Beverly Gooden

Beverly Gooden is a social activist and speaker known for her groundbreaking hashtag movement, #WhyIStayed and the author of Surviving: Why We Stay and How We Leave Abusive Relationships, which won the 2023 Nautilus Book Award in the Memoir and Personal Journey category. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the U.S. Office on Women’s Health, and TIME Magazine. She is the recipient of Investigation Discovery and Glamour magazine’s Inspire A Difference “Everyday Hero” Award and was featured in a Toyota commercial discussing her work with survivors of intimate partner violence. Beverly holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in social justice. She lives in Houston, TX with her many cactus plants.


Larissa Melo Pienkowski