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Join us for the LEAN IN NJ Conference to launch National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

We’ll address the realities of domestic violence; what to expect as a victim, survivor, parent, professional, friend, and concerned citizen.

Our intention is to go beyond the media sound bites and statistics and lean into vital information for victims to better understand the legal process when they reach out for help, for organizations to make informed decisions when recommending technology solutions, for parents to know what casual conversations may be warning signs, for employers to know legal and safety concerns when employees are victims, what laws are working their way through the legislative process, and help attendees understand how they can get involved.

Network with our speakers and sponsors, as well as other attendees to get your questions answered and build a more collaborative community.

Registered attendees will have access to a whole host of actionable resources and the event’s recorded sessions.


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2020: Times listed are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Welcome Networking:
Chat with speakers and small groups of attendees in the virtual lounge.

8:45 AM – 9:15 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
A word about the National Domestic Violence Rally, The Halo App, Sprinters, and a special appearance from Miss New Jersey!

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM
Camp HOPE for kids and why HOPE is so vital.

Presented by Casey Gwinn, The Alliance for HOPE International

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Commercial Break and Networking
Brought to you by Sprinters

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
“When Dating Hurts” The Signs Parents and Friends Should Not Ignore.
Presented by author Bill Mitchell – Based on lived experiences.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Law Enforcement. What Can And Can’t They Do?
Presented by Heather Glogolich, Law Enforcement advisor to VictimsVoice

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Commercial Break and Networking
Brought to you by The Halo App

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION: How Are Domestic Violence Cases Handled From A Justice Perspective
Domestic violence is complex and so is the justice system. Learn which courts handle what and who determines the process.

Robin Hughes
Victim Advocate
Jersey Battered Women’s Services

Jeralyn Lawrence
Civil/Family Court
Lawrence Law

Angelo Onofri
Criminal Court
Mercer County Prosecutor

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Lunch Break and Networking:
Brought to you by VictimsVoice. Grab your lunch and chat with speakers and small groups of attendees in the virtual lounge.

12:45 PM – 1:15 PM
Strangulation: What Does That Really Mean?
Presented by the Essex County Justice Center

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Considerations When Recommending Technology for Victims
Presented by Sheri Kurdakul, VictimsVoice

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
What It Looks Like When Pets Need To Escape Too
Presented by Jennifer Gregory, St.Huberts Animal Welfare Center

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Commercial Break and Networking
Brought to you by (Invited Guest)

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION: Legal and Safety Considerations When Domestic Violence Comes To Work

As an employer, there are laws governing how to handle DV situations, but safety protocols for all your employees should be in place as well.

Ayesha Hamilton
Employment Law
Hamilton Law

Glen Wilson
Internet Creations

3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Safety on Campus: Rights and Options for Student Survivors
Presented by Jessica Mertz, Executive Director of The Clery Center

3:45 PM – 4:15 PM
When Domestic Violence Is Suspected in Middle School

Presented by Nancy Phillips, School Teacher, and Hamilton Township Councilwoman

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM
PANEL DISCUSSION: Policy in NJ and Introduced Legislation

(Invited) NJ Assembly

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Next Actions and Closing Remarks

Presented by Sheri Kurdakul, CEO of VictimsVoice


Heather Glogolich

Law Enforcement Advisor to VictimsVoice

Empowering You To Believe That You Are Enough!
On October 16th, 2008, Heather's life changed forever when she was the victim of intense emotional and physical abuse by her ex-husband. Instead of succumbing to feelings of hopelessness and unworthiness, she stepped into her greatness by realizing this was an opportunity to find her strength. She took a horrific experience and has turned it into a life calling. Heather now advocates for victims of domestic violence by offering resources and speaking to people all over the country.

Jennifer Gregory

Safety Net Manager, St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center

My name is Jennifer Gregory. I started my career in animal welfare 20 years ago and have been at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center for the last 7 years. Before I came here I managed another animal shelter for 10 wonderful years. In addition I became a certified animal control officer in 2013. My position now as Safety Net Manager allows me to concentrate on doing everything I can to keep pets and their families together. I am grateful to be a part of helping victims of domestic violence protect the one constant thing they may have left in their lives, their pets!

Casey Gwinn

Casey Gwinn

President, Alliance for HOPE International, Founder of Camp HOPE

Casey Gwinn is the President and Co-Founder of the Alliance. He is the visionary behind the Family Justice Center Movement, first proposing the concept of the Family Justice Center model in 1989. Casey founded Camp HOPE America in 2003. He is a national expert on domestic violence dynamics, including investigation and prosecution, the handling of non-fatal strangulation cases, and is one of the leading thinkers in the country on the science of hope. Prior to this position, Casey was the elected San Diego City Attorney.

