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Cultivating cultural awareness, education and healing around taboo topics while building community that empowers people to raise their voice.

Upcoming Agenda: Sexual Assault Awareness, Prevention and Healing. May 15 - 19, 2017

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What Is SOS?

Speak Out Summit was created to spread awareness throughout the month of April which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This quickly evolved into a 5-day event as a way to begin having more  in-depth conversations within the virtual community on the impact of Sexual Violence.

This 5-day summit will feature expert coaches, advocates and spiritual leaders from across the country to educate you on how to have healthy conversations around Sexual Violence, equip you with the know-how to support survivors and empower survivors to release shame, guilt and fear and begin the process to healing and thriving.

Who Is SOS For?

Speak Out Summit not only brings diversity  with topics and speakers but it's also important that we cater to attendees of all spiritual practices and lifestyles. Whether you've experienced any form of Sexual Assault or you'd just like to be educated on the effect of Sexual Assault we are glad to have you. 

Who is this for? We're glad you asked...


Women and men who have experienced any form of Sexual Trauma


Family and friends who would like to learn how to better support women and men who've experienced sexual trauma


Teachers or staff within educational facilities


Women and men of all spiritual or religious beliefs and lifestyles who want to better support women and men who have experienced trauma


Parents who'd like to learn about how to begin having healthy sex positive conversations with their children


Community leaders who would like to be equipped to better support women and men who've experienced trauma


Jay Dean

Creative Director, Blogger, Podcaster + Advocate for Women

Chicago, IL

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A serial entrepreneur with sass and edge, Jay Dean is a dynamic woman with an impressive range of experience.  She's known as the "Jane of all trades", a community leader, mentor and business developer. Jay is known for her passion for building creative ideas from the ground up up and having bold, authentic conversations that empower women and men to rise.

Many love Jay for her enthusiasm, optimism, and willingness to go above and beyond to manifest what she desires to experience in the world while being commited to helping people face fears, overcome the adversities of life and break down the barriers preventing them from reaching their full potential. Jay has facilitated conferences, workshops, and seminars on Sexual Violence and Prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention and has mentored young girls through programs within the Chicago Public School system. She has a relentless passion for helping women heal and believes that authentic sisterhood can transform the lives of women in powerful ways.

Jay's work in the Sexual Violence Prevention arena came from her own experience with Sexual Violence when she was 20 years old. It is now her mission to show and teach women that experiencing trauma doesn't have to be the end of their story and that you can reclaim your power and THRIVE.



Dr. Angela Thibeaux

Apostle, Author + Trainer Angela Thibeaux Ministries

Chicago, IL

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Dr. Angela Thibeaux is a Senior Pastor, experienced conference speaker, entrepreneur, mentor and founder of Angela Thibeaux Ministries. Angela has been in ministry for 16 years and Pastor’s His Glory International Covenant Ministries in Chicago. She received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Education and Training from Southern Illinois University, an honorary Masters’s and Doctorate of Theology from Grace Theological Seminary in South Carolina.

Dr. Angela completed a 3-year Developmental Internship as a Church Planting Resident with New Community Covenant Church in  Chicago and pursued her Master’s of Divinity from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. She is veteran of the U.S Navy, host of the “Apostle’s Heartbeat Broadcast” on the Christ Family Apostolic Network and soon to be published author who teaches and empowers men and women to live authentically, from the inside out.

DJ Burr

Psychotherapist, ABLE LLC

Seattle, Washington

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D.J. Burr is a licensed psychotherapist, behavioral addiction specialist, author, and speaker on the topics of behavioral addictions and male sexual abuse and assault. He owns ABLE Counseling Services, LLC in Seattle, WA. He is a qualified leader in his field and  fearless when it comes to talking about difficult topics such as sexual abuse and addiction. He is a survivor and a person in long-term recovery - giving him the ability to empathize with his therapy and coaching clients, as well as the listeners to his podcasts Journey On: Men Healing from Sexual Abuse & Assault and Making an Addict. In 2014, D.J. published his memoir, I Just Wanted Love: Recovery of a Codependent, Sex and Love Addict to rave reviews. His ability to relate makes D.J. one of the most sought after therapists in Seattle, but he humbly insists he is "perfectly imperfect" like everyone else. He does proclaim proudly, "This is the best work I have ever done." D.J is a man on a mission - to help individuals heal one day at a time.

