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.
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.