Ayesha Hamilton

Employment Attorney, Hamilton Law Firm PC

Ayesha Hamilton, Esq. is an attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. She founded her law practice 15 years ago and focuses on employment law, with an emphasis on representing employees in claims against their present and former employers for unfair, discriminatory, and retaliatory practices. The Hamilton Law Firm team provides knowledgeable, compassionate, and professional legal services to their individual and business clients from their offices located in Princeton, New Jersey.

Ilsy Hoo

Miss New Jersey of America

Ilsy J Hoo, 2020 Miss New Jersey for America is a mom of 2 teens, engaged, full-time employee, entrepreneur, and humanitarian.

Her love to help her community had to lead her to non-for-profits that help those in need. As a domestic violence survivor, she is passionate about bringing awareness to organizations that can bring a safe haven to those in need.

Ilsy, most recently spoke about her domestic violence experience on a podcast, Conversaciones Con Jen, and was interviewed by BELLA Latina magazine.

Robin Hughes

Robin Hughes

Crisis Response Team Project Manager, Jersey Battered Woman's Services

I am a Domestic Violence Specialist. I have been the Domestic Violence Response Team Manager for JBWS of Morris County NJ for six years. I started as a Crisis Response Team volunteer over 19 years ago. I am certified in sexual assault and victim assistance. I have met with hundreds of victims of domestic violence in crisis over the years. It is an honor to assist and connect victims to resources that can lead them to a life without violence and abuse.

Sheri Kurdakul

Sheri Kurdakul

Founder and CEO, EBinRA, Inc., dba VictimsVoice

Sheri Kurdakul is the Founder of EBinRA, Inc. dba VictimsVoice and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Formerly, she was the Managing Partner of Holistic Business Solutions, a small business, and nonprofit consulting firm. As a survivor of child abuse and domestic violence, she has devoted herself to ensuring victims of discrimination, harassment, and abuse are heard, believed, and able to seek legal justice. She resides in Central New Jersey with her husband and daughter, as well as a myriad of adopted furry family members.

Jeralyn Lawrence

Jeralyn Lawrence

Founder of Lawrence Law, Matrimonial and Family Law

Jeralyn Lawrence, founder and Managing Partner of Lawrence Law, devotes her practice to matrimonial, divorce, and family law. She is First Vice President of the New Jersey State Bar Association, slated to be President in 2022 and President-Elect of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Lawrence Law has offices in Watchung and Red Bank, New Jersey.

Jessica Merz

Executive Director, Clery Center

Jessica Mertz is the Executive Director of Clery Center, a national nonprofit dedicated to college and university campus safety. Jessica leads a team of experts in providing guidance to campus officials on how to meet standards of the Clery Act and to build effective prevention and response programs. Prior to Clery Center, Jessica spent 10 years at the University of Pennsylvania where she was the founding Director of Penn Violence Prevention, a department dedicated to preventing dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence. Jessica completed a certificate in Nonprofit Administration from the Fels Institute of Government, received her M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers, and her B.A. from St. Joseph’s University.

Bill Mitchell

Author, “When Dating Hurts”

On June 3, 2005, Bill and Michele Mitchell’s daughter, Kristin, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in her apartment outside of Philadelphia. Twenty days prior, the Mitchell family had attended Kristin’s graduation from Saint Joseph’s University.

Since then, Bill has passionately spoken out for education about the warning signs and dangerous consequences of dating violence. He has delivered speeches at high schools, colleges, and private companies. He has also been interviewed for TV, radio, podcasts, and webinars.

This year, Bill published “When Dating Hurts,” a memoir about Kristin’s murder and his family’s journey towards healing through helping others. This book contains life-saving information on ways to detect an unhealthy relationship, and how to remain safe.

Angelo J. Onofri

Mercer County Prosecutor

Angelo J. Onofri was sworn in as Mercer County prosecutor on December 28, 2016, after being appointed by Governor Chris Christie and unanimously confirmed by the New Jersey Senate. He had been serving as acting prosecutor since March 1, 2015. As the county’s chief law enforcement officer, he leads the 200-member prosecutor’s office.

Nancy Phillips

Educator and Hamilton Township Councilwoman

Nancy Phillips is Hamilton Township Councilwoman and a sixth-grade social studies school teacher. Inspired by her daughter’s challenges with a rare disease, she has been a grassroots organizer of a national organization that supports families with rare diseases. Nancy has fought against large insurance companies to get her daughter the medication she needs and will bring that same fighting spirit to standing up for Hamilton taxpayers. Nancy and her husband Rich live in Hamilton with their two daughters.


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