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Brittany Piper

Brittany Piper overcame one of the most horrific events any of us could imagine: a violent rape. Through intense reflection and the perspective gained from such an experience, Brittany decided she was not satisfied with being just a survivor, she wanted to use her story of trauma to inform, educate, and inspire.

Brittany has mastered the art of turning negatives into positives; her resolve and persistence are clear upon meeting her. She intelligently and acutely explains the importance of addressing the root causes of sexual violence in a way that can be well understood by any audience. Brittany calls out rape culture for what it is and calls upon students to help bring it to its long-overdue end. Her message of personal transformation and empowerment are sure to have a deep impact with all audiences.

 

“If we can harness our hardships with the intent to grow through what we go through…we can do amazing things.”

– Brittany Piper

Rape Culture: A Survivor’s Perspective

Brittany Piper was 20 years old when she was brutally raped by a man pretending to be a good samaritan. Now, nearly eight years later, she refuses to keep silent about this common global human rights issue. A women’s rights scholar and activist who has traversed the globe in the fight against sexual violence and women’s rights, Brittany leads a fresh and authentic discussion on the difficult topic of rape. In her keynote, Brittany sheds light on a dark and vulnerable time in her life, while offering teachable moments along the way. Her personal and moving story, blended with a non-judgmental and healthy dialogue about rape, offers students a meaningful picture of the realities of the rape culture in which they live. Brittany reveals how we all participate in rape culture, even from a young age, and helps students to understand the role they play in either perpetuating or ending the cycle. Students leave feeling empowered to not only combat sexual violence in their communities but to be a pillar of strength for the survivors around them.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • The impact that sexual violence can have on an individual.
  • The importance of reporting sexual assault.
  • How to address the community’s involvement in rape culture through such concepts as victim-blaming, bystander behavior, and rape myths.
  • How to provide healthy support and compassion to a rape survivor.

From Hardship to Leadership: Transforming Pain into Progress

There’s no getting around it; life involves tragedy and misfortune. Sometimes you’re dealt a hand from which you feel you just can’t come back; perhaps you’re dealt two, maybe even three. Brittany Piper is here to tell you that no matter your circumstances, not only can you overcome your obstacles, but you can thrive from them. In this keynote, Brittany offers herself as a prime example of successfully turning pain into progress. Despite the chapters in her life having been filled with grief and hardship, Brittany is still determined to use her pain as a motivator. By accepting the trials she endured, she was able to strengthen her character, ultimately allowing herself to become a beacon of hope and resilience for others. Brittany believes that rather than allowing hardships to curtail your future, you should utilize those obstacles as vehicles to help others. After becoming an international activist, humanitarian and social entrepreneur fighting for women’s rights, she has found a great deal of healing and resolve in her life. Brittany will be the first to tell you; she’s determined to live a courageous life, not a safe one. She wants to help you do the same.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to shift their perception of hardship from negative to positive,
  • how to utilize life’s sometimes painful events as support and teachable moments for others,
  • the power of personal growth and healing as a humanitarian, and
  • the “How To’s” of social entrepreneurship.

Meaningful Work: Redefining Your Legacy

You’re known as the generation that is most in tune with social awareness. Among you are visionaries, activists, defenders, and humanitarians. You live from your heart because compassion and empathy are ingrained in you. Your community exercises its voice through charitable events and initiatives. You have a burning desire to make a difference on your campus and in the world. So how do you carry on that calling beyond your college years?

Brittany Piper believes that now more than ever, the next generation of leaders are striving and aspiring to do more than just live, but rather live and participate with purpose. She believes this group of future leaders (millennials) prioritize social impact and fulfillment before salary. She believes this because she is a millennial. Millennials are in-tune with today’s social climate, seeded primarily from current events in our communities and our world. Millennials feel that it is their generation that will embark on the mission of social justice, advocacy, and philanthropy. But with crippling student debt, increased competition for jobs and the constant struggle of explaining themselves to older generations, some millennials lack the insight and courage to step out into their callings.

