Dozens of survivors spoke up against Harvey Weinstein and this week women took to their keyboards with the hashtag #metoo to begin to put into words the amount of sexual assault women are forced to face on a daily basis. While this isn't a new narrative, it is clear that women are ready to talk about & actively fight against this abuse. On November 15th, Uplift Studios will be hosting the next of our Strong Women Uplift Each Other series, focused on Women & Violence. We know that talking about assault and abuse sometimes feels impossible, but our lives and our loved one's lives literally depend on it.
The night will be led by Uplift's Philanthropy Coordinator, Cassie Gilling, moderated by Laurice Adams. Special guest Zoe Lepage from Exhale to Inhale.
Laurice Adams is a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and received her Master’s Degree from New York University in drama therapy. She completed post-graduate training at the Institute for Developmental Transformations where she eventually served as Associate Training Director for three years. Laurice worked at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City as a psychotherapist in their college-counseling center and prior to that, for over 9 years, worked at Bellevue Hospital Center in the department of psychiatry. After the birth of her daughter, she became an accredited La Leache League Leader. Laurice maintains a private psychotherapy practice in New York City in the Madison Park area where she works with adults, adolescents, and new parents.
Born with boundless energy, Zoë spent most of her early life in motion - running
between the sports field and the ballet studio. During a gap year before college, she
enrolled in a YogaWorks teacher training and was enchanted by the philosophy and
physicality of the practice. Yoga was more than just stretching and strengthening the
body; it was a window to healing the mind. During Zoë's time as a psychology major at Barnard College, she taught weekly yoga classes to her peers and found meaning in the connection she experienced with her students. During her senior year, Zoë set wheels in motion to create Exhale to Inhale, a non-profit organization that brings trauma-informed yoga to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Upon graduation, Zoë joined a boutique management consulting firm but after 2.5 years she decided to leave the corporate world behind and focus on Exhale to Inhale. Zoë is also at teacher at The Class by Taryn Toomey.
All proceeds will go towards Exhale to Inhale, a not-for-profit organization that brings trauma-informed yoga to survivors of violence.