BLOOMINGTON – Erika Gilchrist, award-winning motivational speaker and author, will give the keynote address at Ivy Tech’s Diversity Speaker Series event, “Domestic Violence: from Surviving to Thriving,” on Thursday, April 11 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Shreve Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Gilchrist, who creates a platform for women to share their domestic survival stories, will hear from panelists about their own survival experiences. An on-scene advocate will be present during the event to offer aid and information as needed.

Assaulted as a little girl, sleeping in a van as a young adult, and living in a women’s shelter, Gilchrist has earned the title of “The Unstoppable Woman.” As a published author of 11 books, she provides compelling, solutions-based content to empower women. She built her business from next to nothing to a successful practice, reaching more than 250,000 women in just five years. Gilchrist has mastered the art of turning hardship and adversity into a launching pad to professional growth.

“Domestic Violence: from Surviving to Thriving” is hosted by Ivy Tech’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. More information at

Ivy Tech is located on the west side of Bloomington at 200 Daniels Way.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.