11: Thistle Farms with Becca Stevens
Becca Stevens is a nonprofit leader, entreprenuer, priest, survivor, and founder and President of Thistle Farms. She has founded 13 nonprofits and justice enterprises, mentored another 70, and has raised over $75 million to support them. Becca has authored 12 books and sold over 300,000 copies. She has served as chaplain at St. Augustine’s Chapel on Vanderbilt’s campus for almost 30 years. Becca has been featured on PBS NewsHour, The Today Show, CNN, ABC World News, named a CNN Hero, and White House Champion of Change, and holds five honorary doctorates. Drawn from 25 years of leadership in mission-driven work, Becca leads important conversations across the country with an inspiring message that love is the strongest force for change in the world.
Thistle Farms has worked with survivors of prostitution and exploitation for over 25 years to create communities where women can heal. The model provides housing, healthcare, and employment; a network of sister organizations across the United States; and a community of advocates who believe that love is the most powerful force for change in the world. For more information, visit thistlefarms.org.
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