It takes courage to share parts of ourselves that once brought on feelings of shame and hurt. Karlyn Percil-Mercieca, a survivor of child sexual abuse who shared her story on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) is a true testament of a woman who has refused to let her “Elephant Story” consume her life.
By owning her elephant story, she has been able to shatter her own glass ceiling—one that often prevented her from living the life she didn’t always know she deserved. Karlyn’s story began in St. Lucia where she often recounts growing up in a village called Banse located in Laborie.
Life has taught her that by keeping things inside and not facing one’s fears can contribute to one’s mental health issues. This too can rob one of a life filled with love and laughter. Karlyn’s passion for women led her to the work she does to date. The SisterTalk Group is a product of Karlyn’s past and has paved the way for a positive future for not only herself but women worldwide.
The SisterTalk Group is a women’s leadership network founded by Karlyn Percil-Mercieca. It has evolved into a platform where women are able to have conversations that matter. Through open and honest dialogue, women tackle their “elephants” that often prevent them from living up to their full potential.
On Saturday, October 10th, 2015 the SisterTalk Group will launch its 2nd Annual event, an ode to sisterhood at the Daniels Spectrum, 505 Dundas Street East in Toronto,Canada. The upcoming event will focus on love and relationships. The conversations go beyond the boys, bags and shoes. This series hosted by Diane Lee Clemons(Philanthropist & Singer) in a panel discussion style will feature a number of recognizable faces in the Toronto community such as Pauleanna Reid (Author), Cheryl Nembhard (Exodus Media) and Yvonne Sinniah (Relationship Advisor) just to name a few.
These events have been designed to provide a space where women can remove their masks, be vulnerable while being presented with the tools, knowledge and community they need to create the life they deserve.
SisterTalk is also raising awareness and funds to send 400 girls to school by supporting the #62milliongirls movement that many have heard Michelle Obama discuss publicly. The SisterTalk Group will also launch the Beauty Bank—a self-esteem and money management “online beauty bank” program created to help girls be more confident.
In addition to her work within the community, Karlyn Percil-Mercieca is a Leadership Coach, Author and Motivational Speaker who believes in the power of women and girls, of course. Her mission is clear. She would like to see a world where women are living their highest version of themselves. Using the “Elephant Story Syndrome” (ESS) model, she helps women identify their internal barriers, discover what is holding them back in life and break through their personal “glass ceiling”–empowering them to pursue their ambitions and goals in life. Join the SisterTalk Group as they celebrate sisterhood on October 10th, 2015.
By Shantel Noel