Ebony’s Next Chapter

Just about one year ago, Ebony found herself at a standstill.

Her fourteen years of service in the United States Air Force had come to close, but she had a strong desire to continue serving her community. She was scouring job boards looking for purposeful, post-military civilian work, but felt overwhelmed and lost trying to figure out her next chapter in life.

Sound familiar?

We need more than clicking through job descriptions to choose our next step! When presented with so many options, we have to dig deep first. At Bootcamp, Ebony got clear on her core values and the moments in her life that most shaped her – and from there was able to set course for a purposeful, powerful future.

But that process isn’t easy, especially since we are more shaped by how we overcome adversity than how we celebrate our successes.

Ebony survived a brutal rape by a serial rapist at the tender age of fifteen. She later escaped an abusive marriage, and then in a later relationship fought through the disappointment and hurt when the courts failed to hold her abusive boyfriend accountable.

Despite all this, Ebony has never wavered, and instead sought to fight back. She has since become a strong advocate for victims of sexual assault and veterans. These issues mean so much more than politics to her – they’re personal. Ebony wanted her story to have an impact.

“Bossed Up Bootcamp helped me to find my voice,” says Ebony.

A mere month after Bootcamp, she organized the first annual sexual assault awareness forum in Prince George’s County, Maryland, which was attended by community leaders, legislators, victims, and partner nonprofits.

Since then, she founded The Next Chapter, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting victims of domestic violence and veterans looking to figure out how to move their lives forward. All this on top of landing a full-time government position with the State of Maryland!

Ebony continues to serve her community and fight on behalf of victims of sexual assault and veterans each and every day. While sometimes, she admits, she may take on too much, she finally feels so aligned in her values and day-to-day work that she has no plans to stop!

Ebony is thrilled to be currently organizing an event at the Lincoln Memorial as a part of One Billion Rising, a Valentine’s Day of action to raise awareness of violence against women.

Ebony continues to inspire and impact so many women around her – both here in the Bossed Up community and through her work. I couldn’t be more proud of her commitment to service and thrilled to see her owning her voice and her story as a way to change the world for the better.

 


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