Today we’re talking with Jeanne Allert, Founder and Executive Director of The Samaritan Women. Jeanne shared the trials and lessons learned from starting a nonprofit from scratch in an area that has low awareness and is often not a welcomed subject in many groups – victims of sex trafficking. Her calling lead her through many challenges including developing the right staff, developing a new program around a difficult issue, and learning how to deal with and engage others in an uncomfortable topic.
Ms. Allert has a long history of entrepreneurial initiatives. Her professional background includes technical consulting in the intelligence community, distance learning, and internet consulting for nonprofits. She founded The Samaritan Women in 2007 in response to a spiritual calling to reach out to young women who have been exploited through domestic sex trafficking. She is the chief architect behind The Samaritan Women’s restorative care model and today serves as executive director for this national ministry.
The key points covered in this podcast discussion are:
- To Achieve Success You Have to be Comfortable in the Unknown
- Staying Upbeat Requires Intentional Community Building
- Uncomfortable Topics Require Persistence and Flexibility
- Don’t Panic When Starting Something New: Take Time to Find the Right People
- When the Going Gets Tough, Stay Focused
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