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Cultivating Brilliance Speakers: Empowering Survivors during 16 Days of Activism

Updated: Nov 20, 2023

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is

an annual international campaign that shines a light on the issue of violence against women. It runs from November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10th, Human Rights Day. Broken to Brilliant, an Australian registered not-for-profit charity founded by domestic violence survivors, plays a crucial role in supporting survivors on their journey to recovery, healing, and rebuilding their lives. One of our initiatives is the Cultivating Brilliance Survivor Series, where guest speakers from various backgrounds share their insights, knowledge, and personal experiences to empower domestic violence survivors. In this blog post, we'll introduce you to some of the incredible guest speakers who have been part of this series and the speakers coming up during the 16 Days of Activism.


Cultivating Brilliance: Empowering Survivors

In 2021, the Broken to Brilliant Research and Education Committee launched the Cultivating Brilliance Survivor Series, an empowering online educational initiative that invites guest speakers to present ways for domestic violence survivors to heal, recover, and rebuild their lives. The aim is to help SHAPE the path that lies ahead for domestic violence survivors. The guest speakers share their insights, professional knowledge, and personal experiences to provide Support, Hope, Assistance, Practical tools and empowerment. These sessions are held online during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. The speakers generously donate their time and expertise to help survivors rebuild their lives after domestic violence. These sessions provide valuable insights and practical tools for survivors to shape their economic future, overcome obstacles, and achieve personal and professional growth.


Brilliance Wheel powered by stories.

When we invite speakers to join our Cultivating Brilliance Survivor Series, we encourage them to link their presentations to our powerful framework, the Broken to Brilliant - Brilliance Wheel. This wheel is the result of our research and a deep understanding of the journey from fear and trauma to happy and fulfilling lives for domestic violence survivors.


This framework is based on the wisdom we've gained from the first three books we've published – 'Broken to Brilliant,' 'Terror to Triumph,' and 'Shattered to Shining.' Within these 96,000 words lie the stories of domestic violence survivors who have courageously shared their journeys. From these stories, we identified the top 10 themes for domestic violence survivor recovery, which were presented at the 2019 Stop Domestic Violence conference (see diagram 2). These themes serve as the foundation for our Mentorship program and provide a roadmap for survivors.


The top ten themes we've identified are:

1. Lifelong Learning

2. Self-Knowledge

3. Supports

4. Safe Nurturing Home

5. Financial Fitness

6. Designing the Future

7. Physical Health

8. Meaningful Connections

9. Spiritual Growth

10. Personal Growth


These themes represent the key aspects of a survivor's journey from trauma to triumph. When we ask our guest speakers to connect their presentations to these themes, we are ensuring that the knowledge and insights they provide align with the fundamental elements of recovery. This approach not only enriches our Cultivating Brilliance Survivor Series but also empowers survivors with practical tools and guidance that are rooted in the experiences and research we've gathered over the years.


Inspiring past lineup


Prior Speakers who have generously shared their expertise in the Cultivating Brilliance Series include:

Our Cultivating Brilliance series for 2023


Marnie Louise: Intuitive Life and Business Coach


On Sunday, November 26th, via Zoom at 7 pm, our guest is Marnie Louise, who empowers women to recognize their worth, prioritize themselves, and achieve their full potential. "Asset You. Discover her personal transformation journey through Gratitude and Real Amazing Women - RAW. Remember, happiness is a journey, not a destination.


Marnie is an Intuitive Life and Business Coach and will share her expertise with survivors. With a diverse background in small business development, finance, and coaching, Marnie brings a unique skill set to help individuals in business and life. She founded The Power of Gratitude Project, My Money Mindset Program, and Real Amazing Women (RAW) online retreat, where she promotes holistic well-being and helps women recognize their worth, know their value, and achieve their potential. Marnie is dedicated to breaking down barriers, driving change and empowering women to thrive.


RAW: Real Amazing Women online retreat

Broken to Brilliant invites you to join the RAW Retreat, a powerful online experience dedicated to self-discovery, empowerment, and unity. This retreat celebrates stories, shares strength, and makes empowerment its mantra.


Join this inspirational journey on Sunday, December 3rd, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm AEST. It's a morning of inspiration, connection, and transformation, where you can be part of a community that uplifts and empowers women.


You can also enjoy your Bonus Bundle: Tools, tips, tricks, resources, & speakers' stories. Enter for a chance to WIN an exclusive print 'In-Disguise,' by the renowned artist Nekea Blagoev from Get Smashed Art. There are door prizes and giveaways, all for just $47, and 50% of all proceeds are donated to Broken to Brilliant - Women Supporting Women.


Maria Rooney: Feminine Healer and Intuitive Guide


On Thursday, December 7th, from 7-8 pm, our guest is Maria Rooney, a Feminine Healer and Intuitive Guide who will share her supportive and practical approach to 'Letting Go' to help domestic violence survivors on their journey towards healing, self-empowerment, and reclaiming their lives.


'Letting Go' for domestic violence survivors can be a complex and deeply personal process that involves emotional, psychological and practical aspects. 'Letting Go' is not about forgetting or forgiving the abuser. This is about you and it signifies your journey towards healing, self-empowerment, and reclaiming one's life.


'Letting Go' is a unique and ongoing journey marked by cycles of progress and setbacks, ultimately leading to empowerment, self-discovery, and freedom from the trauma of domestic violence.


Maria helps survivors experience true self-love and acceptance, free from past pain, trauma and conditioning. She guides them on a journey to heal once and for all. Maria's personal experience of escaping a 20-year abusive relationship and her path to healing is truly inspiring. Through individual healing sessions, coaching, aura reading, intuitive guidance, and energy healing, she supports survivors on their path to a life filled with peace, love, joy, and freedom.


A Stronger, More Resilient Community of Survivors

The Cultivating Brilliance Survivor Series is a powerful platform that brings together inspiring guest speakers who share their knowledge and personal experiences to empower domestic violence survivors on their journey to recovery and healing. The 16 Days of Activism provides an opportunity for survivors to connect, learn, and heal together, with Broken to Brilliant providing survivors with empowering tools. Join the online RAW retreat and the Cultivating Brilliance Survivor Series to be part of this inspiring journey toward empowerment and healing.



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