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Lia Grimanis discusses what being homeless feels like and common misconceptions

Lia Grimanis, advocate and founder of Up With Women

Lia Grimanis is an autistic survivor of abuse who went from homeless teen to business leader in the technology sector and the founder of Up With Women, a charity that helps at-risk women develop sustainable careers to break the cycle of poverty.

Lia joins hosts Gilad Cohen and Simona Ramkisson this week to discuss how someone from a relatively normal childhood could end up homeless, our misunderstandings about how mental health influences homelessness, why women with autism are underdiagnosed, and why people with autism and women are especially vulnerable to abuse. You will also learn about which world records she broke, one of which was in high heels.

Most importantly though, Lia discusses how she was able to take a life of hardships and become an inspirational leader. After years as TIBCO’s Regional Head of Financial Services, Americas, she is using Up With Women to keep a promise to return to the shelters she lived in and help others like her succeed.

Don’t miss this inspirational episode to learn how to discuss many complicated topics and how we can help build others up from seemingly impossible circumstances.

Hosted by Gilad Cohen (Founder, JAYU) and Simona Ramkisson, produced and edited by Brandon Fragomeni and Alex Castellani. Associate Producer: Ron Ma.

The show is a JAYU production. JAYU is a Toronto-based charity that shares human rights stories through the arts. JAYU has an annual Human Rights Film Festival, a photography empowerment project and more. You can learn more about JAYU here.

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