Jam Session Interview With Indrani Goradia (Eradicating Gender Violence)

Indrani Goradia has a grand vision for the world. It's simple: eradicate gender violence globally.

Founder of Indrani's Light Foundation (ILF), a non-profit family foundation that helps women and families take steps to live empowered lives, Indrani believes the tools to eradicate gender violence are already available. Her job is simply to disseminate them thoroughly and responsibly.

As a speaker, she's addressed the United Nations and TEDx. She's involved in global discussions with prominent and influential leaders, and has joined forces with the UN on their "Orange the World" campaign.

She also puts her money where her mouth is. She's worked with women individually and in group settings from India to Houston. She's developed a program for social workers and those providing resources to victims of violence, providing them the support and care they need to carry on their work.

Indrani also walks her talk. She courageously calls herself out on recognizing moments when she has desired to make violent responses in herself, and shares her effort to change within herself -- as well as changing the world around her.

In today's Jam Session, Indrani and I jammed on the definition of violence that holds us all to a higher standard. We talked about the surprising statistics showing a prevalence for violence, even in the U.S. We discuss the ways men are powerful in this fight, and the startling reality of resources for men who are victims of violence.

We riff on ways to discern where to spend one's best efforts in addressing violence, where and when to have the conversation and share a story reminiscent of Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker and Maya Angelou.

We also dig into the truth about the degree of difficulty it takes to end gender violence, and how to make that happen.

Indrani also points to resources for anyone watching who may be living through this right now, including calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233.

This is what it's like when two soul sisters take a break to catch up over coffee to talk about empowering women, ending gender violence and ways to make the world a better place. Chill out, hang out and join us for a while. This jam session is jam packed.


Deb Owen is founder of the consultancy, Percorso, LLC and debjowen.com. From vision to execution, Deb creates + facilitates programs + strategies designed for velocity, collaborating with organizations, entrepreneurs, conscious capitalists + social enterprises to create new status quos + change the world.