So far, 2023 has been very busy as RALIANCE. In addition to kicking off our latest grantee partnerships in March, reconnecting with dozens of our grantees to learn what they’ve been up to and recently closing out Sexual Assault Awareness Month with our partner, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, we are also excited to welcome you to our newest teammate.
Today we want to introduce you to Megan Owens (she/her), RALIANCE’s new Corporate Research Associate. We’ll allow her to tell you more:
RALIANCE: How will this role help serve RALIANCE’s clients and stakeholders?
Owens: My primary role at RALIANCE will be to build and maintain RALIANCE’s client partnerships. I will also be identifying opportunities for RALIANCE to further increase our impact across industries and help them create healthy and safe environments and organizational cultures that are free from sexual violence and misconduct.
RALIANCE: What is some of the work you’ve done prior to joining RALIANCE?
Owens: I have been working in the field of domestic and sexual violence for over five years, both directly with survivors and in administrative capacities. Prior to joining RALIANCE, I was at the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. I also have a background in advocacy and communications; working on grassroots advocacy campaigns, at the Missouri State Capitol, and with a variety of businesses and nonprofits on strategic communication development and digital content creation.
RALIANCE: What are you most looking forward to in joining the team?
Owens: One of the things that I am most looking forward to about working at RALIANCE is their specific focus on incorporating anti-oppression framework and culture change into their work with clients. Additionally, I am looking forward to bringing together my work with businesses and companies with my passion for ending sexual violence and abuse. By joining the team, I will have the opportunity to focus on prevention and help RALIANCE to expand the anti-sexual violence movement to include more sectors and industries.
RALIANCE: What inspired you to want to work in this area supporting survivors?
Owens: While I was earning my Master’s Degree in Social Work, our professors frequently said that our role as social workers was to work ourselves out of a job, and when I began to work with survivors, this sentiment was at the forefront of my mind.
I found working directly with survivors to be rewarding, but I began to shape my career around the goal of addressing root causes of violence and working towards systemic change. This led me to develop a passion for prevention and public policy work. When the position opened at RALIANCE, I jumped at the chance to engage more of the business community by bringing them into the movement because advocates and survivors cannot do this work alone.
RALIANCE: What question do you wish someone would ask you?
Owens: I wish that people would ask me, or anyone in this field, what drives us to sustain in this work and how they can be a part of it!
We are so excited to welcome Megan to our team!
RALIANCE is a trusted adviser for organizations committed to building cultures that are safe, equitable, and respectful. RALIANCE offers unparalleled expertise in serving survivors of sexual harassment, misconduct, and abuse which drives our mission to help organizations across sectors create inclusive environments for all. For more information, please visit www.RALIANCE.org.