Letter from RALIANCE: Celebrating Our History-Making Founders

RALIANCE's managing partners

Hello readers – Women’s History Month is a time to honor the women who have led the way to create a better world, as well as those who continue to do so today.

Throughout history, female trailblazers have tackled some of society’s biggest challenges. But no matter their pursuit, they had to overcome systemic barriers in the process of effecting change. For too long, systems of power – in governments, corporate board rooms, and many other institutions – barred women from leadership and kept power in the hands of the privileged few.

Yet brave women have increasingly claimed positions of leadership, driven by their missions and by their fellow women. We’re proud to call three such women our very own founders.

The women who came together to form RALIANCE in 2015 had a bold vision: end sexual violence in one generation. Karen Baker, CEO of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC); Monika Johnson-Hostler, Executive Director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) and President of the National Alliance Ending Sexual Violence (NAESV); and Sandra Henriquez, Executive Director of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) collectively brought more than seven decades of experience to realize this vision.

Together, the founders secured a multimillion seed investment from the National Football League that made RALIANCE a reality. But what drove their bold mission?

This month, we’ll sit down with all three of our co-founders to discuss what inspired them to join the fight against sexual violence, their assessment of where that fight stands today – and their perspective on where it’s heading. Check back throughout the month to read their insights!

RALIANCE provides consulting, assessment, and employee development services to help build more equitable workplace cultures and create environments free from sexual harassment, misconduct and abuse. We stand ready to support your organization’s goals – contact us today at [email protected] to get started.

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