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Strategies to Enhance Employee Resilience and Engagement within Survivor-Serving Organizations

May 14, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Employee turn-over is a challenge faced by many organizations, particularly organizations that serve survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Frequent staff changes can disrupt the quality of and capacity to serve the community and can impact an organization’s sustainability and sense of cohesion.  What strategies can survivor centered organizations utilize to attract and engage staff, mitigate burnout, and build strength and collective resilience? This webinar will feature representatives of three organizations that serve survivors of violence and trauma who will share strategies that they use to increase employee engagement as well as improve services for survivors. Facilitators will also discuss some strategies they have incorporated to help staff adapt and manage during this extraordinary public health crisis.

After this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Examine your organization’s strengths and areas for improvement as to its ability to attract and support staff;
  • Identify strategies to attract, support and continue to engage employees within organizations that serve survivors of violence and trauma;
  • Utilize tools and resources to attract and continue to engage employees; and
  • Discuss tips to address the needs of employees during the current health crisis.

Who should participate?

Executive Directors, Program Directors/Managers/Coordinators, Supervisors, and Team Leaders in OVW funded projects.


Kelly Miller, Executive Director, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence is a national presenter on movement building to end gender violence, youth engagement, accessibility and intersectionality in our work. Before joining the Idaho Coalition, Kelly represented girls and women who were impacted by violence and individuals with disabilities as an attorney with Legal Aid Society and an assistant prosecutor in a felony domestic violence/sexual assault unit in Louisville, Kentucky, and as Deputy Director with Idaho Legal Aid Services. Kelly and her partner Bob have two strong capable daughters Logan and Hunter.

Lisa Fleming, MSW, Chief Operating Officer, Rose Brooks Center has 29 years of domestic violence advocacy, leadership and program development experience. Under her leadership, Rose Brooks Center established a hospital-based advocacy program, a school-based violence prevention program, the Center’s transitional and rapid re-housing programs, a lethality assessment program for first responders, and a shelter for survivors’ pets. Areas of expertise and experience include accessibility and responsiveness to survivors with disabilities, voluntary service and low barrier rules model in residential and housing programs, trauma informed care, and organizational response to secondary trauma.

Vanisa Tabakovic, Executive Director, Tapestri came to the United States as a refugee in 1996 from war torn Bosnia. Mrs. Tabakovic joined Tapestri as Domestic Violence Legal Advocate in 2004. Tapestri advocates for immigrant and refugee families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, and exploitation. She previously worked for Refugee Family Services as the Domestic Violence Program Manager and has been working with refugees and immigrants in the domestic violence field since 1999. In 2001, she was recognized by Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence for her dedication to the work of increasing safety for women.  In 2012 Vanisa received the Refugee Woman of the year award from Refugee Women’s Network. In 2015 Vanisa received scholarship for a summer program at Harvard Business School and she successfully completed “Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management.” Vanisa also holds certification in Nonprofit Organization Management.


Jennifer White & Monica Arenas, Futures Without Violence


May 14, 2020
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


United States


Futures Without Violence