Social Impact Heroes: How Sarah Symons and Her Future Coalition have helped over 3,000 women and girls on their journey to freedom and independence

Yitzi Weiner
Authority Magazine
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19 min readMar 1, 2020

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The Elephant Marches On, Heedless of the Barking Dogs. This Nepali folk saying means that no matter what anyone says, and regardless of the negative voices, you need to keep moving forward in the direction of your highest goals. If I had a dollar for every hour I have wasted worrying about a difficult conversation or someone not approving of me or my work, I could fund all my projects right now! For me, like many women, the ‘disease to please’ is a huge challenge. It’s a game you can’t win, and a huge waste of your precious time as a leader — and I am grateful to have made great strides with this. The needs of the girls we serve, and those still waiting for our help, are too urgent to waste time worrying about what other people think.

As part of my series about “individuals and organizations making an important social impact”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah Symons. A former recording artist and music composer for television, Sarah Symons is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Her Future Coalition, an international charity combating human trafficking and gender violence with education, shelter, and training, serving some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Over the past 15 years, Her Future Coalition has helped more than 3,000 survivors and high-risk girls in India, Nepal, Cambodia, and Thailand. Symons and her husband, John Berger, started the organization in 2005, selling their house and using their life savings after being deeply moved to action by a documentary about the gravity of human trafficking and exploitation. Symons is an author and frequently tapped expert speaker and media guest around the issue of human trafficking and gender violence. Her acclaimed book, This

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Yitzi Weiner
Authority Magazine

A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator