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Leading Others to Overcome

Overcoming challenges, and helping others do the same, is the daily charge of leaders. Listen to the inspiring story of all Holly Christine Hayes, Founder and CEO of Sanctuary Project, has overcome in her leadership journey and how she is empowering those she leads today. 

In this episode, you’ll learn…

  • how your past can give you empathy for your team
  • who is most aware of the health of your team culture
  • how seeking to understand those you lead changes everything

About Sanctuary Project

Sanctuary Project is a nonprofit social enterprise providing meaningful employment and job training to women who have survived lives of trafficking, violence, and addiction. We are a survivor-run organization, offering a safe community for women in transition to grow in practical skills while restoring their lives and hearts. Our jewelry is hand-made and packaged by the women we employ, and 100% of our sales go directly to providing more job opportunity and job training to survivors.

About the Holly Christine Hayes

Holly Christine Hayes is Founder + CEO of Sanctuary Project, a survivor-run nonprofit social enterprise employing and empowering women who’ve survived lives of trafficking, violence and addiction in Austin, TX. Holly was rescued out of a life of trauma nearly 20 years ago and knows the path to recovery can be long and rocky. Her vision and leadership create a safe space for other survivors to grow in practical skills, unleash their creativity, embrace their femininity, and heal their hearts – all in community with other survivors. Sanctuary Project was named “Business to Watch” by Austin Woman Magazine in 2020. 

An award-winning author of the book From Basement to Sanctuary, Holly is passionate about sharing her vulnerable journey of healing. She speaks in jails, churches, recovery communities and conferences all over the globe about transformation from trauma and the Redeemer who can lift any life from the pit.

Holly and her husband, Jeff, enjoy life on a hobby farm and vineyard outside of Austin, with their chickens, goats, cows, dogs and their one-year-old daughter Havana.

Connect with Sanctuary Project Online:


 Instagram: @sanctuary_project

Facebook: @wearesanctuaryproject

Connect with Holly Online:

Instagram: @hollychristinehayes

Facebook: @HollyChristineHayes

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