Sarah Pierson Beaulieu is the founder of The Enliven Project, a campaign to bring sexual violence out of the closet and lift survivors to their full potential. The Enliven Project is grounded in the idea change cannot take place unless we tell the truth about our lives, our organizations, and our social movements.
Sarah is an advisor and consultant to leaders and organizations, and writes about truth-telling and sexual violence. She has over 35 years of experience as a human and over 15 years experience in managing complex relationships and partnerships, fundraising, and systematic approaches to change. She is a survivor and a truth teller, a poet, an intuitive, wife, mom, and a loyal friend.
Previously, Sarah served as Senior Advisor to the Opportunity Nation, a campaign to increase economic opportunity in America. Opportunity Nation is a campaign of Be the Change, an organization dedicated to getting social issues unstuck through cross-partisan, cross-sector campaigns. In her capacity, she works closely with the campaign’s executive director on managing philanthropic relationships and other strategic partnerships.
Sarah serves on board of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, one of the oldest and largest rape crisis centers in the country. Sarah graduated from Brown University and has an MBA from Boston College Carroll School of Management. In her free time, she enjoys playing puzzle games on her iPhone and trying out new forms of high-intensity exercise.
Professionally, Sarah has experience leading workshops and delivering presentations and remarks to a wide variety of audiences ranging from students to executives and other leadership groups. Her style is candid, humorous, and interactive, with a focus on truth-telling and its role in your life, organization, and community. As a survivor voice, Sarah has appeared on Huffington Post Live and spoken at multiple Take Back the Night events, Jane Doe Advocacy Day, and with smaller groups and workshops as a member of the Survivor Speakers Bureau at Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Sarah also presents on building strategic partnerships, board development, fundraising, movement-building, and cross-sector collaborations.
Sample presentations and topics include:
- Dumb Questions. Smart Answers. Ask a survivor.
- Raising Funds to Support Sexual Violence
- Strategic Partnerships to End Sexual Violence
- Building a Culture of Development
- Networking for Introverts
To book Sarah as a speaker for your next event or workshop, please contact her at info (at) theenlivenproject (dot) com.
Writing and Publications
Sarah writes about leadership, collaboration and partnership, parenting, and sexual violence. Her writing has appeared on numerous blogs and publications.
The Good Men Project
- How I Stopped Being an Angry Feminist, and Started Loving Men
- Convo-Graphic: The Truth About Men and Sexual Violence
- 7 Pitfalls to Avoid When Dating a Sexual Assault Survivor
- Peanut Butter and Healing
- It’s Time Everyone Understood the Prevalence of Sexual Violence
- 7 Ways to Support a Sexual Assault Survivor Through Pregnancy and Birth
- Hey #WomenAgainstFeminism and Feminists Against #WomenAgainstFeminism: A few things we can agree on
- 5 Secrets to Parenting as Partners
- Your Weekend Guide to Watching Sports and Fighting Rape
- 5 Ways to Respond When Your Girlfriend Cries During Lady Gaga’s Oscar Performance
- What The Hunting Ground Misses About Campus Sexual Violence
- Practical Strategies for Building a Bigger Tent
- A Sexual Assault Survivor’s Reflections on Birth
- I Took My Baby to SXSW and Lived to Tell About It
Newspapers and Blogs
- Providence Journal: How Campuses Can Help Victims of Sexual Violence
- Brown Daily Herald: Frats vs Feminists
- Stanford Social Innovation Review: Real World Collaboration in Times of Polarization
- Idealware: Idealware’s Next Decade of Tips from Board Members and Expert Trainers
- Center for Effective Philanthropy: Five Simple Answers About the Opportunity Index
- The Survivor’s Project, a special project of the Philadelphia Weekly, edited by Nina and Joel Hoffman
Selected Articles About The Enliven Project
- ‘Places I Have Pumped’ Tumblr Shows The Issues One Working Mom Says We Need To Talk About
- The Truth About False Accusation of Rape Revisited
- This Rape Infographic is Going Viral. Too Bad it’s Wrong.