Meet Leap to Success

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Summer 2015 Leap To Confidence Graduates

The Mission

To educate and empower women who are overcoming domestic violence, homelessness, and other major life challenges to reach their greatest potential.

The Vision: A world in which

  • Women acknowledge their own value and personal power,
    transform adversity to strength, and inspire others to do the same.
  • Families are safe, healthy, and loving places for all members.
  • Communities acknowledge, support, and value
    women, their voices, and their well-being.

The Values

Speaking Out

We bring domestic violence, homelessness, and addiction into the light by speaking about them. We are a platform for survivors to change community norms and break generational cycles of violence, dysfunction, and poverty.


We know we can create much more in building with others.
We collaborate to leverage our strengths and expand our reach.


We see what is possible. We stay focused on creating solutions that help women reach their potential.

How We Got Started

by Dana Bristol-Smith

To find your mission in life is to discover the intersection between your heart’s deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger. —Bill Strickland

Late one sleepless night, I got out of bed, sat down at my computer, and out flowed a 10-session program outline for women to build self-confidence by developing their public speaking skills. For the past 8 years, I had been seeing the results of women becoming more confident by coming to my Speak for Success workshops.

I shared with several friends the idea of providing these skills to women who needed them the most, and Gayle—a wonderful mentor—suggested I consider working with domestic violence survivors.

In a few short months, I built a dream team of coaches and trainers and shortly thereafter we were off and running.

I never planned to be where I am today—but I know that my heart and soul have never been happier and I am truly living my purpose.

As of 2015, we have since empowered more than 600 women in our transformational programs. We are helping women find and use their voices—share their strengths, desires, and successes. To be unafraid to speak and be heard.

We are making history.

My vision and dream is for Leap to Success programs to be available in cities across the United States. All women, especially women coming out of domestic abuse, addiction, and homelessness need to know that they can start over and make new choices. They also need to know that there is support to help them create positive futures—no matter what they’ve experienced in the past.

What we’ve done here in San Diego needs to find its wings and soar across the country.

Here’s to empowering women and seeing them leap right before our eyes!

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