#192 Ditching the Financial Security of the Legal World to Fight for Women’s Equality (Taina Bien-Aime)
January 20 2023
Taina Bien-Aimé has always been a groundbreaker. As a journalist, she spent years witnessing, researching, and documenting injustice against women around the world, especially the things that were holding them back and the areas where they most needed support. After years of fighting in the trenches for women’s equality, Bien-Aimé returned to school in her 30s to earn a law degree so she could take her advocacy to the next level. Today, Bien-Aimé is the Executive Director for the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women. Listen in to her conversation with CoveyClub founder, Lesley Jane Seymour, to learn how she left the financial security of her corporate career to pursue the work that she felt called to do.
Taina Bien-Aimé (she/her) has three decades of experience defending the rights of women and girls at the national and global levels. She is currently the Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), one of the oldest international organizations dedicated to ending trafficking in women and girls and commercial sexual exploitation as practices of gender-based violence and discrimination.
Prior to this position and for twenty years, Taina was involved with Equality Now, a global organization working to promote the human rights of women and girls, first as a founding Board member and subsequently as its Executive Director for ten years. She was also a Director of Business Affairs at Home Box Office and practiced international corporate law at the Wall Street law firm, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.
Taina holds a Juris Doctor from NYU School of Law and a degree in Political Science from the University of Geneva/Graduate School of International Studies in Switzerland. Taina has extensive media experience and was honored with a number of awards for her work and campaigns to uphold the human rights of women and girls globally. In 2021, she was listed on the inaugural 2021 Forbes’ 50>50 Women Who Have Made a Social Impact.
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