Ashley Manta

Writer, Speaker, Facilitator , Cannasexual

San Diego, California

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As a professional sex educator, writer, coach and facilitator. Ashley helps people navigate typically taboo topics to make sure they are interacting, loving, and feeling their best in and out of the bedroom. By creating a safe space for people to feel and be heard, Ashley works on softening the restrictive boundaries holding clients back from being their best selves—and doing so in a way that makes people incredibly comfortable. As a trained rape crisis counselor, former victim advocate, and former Clery Center peer educator, Ashley is skilled at breaking down complex ideas into digestible pieces with regards to consent and sexual violence prevention.

Reid Mihalko

America's Favorite Sex Geek, Reid About Sex

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America's favorite sex geek, Reid Mihalko of ReidAboutSex.comRelationship10x.com, and Sex10xOnline.com helps adults and college students create more self-esteem, self-confidence and greater health in their relationships and sex lives using an inspiring mixture of humor, keen insight, and comprehensive sexual health information.

Reid is a sought after speaker frequently speaks at colleges and universities across the country on sexual assault prevention and healthy relationship skills, and regularly appears in the media sharing his views on consent, dating, and shame-free sexuality. He has presented and keynoted at dozens of conferences and his workshops and college lectures have been attended by close to 50, 000 men and women.

He has appeared in media such as Netflix' Chelsea Does... with Chelsea Handler, Oprah's Our America With Lisa Ling on OWN, the Emmy award-winning talk show Montel, Dr. Phil's The Doctors on CBS, Bravo's Miss Advised, Fox News, in Newsweek, VH1, Showtime's Penn & Teller's Bulls**t!, Seventeen, GQ, The Washington Post, and in twenty-seven countries and at least fourteen languages.


Sarah Layden

Director of Advocacy Services , Rape Victim Advocates

Chicago, IL

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Sarah Layden is the Director of Advocacy Services with Rape Victim Advocates.  In her role as Director of Advocacy Services, Sarah supervises 8 direct service Legal/Medical advocates, a RVA’s Advocacy Volunteer Manager and our 24-hour hospital crisis support program (which consists of nearly 180 volunteer advocates).  Since joining RVA in 2008, Sarah has directly worked with and supervised the provision of advocacy services for over 2000 survivors. She is a sought after trainer, who has personally facilitated and ensured the training of nearly 2500 law enforcement officers and prosecutors on issues related to working with sexual assault and abuse survivors.

In addition, she has also overseen the training of more than 1,500 medical professionals in RVA’s 14 partner hospitals.  In 2014, Sarah co-authored RVA’s first training supplement for hospital emergency room staff.  In recognition of her work on behalf of survivors of sexual violence, Sarah was chosen as a recipient of the 2010 Cook County State’s Attorney Office Victim Services Award and has been featured on CBS and NBC local and national news.  Sarah co-chairs the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault Public Affairs Committee and is an active member of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Sexual Assault Advisory Group, as well as the Attorney Generals Task Force on Improving the Investigation and Prosecution of Sex Crimes.

She attended the University of Illinois at Chicago where she earned a degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice and is a current student at DePaul University College of Law.  She has completed 40 hours Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training for adults and pediatrics, 40-hour domestic violence training, and advanced training on victim advocacy, stalking, sexual assault and domestic violence.  She is committed to ensuring survivors have a voice within the institutions they choose to access for support and justice.

Stacey Herrera

Writer + Speaker , The Sensuality Project

San Pedro, California

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Stacey is a writer and speaker from San Pedro, California. She is also the creator of The Sensuality Project, a lifestyle movement for women. Her sensuality focused work helps women to enjoy their bodies, cultivate conscious relationships and live delicious wholehearted lives.

She loves having shame- free conversations around subjects that should be shameless because "life is sexually-transmitted" and she believes that the main ingredient in fulfillment is full expression.

