New York Times Best-Selling author and domestic violence advocate
Latus is an award-winning journalist, author and advocate, best known for her
memoir, If I Am Missing or Dead: a sister’s story of love, murder and
liberation, but Latus has had a long career of satisfying curiosity – her own
and her readers’. She has crawled under George Washington’s mother’s chair to
count chisel marks and busked on the streets of Chicago to write about what
it’s like to sing for your supper. She has galloped the beaches of the
Dominican Republic, studied the science of oyster farming and given over an
entire evening to the pleasures of a perfect night of sushi, all to gather the
kind of you-are-there details that make a story sing.
Her work has appeared in O, the Oprah magazine, More, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Parents, All You, American Baby and the inflight magazines for US Air, American Airlines, Continental and TWA. Her commentaries have aired on Public Radio International’s Marketplace, and she routinely speaks at conferences, workshops and press events on things as far apart as domestic violence and the joy of selecting the perfect verb. She has taught at the Missouri School of Journalism and at East Carolina University, and at writing workshops in Missouri, North Carolina, Wisconsin and now in Virginia.
She continues to have magazine story adventures while working on a new book.
Interface Children & Family Service’s Domestic Violence Champion for Change Award
Maureen Shea is a 2x World Champion Boxer, and motivational speaker, originally from Bronx, New York, now based in Oxnard, California.
Highly recognized for her work as Hillary Swank’s main sparring partner for her award winning role, Maureen is known as “The Real Million Dollar Baby.” For nearly a decade, Maureen has been using stories from her own personal and professional experiences in and out of the ring. Combining her stories of overcoming many obstacles, including being a victim of abuse to achieve her current success.
Maureen is extremely passionate about her work in Domestic violence prevention. Having a near death experience at the hands of an abuser, finding boxing as an outlet and tool to strengthen her, gave her a drive to help those is need.
“No one deserves to be abused or mistreated, there was a point in my life where I thought I did. Having survived a near death experience at he hands of my abuser, gave me more of a reason to help others who don't feel there is a way out or who feel they are getting what they deserve. My mission is to help domestic violence victims find their self worth and inner strength and know who they are and were before the abuse.”
Maureen has always shared her story of how boxing saved her life and helped her get out of her abusive relationship. From podcasts, to mainstream media such as The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, CNN, Maureen has been able to reach millions, by sharing her story of Domestic Violence survival through boxing.
Maureen connects with her audience in a way that empowers them to face their challenges, change their lives and be determined to succeed. Her stories captivate the audience and her unforgettable message leaves them inspired.