WHO IS KRISTINE IRWIN?
Kristine found that one way to heal from her experience of sexual violence was through speaking about it. In 2006 she joined RAINN's (Rape, Abuse, Incest Nation Network) Speaker's Bureau, and began the next step in her healing process.
Since 2006, she has spoken at the University of Delaware, University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University, Bowling Green State University, Carlow University,Shippensburg University, Point Park University, was featured in the Post-Gazette, and the Penn State Alumni Blog and was interviewed by Pittsburgh 100.7 Star's very own Melanie Taylor, and Kel on Air. Kristine released her first book in 2018 titled: Voices of Hope.
In 2015, Kristine began an organization called Voices of Hope(VOH). The organization recently joined forces with her family's non-profit, Wings of Hope. VOH is now a subsidiary of Wing of Hope. Her goal by being a non-profit is to educate on sexual violence prevention. Kristine was nominated and one of Pittsburgh's 40 under 40 class of 2016.
So far Voices of Hope has been able to help numerous people in many ways including: collecting over 1,800 Christmas cards to be sent to Rape Crisis Centers and shelters throughout the United States, and over $1,000 in Holiday gifts for one local shelter. Voices of Hope's most recent project is the "Consent Coaster Campaign," which kicked off in 2017 during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. They were able to distribute 5,000+ coasters that educated on consent to 5 Pittsburgh Restaurants, and to schools and organizations nationwide.
Kristine resides in Pittsburgh with her loving husband, son, and daughter.
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As the Executive Director, for the Pittsburgh Human Resource Association (PHRA), Kristine and I have worked together in various capacities. Kristine began as a volunteer committee member, 4 years ago, and quickly became the Chair of our Networking Committee, rapidly advancing our Board initiatives. Most recently Kristine presented “The Silent Crime: What your organization needs to know about domestic and sexual violence in the workplace.”
"Kristine’s presentation provided the participants with applicable well-structured knowledge leading to an immediate impact within their organizations. For example, participants learned the definitions of workplace, sexual, and domestic violence? When does sexual and domestic violence become a workplace issue? The costs of violence in the work place. What you can do as an employer? How to respond to a co-worker who might be going through an abusive relationship or a sexual assault? And resources to help you through any of the challenges related to domestic and sexual violence in the workplace."
"The pace of her presentation is brisk and the manner in which she conveys the information makes the content easy to absorb. She possesses first-hand knowledge that is not readily available in books and not commonly heard from others. Kristine’s personality allows her to cater to a myriad of different personalities and professional backgrounds."
"In conclusion, I would emphasize that Kristine is a very unique individual that would be a substantial asset to any business fortunate enough to acquire her speaking skills. Kristine will combine useful, practical information and resources to provide a presentation with many immediately useful take-a ways.As the Executive Director, for the Pittsburgh Human Resource Association (PHRA), Kristine and I have worked together in various capacities. Kristine began as a volunteer committee member, 4 years ago, and quickly became the Chair of our Networking Committee, rapidly advancing our Board initiatives. Most recently Kristine presented “The Silent Crime: What your organization needs to know about domestic and sexual violence in the workplace.”
"Kristine’s courage to speak at our event about her personal experiences was inspirational for many. By sharing her story, Kristine offered a face to the issue of sexual assault and harassment that we were there to recognize and bring awareness to. Her ability to articulately describe her experiences, emotions, and actions that she took to overcome adversity will enable her serve as a role model for others. Not only that, but she was great to work with and she was always reliable."
"Our group, representing members from the greater Pittsburgh region, find her style to be engaging and informative and her evaluations indicate a high regard for her and the information provided. "
“Ms. Irwin has been a speaker at several events associated with PAAR and sexual violence and she never fails to deliver her message in an engaging and authentic manner. Her personal experience, while incredibly tragic, gives her a credibility with a variety of crowds and I feel helps them connect with her. Her presence in front of a crowd is both powerful and approachable, a very hard balance to achieve.”
Ashley Bright - Development & Marketing Coordinator at Pittsburgh's Action Against Rape
"Kristine spoke at one of our chapter meetings and we were so impressed with not only her passion but also the importance of her message that we asked her to speak at our annual Leadership Symposium in April, 2017. We have received very positive feedback from the powerful message, the helpful advice to those HR folks who are facing domestic violence issues in the workplace, and the resources made available now through better awareness. Personally, after hearing Kristine speak, I was able to provide informational posters for all five of our locations as well as guidance to an employee who was currently involved in a domestic situation. Just attending to have these resources now available was invaluable to me as an HR department who wants to be an advocate for the employees. I would not hesitate to recommend Kristine to other organizations and/or workplaces who want to learn more about combating this issue."
- Amy Noon, Program Director for Human Resources Association of the Alleghenies
Working with Kristine was absolutely amazing. She was so willing to work with our needs for Carlow's orientation and made everything as easy as possible. Not to mention she is incredibly nice! Having her come speak and share her story not only impacted our first year students, it really resonated with them. For the first time in my three years of being a First Year Mentor and orientation leader, this was the first time I ever witnessed students come up to a speaker and thank her for her time and for sharing her story. It was absolutely amazing hearing Kristine speak; the strength this woman has is amazing and it really impacts everyone who gets the opportunity to hear her story. I absolutely recommend hearing her speak to everyone!
Jessica Smith, Carlow University Office of Campus Life