A women’s rights scholar, an international documentary photographer for nonprofits, a rape survivor, and activist, and social entrepreneur recognized by the Clinton Foundation, Brittany Piper teaches students how to identify their calling or callings and how to transform their passions and civic engagements into a meaningful career. She illustrates her trajectory of a student to entrepreneur and the role that her identity, vulnerability, studies, and advocacy played.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to explore and identify their passions and ultimately their calling(s),
  • how vulnerability and social impact are related and the importance of embracing vulnerability as a tool to live out their calling(s),
  • strategies for practicing advocacy, both on and off campus, and
  • how to create a blueprint to start their social enterprise.

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Mental, Spiritual and Body Wellness in a Millennial World: Self-care for an Aligned Life

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Brittany knows from first-hand experience the havoc that college life can inflict on student wellness. She vividly remembers the all-nighters, pumped up on stimulant medication and Red Bull. The skipping meals because she was either “too busy to eat” or trying to maintain a body image that was unrealistic. She remembers the alcohol abuse, the lack of self-worth, the constant comparison to others, and the regular around-the-clock routine of pretending to have a “perfect life.” Brittany knows what it is like to have the overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, anxiety and trying to manage those things with medications.

Unfortunately, the reality is that there is an increase in suicide, eating disorders and alcohol abuse on college campuses while students struggle to find a healthy balance between school, work and their lives in general.

Brittany is now in a place where she feels rooted in peace and acceptance. She appreciates and loves her body and is finally in-tune with her physical, mental and emotional health. She’s created a life that she is in love with and she always makes her self-work take priority over other work.

In this workshop-style program, Brittany shares with students the ways they can focus on bringing wellness to their mind, body, and spirit. She believes that the way to long-lasting wellness includes all three branches in unison. With a combination of mental health and body awareness, spiritual coaching and yoga, Brittany will guide students through an introspective lens where they can dive deep into: body alignment, personal power, vision, boundaries, gratitude, self-talk, slowing down, unplugging, practicing presence and mindfulness, the relationship between mood and food, and more.

In this space, students will be provided with supplemental journal materials that are customized around these self-care exercises, which will be practiced during the program and can be used afterward as students begin to develop their own self-care routine.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to position themselves for a present and aligned life – mentally, spiritually and physically,
  • self-care exercises to use to confront feelings of depression, stress, fear, anxiety, loneliness, and self-doubt,
  • everyday routines that allow space for mindfulness, gratitude, self-affirmation, body awareness, boundaries and unplugging,
  • ways they can nourish their bodies with foods that fuel them, rather than work against them, including a meal guide with nutrient-dense recipes,
  • how to build confidence and self-worth and how not to fall victim to society’s ideals of beauty, and
  • breathing and yoga exercises that grant space for introspective communication, connection and love.

“Brittany is relevant, straightforward and real, and represents herself, her story and her ideas with grace and clarity. Brittany has a strong understanding of sexual violence and rape culture, and speaks from the perspective of a survivor, a peer, and an accomplished world traveler and artist.”

– Sarah Diaz, Butler University

“Brittany has an incredible ability to share her experiences and connect with students. Several students commented that they benefited personally from her story, her courage, and her willingness to promote change.”

– Laura Smitch, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Sex Crimes Detective

Brittany’s Bio

Brittany Piper is a rape survivor, women’s rights scholar, and activist who has traversed the globe in the fight against sexual violence and women’s rights. A graduate of the Indiana University School of Journalism, Brittany holds a degree in Photojournalism, with a minor in Women’s Studies. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Professional Women. When she’s not traveling abroad as a social justice photographer and storyteller, Brittany is busy with her philanthropic wedding photography business, Love Conquers, which partners with two nonprofits fighting to end child marriage around the world.

Brittany Piper

A humanitarian to the core, Brittany devotes much of her time to motivational speaking and advocating for sexual violence awareness at colleges and universities. Her ultimate goal is to combine her creative documenting skills with women’s advocacy work. Brittany is already utilizing her crafts in some of the world’s most conflicted countries; she’s determined to pursue ventures that empower women and girls to live healthy and meaningful lives. Brittany will be the first one to tell you—she’s living a brave life, not a safe one.

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