doing well and doing good go hand-in-hand. You don't have to make advocacy work your full-time job; it can be something you do that enhances your life, creates a shared purpose, a community of social entrepreneurs who understand the amazing opportunity we have right now to create exponential change in our connected world.
Rooted in advocacy work, Suzanne's passion for standing up takes shape through The Bystander Project, founded in 2012 with the goal of helping people move away from being passive bystanders to some of our world's pressing issues to becoming upstanders who use our time, talent, creativity and money to tackle important issues. To learn more about Suzanne's Upstander work with The Bystander Project, please visit: www.thebystanderproject.com
Suzanne's Upstander work has manifested in her support of the work of 3 organizations that are making immense strides in areas that are very important to her. She works with other like-minded individuals and organizations to change the culture of shame and silence long associated with sexual abuse, working to empower both bystanders to abuse and survivors of abuse to be upstanders. She believes that victims of violence can not only survive after abuse, but truly thrive when they are believed and supported. While Suzanne's personal mission is to create legislative, educational, and cultural change around sexual and domestic violence, she understood that many other people want to know how to create change around issues that resonate with them because of their own life experiences. Seeing a need for a place to share information and create community, Suzanne launched Upstander Projects to help other people find ways to support causes that speak to their own life experiences.
Suzanne is a native of New Hampshire, and holds a BA in Liberal Studies from Bradford College in Massachusetts. She feels blessed to do work that she loves and live in beautiful Marin County with her 2 awesome kids and labradoodle.
Read Suzanne's "Founder's Story" here.
PR & Storytelling Director, The Upstander Project
Lindsay's background in broadcast and print journalism combines with her passion for sexual violence advocacy to shape her work at The Upstander Project. She creates content around legislative and news developments, which often leads her to discover new Upstanders -- incredible people who change lives for the better. Lindsay conducts interviews, writes original pieces, and supervises all of The Upstander Project's content.
As a sports writer and broadcaster, Lindsay brings the experience of a woman who has worked in a male-dominated field to her Upstander work. Her favorite part of advocacy work is empowering people of all genders, particularly younger kids, to understand the way that their actions impact the conversation around sexual violence.
Through her writing, Lindsay often explores the way that both rhetoric and sports impact rape culture.
As a journalist, Lindsay's favorite stories to cover are about organizations or individuals who help other people. She has always felt that positive news stories inspire people to do good work themselves. In 2016, Lindsay applied that concept, and her media expertise, to found The Treasury Media, a strategy and PR firm that helps businesses that improve lives both develop and showcase how they give back. While she no longer works full-time as a journalist, you might still see her on TV, contributing to coverage of advocacy and PR-related stories.
Lindsay holds two degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a lifelong basketball player who says that the only part of her game that could really use improvement is her windmill dunk.
You can reach out to Lindsay at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can contact her agent, Seth Mayeri, at email@example.com to book her to speak at your school or station.
Community Outreach Manager, The Upstander Project
As the fastest hurdler and team captain of the UC Santa Barbara Track Team, Hallie proudly represented the UCSB Athletic community as an advocacy-based ambassador for the entire campus of 20,000+ students. Hallie was honored to lead and educate fellow students about consent, sexual violence, and prevention.
At The Upstander Project, Hallie manages community outreach, arranging school visits, educational events, and speaking engagements. Her passion lies in preventing sexual violence through education and compassion.
Throughout her time at UCSB, Hallie won countless awards for her performance both in the classroom and on the track, including the prestigious Golden Eagle award, given to a single athlete on each Division-I UCSB team who best exemplifies both academic and athletic excellence.
Hallie is also a certified yoga instructor, teambuilding consultant, and media strategist. She holds two degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Please reach out to Hallie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marci A. Hamilton
Marci A. Hamilton is one of the United States’ leading church/state scholars and holds the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. Her new blog with Professor Leslie Griffin focuses on religious liberty, women’s rights and children’s rights. She also hosts RFRA Perils, which tracks free exercise statutes in all 50 states and the federal government. Professor Hamilton published God vs. the Gavel: The Perils of Extreme Religious Liberty in 2014.
Professor Hamilton is also an author and lecturer on the protection of vulnerable children from institutions, and a national leader and advocate for legislative reform of statutes of limitation reform through her website, SOL Reform. She is the author of Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children (Cambridge), and is a bi-monthly columnist for Justia.
Professor Hamilton has been honored as one of Pennsylvania’s Women of the Year; received the National Crime Victim Bar Association’s Frank Carrington Champion of Civil Justice Award; the E. Nathaniel Gates Award for outstanding public advocacy and scholarship; and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Pro Bono Legal Service to veterans groups. She clerked for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Dr. Beth A. Haggett, Ph.D. MSW, LCSW
Beth Haggett is a psychotherapist, researcher, consultant, coach and facilitator of deep personal growth and learning. She has a PhD in Mind-Body Medicine from Saybrook University, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Walla Walla College and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Washington State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She has advanced training in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Addictions, Emotionally Focused Marriage Therapy, Family Systems, Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy, Clinical Hypnosis, and Psychoneurobiology.
Beth works as an Integrative Psychotherapist with adults, couples and adolescents in Midway. Utah. She serves clients struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual abuse, and despair; and assists individuals in the healing of body, mind and spirit.
Beth is passionate about personal and organizational health and believes that both require a foundation of positive relationships. She has created a Coaching Curriculum for Customer Support Organizations that is considered “Best Practices” in the field of Technical Support. She is on the training staff of The Consortium for Service Innovation and Help Desk Institute.
Beth resides in Midway, Utah where she enjoys time with her husband, grown children and grandchildren, time with her friends and time riding her Azteca horse in the Uintas Mountains.