The executive program in Leadership Strategy for Violence & Abuse Prevention is on hold for 2021. As COVID-19 continues to reverberate across the globe, we will pause, gather information, reassess, and adapt. Whatever emerges from our reboot, we remain steadfast in the Ortner Center vision – Safe Daughters, Confident Women, Strong Society.

Introducing the Executive Program in Leadership Strategy for Violence & Abuse Prevention, the first and only executive program for people and organizations working to end violence and abuse. Whether you’re just starting out or the Executive Director of an established agency, this program will enhance your strategic leadership and management skills for more effective social impact work.


Katie Marshall

Katie Marshall

Katie Marshall was in the inaugural cohort of the Ortner Center’s Executive Certificate program in Social Impact Strategy in 2019.A guiding intention throughout her career has been supporting college students in developing more healthy and productive lives. She is a licensed professional counselor and founded StandforState, Penn State’s bystander intervention initiative. She spearheaded its inception, development, and implementation from 2013-2019. Since launching university-wide in 2016, 250+ instructors have been certified; 7000+ students, faculty, and staff have been trained; and 36%of students at the main campus can articulate steps to intervene in risky situations. She has held positions in Counseling and Psychological Services, and the Health Promotion and Wellness offices at Penn State. Marshall earned degrees in Education and Psychology from York College, Nebraska. She completed a dual-title ME.d. in Counselor Education and Comparative & International Education from Penn State University. She provides consultation and mentorship on developing initiatives around social impact as well as bystander intervention.

Lisa Quattlebaum

Lisa Quattlebaum

Lisa is an activist, innovator, and changemaker. Her professional leadership path has neither been linear nor without obstacle, particularly as a GenXwoman of color and single mom. Television network publicist, children’s book designer, restaurant business manager, and educator are a few of her past career iterations. A native Philadelphian, Lisa lived in Asia for 12 years and holds advanced degrees inArt, Education and Social Impact Strategy. As the founder of The Homesteadista, she’s missioned to leverage narrativerich media, including solutions-based journalism, to explore the intersection of women’s leadership and urban revival.
Through safe and highly collaborative spaces, she hopes to position women as instigators or social justice and vital partners in the movement to create safe, thriving, and inclusive cities.

Lordess Shabazz

Lordess Shabazz

Lordess Shabazz is a first year graduate student of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice Nonprofit Leadership Program. She currently works as the Job Development Regional Manager of Avanzar’s Displaced Homemaker and Self Sufficiency Services Program in both Atlantic and Mercer Counties of New Jersey. She advocates for the economic security and financial self sufficiency of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking survivors. She is passionate about exposing and combating the often hidden effects of financial abuse, especially within marginalized groups. She most recently participated in the Rutgers University School of Social Work’s New Jersey Victim Assistance Academy where she further developed core competencies in serving and supporting persons in crisis. As both a student fellow and teaching fellow of the Ortner Center on Violence and Abuse, she is elated to engage with the current and next generation of violence prevention practitioners.

Lindsay Young

Lindsey Young

Lindsay is the founder of the SisterGirl Collective, an organization that celebrates black women’s tradition of intergenerational gathering through storytelling. She has a passion for advocating for women and girls and sees storytelling as an effective tool for community healing, inspiration, action and understanding. She has over ten years of professional experience that includes serving as legal counsel for financial institutions, acting as Executive Director of a literacy and youth development non-profit supporting students in Ghana and advising startup companies in strategy and operational matters. Lindsay holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, a BA in Political Science from Spelman College and an Executive Certificate in Social Impact Strategy from University of Pennsylvania.


Margaret Ackerman

Samina Ahsan

Maria Altonen

Katie Amber

Shannon Dunne

Kira-Lynn Ferderber

Sarah Fitzgibbons

Alicia Fuller

Dorislee Gilbert

Sara Giza

Cindy Gross

Nayanika Guha

Laurel Soleil Lyla Lambkin

Nicole Lawrence-White

Ivette Izea-Martinez

Danielle Moore

Luisa C. Murillo

Nwando Ofankansi

Allison O’Malley

Suzannah Rogan

Alana Sacks

Khnuma Simmonds

Jackie Strohm

Natalie Teague


Genevieve Berrick

Artaga Carey

Gabrielle Crowley

Vicki Francois, Esq

Michelle Hickman Harrington

Monique Howard, EdD, MPH

Nicole Kelner

Melodie Kruspodin

Lauren Lockwood

Johnna Marcus, LSW

Katie Marshall

Lisa Quattlebaum

Sarah Sullivan

Darlene Szeles

Azucena Ugarte

Alyasha Walker

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