Nicole was born in Arizona to a Mexican-American father and English mother. Unfortunately discrimination was an every day aspect of her childhood. Nicole believes in the power of stories to transform lives. She has served as a 'Young Voices' columnist for the National Catholic Reporter and her writing has appeared in a number of publications ranging from Women’s eNews to the New York Times. She is the author of 'Women Healing from Abuse: Meditations for Finding Peace' and coordinates a website that serves as a resource for abused Catholic women. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, she serves as a communications consultant for Catholic organisations. Nicole will speak on how and why women silence themselves to keep safe in male-dominated paradigms and how to break out of that silence.