overcoming adversity


11, Jun, 2018

Marti MacGibbon is Opening Keynote Speaker at Arizona Correctional Educators Annual Symposium

The 2018 Arizona Correctional Educators Conference theme was, “Get Your Rockstar On!” As opening keynote speaker on June 1st, Marti delivered a high-energy, funny, and exhilarating speech peppered with punchlines, quotes from rockstars, and surefire strategies for reducing stress, amping up self-motivation, and building resiliency. Marti also delivered a breakout session that expanded on the content delivered in the keynote.

Marti got a chance to strum a giant electric guitar and surf alongside Elvis. Check out the pics on the right. She also did a book signing of both Fierce, Funny, and Female and Never Give in to Fear.

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20, Mar, 2018

Make History During Women’s History Month: Toss the Gender Stereotypes!

Women all over the world are making history. The #MeToo movement has elevated women’s voices as they stand up against sexual harassment in the workplace. Females of all ages are speaking up and speaking out on a number of issues, including equal pay, equal representation in leadership, elimination of gender bias, better prenatal and postnatal care, and justice for victims and survivors of gender-based violence.
Celebrate Women’s History Month by listening to what women are saying. We speak with music, science, art, literature, activism, advocacy, friendship, love, and justice.

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14, Feb, 2018

Why Doing Something Nice for Someone Grumpy Pays Off

February 16th is National Do a Grouch a Favor Day, a call to kindness in the name of a grouch. You can celebrate this occasion in a variety of ways — and whether you are the “grouch-er” or the “grouch-ee” doesn’t matter, your kind act will benefit you either way. We’ve all been ill-tempered, irritable, or complained too much, and we all know somebody who engages in those behaviors. There’s no shame in being a grouch: comedian Lewis Black built a very successful and celebrated career on grumpy rants.

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11, Jan, 2018

Survivor Resilience: Trauma Resolution, Empowerment, and Recovery (Part Two)

Often when I speak as an anti-trafficking advocate, people ask me, “How can we stop this terrible crime?” Or they exclaim, “We’ve got to arrest all the traffickers! Locking them up will solve this problem right away.” Law enforcement is key, but law enforcement alone is not the answer. When we look at the global crime of human trafficking, we realize that it is one of the most important human rights issues of our time. But we cannot examine this problem as separate from other factors.

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Survivor Resilience: Overcoming Human Trafficking, Trauma, and Addiction (Part One)

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January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
Human trafficking is a complicated and potentially overwhelming issue. It is not for the faint of heart. The global struggle can appear impossible to win. But it is not impossible to create positive change. I’ve seen this firsthand, as a survivor, advocate, clinician, and leader. As a survivor, I am often asked, “How did this terrible thing happen to you?” Here, in the first of two consecutive blog posts, I will recount my personal story of surviving trafficking and intimate partner violence, listing the vulnerabilities to my being trafficked.

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