October 27, 2019
Due to a recent time conflict for our featured speaker, Jeanne Bishop, for this Sunday, we are now hosting a new speaker, addressing the same theme of forgiveness, but for different reasons. Here is a short biography of Kari Butler.
When it comes to adversity, some people are just unyielding. Karli Butler has faced some serious trials, but in each step, remains unbreakable. Turning her trauma into triumph, she’s a survivor who by sharing her story and using it for good, does more than just show the world her strength.
In March 2006, she was the target of a vicious attack made in retaliation against her then boyfriend. The violent beating escalated to kidnapping, but Karli was able to escape from the trunk of her car while it was in motion. In May, another attack occurred—same motive, but different attackers— and this attack left much different scarring. Karli’s attackers poured acid over her body and she spent the next six and half weeks in the Intensive Care Burn Unit. She endured over a dozen surgeries, but the emotional effects of her attacks ran much deeper than the external scarring. Due to a lack of sufficient evidence, only one of her five attackers was ever brought to justice, leaving Karli with a totally different wound.
Instead of letting trials defeat her, Karli made an important decision—to speak up. And as an expert in the art of communication, she is well equipped to do so. Karli is a proud alumna of DePaul University and she holds not only a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, but also a Master of Arts in Organizational and Multicultural Communication, incorporating that acumen when speaking to her different audiences. In addition to her academic degrees, she is a trained circle keeper and restorative justice advocate.
Since making that extremely brave decision, she’s delivered dozens of speeches and presentations, including a TEDx Talk helping her audience to re-imagine forgiveness. These discussion-based lectures pertain to self-esteem, self-respect, forgiveness, and being a survivor of violence. She provides tips on overcoming trauma and life’s obstacles, but most importantly, she demonstrates how self-esteem comes from within and its ability to empower and heal the body and mind.
Karli’s reach doesn’t end with only those she physically meets and encourages. To prevent others from enduring similar trials, she worked to change legislation that could help a countless number of people in her home state and played a key role in the passing of Illinois House Bill 2193—a bill that requires anyone buying commercial-grade hydrochloric or sulfuric acid to show photo identification and have their data entered into a state database. She has been acknowledged and celebrated nationally and internationally for her advocacy and perseverance. Featured in Teen Vogue, on “I Survived”, the Creflo Dollar Show, and a YouTube video that’s gone viral, she is determined to let her light shine.
Karli walks in her purpose daily by helping others find their voice and purpose. She currently serves as the Director of Social Services at Curt’s Café, a nonprofit organization that provides training in food service and life skills to underserved youth. When she’s not Googling information for her inquisitive son, Zailen, you can find her dining at new restaurants with her favorite gal pals . . . or ironing her superwoman cape.
We invite any parents or sponsors to the presentation who want to come. It always leads to some good discussion afterward. As you have heard, we also would like you to attend the 5:15 Sunday evening Mass ahead of the presentation. It is not required but strongly encouraged. All first and second year students will sit together on the west side of the church, as you have done in the past.
The presentation by Karli Butler will begin at 6:30 PM in the Parish Center Gym and conclude at 7:45. We look forward to seeing you there.