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Kalyn Risker, 2012 Thrive Award Honoree


Kalyn Risker, 2012 Thrive Award Honoree

Kalyn Risker, 2012 Thrive Award Honoree

Kalyn Risker is the Founder and Executive Director of Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment, which is also referred to as SAFE. She is a Human Resource professional with over ten years experience in recruitment and retention, compliance, compensation, payroll & benefits administration. Kalyn earned her Bachelor’s of Business Administration/Human Resource Management from Davenport University and is currently attending Central Michigan University for her Masters of Science in Human Resource Administration. Kalyn Risker founded SAFE in May 2006 with the mission to equip survivors of domestic violence with the appropriate financial tools and resources needed to enable women to leave or recover from the economic portion of domestic violence.

SAFE has an accomplished background of actively providing economic empowerment and access to community resources directly to survivors of domestic violence in the Southeastern Michigan community since May 2006. Kalyn Risker is a member of several leadership and advisory committees including, National Women of Color Network – 2011 National Women of Color Economic Policy and Leadership Summit, National Network to End Domestic Violence’s Career Development Advisory Council, Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence Women of Color Taskforce, Wayne County Council Against Family Violence and Transformation Detroit.

Through Kalyn Risker’s leadership, Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment has sponsored and participated in various domestic violence awareness outreach initiatives including SAFE’s Health & Wealth Expo. Kalyn Risker is a sought after national speaker regarding economic strategies for survivors of domestic violence for local, state and national conferences. In 2009 Kalyn was requested to speak on behalf of Women’s Policy, Inc. and YWCA for a Congressional Briefing on “Economic Abuse and its Role in Domestic Violence”. Kalyn Risker has been selected to present “The Critical Component to Economic Empowerment” at the 2nd Annual World Shelter conference to be held, February, 2012 in Washington, DC. Kalyn Risker and Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment (SAFE) has received multiple honors and awards including the 2009 National Network to End Domestic Violence’s (NNEDV) “Spirit of Advocacy” award.


About The Thrive Awards: Presented by, supporters of the plus size movement are invited to the 1st Annual Thrive Awards being held in Hotel St. Regis’ La Musique Restaurant on September 23rd. is an online magazine for plus size women and during the Thrive Awards Luncheon local women will be honored for their unselfish love and dedication toward empowering and celebrating women.

If you have questions about the Thrive Awards please contact Stephanie Penn by email; [email protected]  To purchase tickets visit 
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