Maisha Hudson

Sensuality Coach, Sensual Energy Alchemy

New York

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Maisha is a Sensual Energy Alchemist who shows women, men, and couples how to transform their energy into ecstasy, and to create lives they want to make love to. She believes better sex and healthier relationships make for happier lives. Maisha combines her knowledge and study in the areas of psychology, tantra, sexual health, and fitness, with her training as an energy worker, intuitive, and spirit guide, to facilitate inner healing and balance for her clients. When she's not guiding women and men toward more orgasmic lives, Maisha can be found dancing, meditating, or baking for her children.


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The Speak Out Summit has partnered with Rape Victim Advocates, a rape crisis center in Chicago who provides legal, medical and mental health advocacy services to survivors of Sexual Violence. We are excited to support their mission of helping survivors heal and will be donating 50% of  your  ticket purchase to their cause.

Learn more about Rape Victim Advocates below.

Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the healing and empowerment of sexual assault survivors through non-judgmental crisis intervention counseling, individual and group counseling, and medical and legal advocacy in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. RVA provides public education and institutional advocacy in order to improve the treatment of sexual assault survivors and to effect positive change in policies and public attitudes toward sexual assault.

Rape Victim Advocates Values:

  • Providing consistent, comprehensive and victim-centered services which address the needs of the populations we serve
  • Promoting a healthy, stable, and financially diverse workplace that encourages and supports staff
  • Working with marginalized and disempowered communities
  • Demanding accountability for individuals and institutions who have a responsibility to serve the community
  • Promoting prevention efforts to de-stigmatize and de-mythify sexual violence
  • Strive to support each person involved in this movement and to understand intersections of all oppressions and how they contribute to a rape culture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I upgrade to the All Access Pass?

The All Access Pass allows you unlimited access to ALL virtual summits along with perks such as downloadable material and resources from Keynote Speakers, MP3 versions of the session so you can listen on the go, special discount offers from Keynote speakers, LIVE free and discount trainings with experts from around the world throughout the year and more.

I signed up for a free ticket. Does that mean it's REALLY free?

If you claimed your free ticket, that means you get access to ALL videos from the summit for 24 hours from its schedule showing. After 24 hours the summit sessions will be inaccessible to free attendees. If you'd like more time to watch  summit sessions and you'd like to enjoy the benefits that come with being a member of SOS, you can upgrade to the ALL ACCESS PASS at anytime. 

What is your refund policy?

Due to the nature of the Summit (proceeds being donated and because you'll able to view the summit right away with unlimited access if you've), we do not allow refunds on any purchases.  However, if there is something you believe can be improved within the Speak Out Summit, we gladly welcome your feedback. Please email us at support@speakoutsummit.com

What happens if I miss one of the Keynote Speaker summit session?

We know that life happens and there may be a possibility that you may not be able to attend every session. This is why we created the membership site. If for some any reason you miss any of the summit sessions, you will always have the option to upgrade your ticket to the ALL ACCESS PASS which gives you unlimited access to all of the summit sessions, session worksheets, and special offers from Keynote Speakers. 

Do I need to be a survivor of Sexual Violence to attend the summit?

No. The summit was created to educate non-survivors, community members, staff of educational facilities...you get where I'm going with this. SOS is for EVERYONE. Whether you're a survivor, want to learn how to better support survivors or interested in learning more about how Sexual Violence effects women and men, this summit is for you.

What if I'm unable to watch the summit sessions at the scheduled times?

I'm glad you asked! If you have an ALL ACCESS PASS, you get unlimited access to the summit. That means you access any of the summit sessions at whatever time you'd like. 

Where is the virtual summit held?

The Speak Out Summit is being held wherever you are. This is a virtual summit so all you need is a laptop or phone and wi-fi access to attend.

I am a survivor of Sexual Violence and I would like to share my story.

AWESOME! We're always excited to hear from survivors. Your story empowers other survivors to share their story and to stand up, speak out and make a difference. We're always looking for women and men to interview for our Thrivers Stories Segment. Please email thriverstories@speakoutsummit.com for more information.

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