Salt Lake City—The Elizabeth Smart Foundation (ESF) has released its third season of Smart Talks. Smart Talks is a weekly podcast where survivor and advocate Elizabeth Smart interviews therapists in different modalities, survivors of trafficking and abuse, and experts in the field of anti-violence as they share resources and stories empowerment, recovery and hope. The first two episodes of season three are available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts and elizabethsmartfoundation.org.
“Smart Talks is about feeling empowered and learning more about sexual violence and how to better support survivors,” says Smart. “Every episode truly makes a difference, and I’m so grateful to the individuals and organizations who come to speak about what they’ve been through and what they’re doing to make an impact. It’s an honor to be a part of these conversations.
In the introductory episode, “Expanding Our Impact,” Smart shares what his foundation has accomplished since the last season of Smart Talks. One of the main events happened earlier this year when the ESF officially partnered with the Malouf Foundation™. The Malouf Foundation™ co-founders, Sam and Kacie Malouf, appear in Season 3 Episode 2, “Using Business as a Force for Good,” and explain why they chose to fight exploitation sexuality and what initiatives they carry out, including the monitors™ anti-trafficking training.
“The beginning of The Malouf Foundation™ was focused on donating bedding to people in need through our for-profit company, Malouf Companies™. There came a time when we became more aware of sexual exploitation and trafficking, and we recognized we had a platform to speak from,” Sam Malouf says in Smart Talks. “It can be easy to feel overwhelmed working in this space, but from a two-way perspective. long term, there are many ways to continue to have an impact, and that’s what we want to do.
The star guests of the third season of Smart Talks will include survivor leaders and advocates like Kara Robinson Chamberlain. At age 15, Chamberlain was kidnapped by whom she would later discover was a serial killer. After 18 hours in captivity, Kara escaped her captor and later helped police identify her. Kara is now an advocate for other survivors and has worked in law enforcement as a school resource officer, investigator, and victim advocate.
In her Smart Talks interview, which launches July 11, Chamberlain shares with survivors of sexual violence, “The most important thing is to really give yourself the grace and the space to be who and where you are. Don’t compare your journey to someone else’s. Don’t compare your trauma to someone else’s and really take your healing one day at a time.
Other guests coming to Smart Talks include Tiffany Roe, founder and owner of Mindful Counseling in Utah; Dr. Rebecca Bailey, founder and director of Transitioning Families in California; Dawn Hawkins, CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE); and Abby Cox, First Lady of Utah. To subscribe or listen to the Smart Talks podcast, visit elizabethsmartfoundation.org. Episodes are also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts.
If you or a loved one have been affected by sexual violence, the National Sexual Assault Hotline, operated by RAINN, is available at 800.656.HOPE or via live chat at https://www.rainn.org/. Communication is available 24/7, confidential and free.
About the Elizabeth Smart Foundation and the Malouf™ Foundation
In January 2022, the Elizabeth Smart Foundation officially became part of the Malouf™ Foundation to combat sexual assault and exploitation. Each foundation fulfills its mission by providing training through OnWatch™ and Smart Defense; promote healing through the Juniper Scholarship™, Rooms Restored™ and restorative care centers; and defend survivors through Heroes Landing™ and the “We Believe You” campaign. Supported by the network of Malouf Companies™, the Malouf Foundation™ and the Elizabeth Smart Foundation give 100% of their resources on behalf of the people they serve. For more information, visit elizabethsmartfoundation.org and malouffoundation.org.