Ashley Bendiksen is a National Speaker, Award-Winning Activist, and Valedictorian graduate of Salve Regina University with a degree in Administration of Justice. She was also granted the SRU Mission Award as a distinguished alumni for her work to drive social and global change. As a subject matter expert and Top Youth Speaker®, Ashley offers speaking and consulting services on the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence, youth mental health, and resilience. She has been a contributing expert for major news media, is a published author, and was featured in an 8x award-winning documentary. She is also the co-founder of the Blue Hearts Project, a global storytelling platform for survivors of abuse. Ashley has been a freelance journalist for more than a decade plus serves as editor of two Aquidneck Island magazines. Additionally, Ashley is the co-founder of Island Youth Coaching which specializes in life coaching for teens and young adults. Learn more at www.ashleybendiksen.com.