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Parlay House NYC: You’re More Than Your Biggest Mistake

November 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

At 5:30 one morning, Ivy Woolf-Turk heard a noise at her front door and opened it to find FBI agents surrounding her and her home at gunpoint, telling her that she was under arrest for conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

After serving four years of a five-year sentence in federal prison, Ivy is now a certified professional life coach and the founder of Project Liberation, building a movement to disrupt the pathways that lead women to imprisonment, literally and figuratively.

Join us as Ivy shares her vulnerable stories about how she went from a privileged life to a life behind bars, how re-entry into the real world became the fight of her life, and how discovering the power of the word “no” changed everything.

About Our Speaker:

Ivy Woolf Turk is a champion of freedom, storyteller, motivational speaker, workshop innovator and an ICF Certified Resiliency Life and Professional Coach in private practice. She is the founder of Project Liberation where she works with women across all stages of the criminal justice involvement, or who are imprisoned in their lives in one way or another. She also works with both men and women who simply feel stuck in a part of their lives and assists and supports them in using The Resiliency Method to find their way to sustainable freedom and joy.  She was featured in a recent Forbes podcast and completed a motivational speaking tour in India in April.

 Ivy is also a consultant to the Justice Advocacy Group, LLC in Alexandria, VA., a 2018 Center for Social Innovation Agent of Change Fellow, and a Founding member of the National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. She partners with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to conduct coaching groups in their Health Equity Centers.

 Ivy has a unique perspective on incarceration, homelessness and re-entry. A former exec in the advertising and real estate businesses, she found herself caught up in a situation with criminal consequences. While incarcerated at Danbury Federal Prison Camp, Ivy taught GED English literacy, Yoga, Journaling and Meditation to groups of demographically diverse women. She also co-created C.H.O.I.C.E.S, a group of Federal inmates that went out into the community to speak to at risk youth about the consequences of poor choices.  She has just been awarded a contract with Danbury to conduct Project Liberation workshops there, and will become the first formerly incarcerated woman to re-enter from the other side!!

Ivy is a proud mother of four amazing children. She has a B.S. in Communications from Boston University and a CPC from Coaching for Transformation/ Leadership that Works.


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