Ivy Woolf Turk is an ICF Certified Life and Professional Coach in private practice, a champion of freedom, an internationally recognized inspirational speaker, advocate, workshop innovator/facilitator and author. She is the founder of Project Liberation where she works across all stages of criminal legal involvement, and Re-Writing Your Story/ The Pathway to a Liberated Life, a workshop series for individuals or companies and those who feel the need to improve work/life balance, reduce stress and anxiety. She assists them in recognizing and disrupting the pathways that “imprison” them and provides tools for healing and sustainable and joyous productivity. She is a consultant to the Justice Advocacy Group, LLC in Alexandria, VA., a 2018 Center for Social Innovation Agent of Change Fellow, a Founding member of the National Council of Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls., a Dignity Ambassador with #CUT50 and a Consultant for GOSO, Going Out and Staying Out. She partners with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to conduct coaching groups in their Health Equity Centers.
Ivy has a unique perspective on incarceration, homelessness and re-entry. A former exec in the advertising and real estate businesses, she found herself caught up in a situation with criminal consequences and was sentenced to 5 years in Federal Prison. While incarcerated at Danbury Federal Prison Camp, Ivy taught GED English literacy, Yoga, Journaling and Meditation. She also co-created C.H.O.I.C.E.S, a group of Federal inmates that went out into the community to speak to youth about the consequences of poor choices. Finding all options foreclosed in the rigors of Re-Entry since her early release in 2013, Ivy has advocated for the needs of women from inside many prisons all the way to the White House. She has been featured in Forbes, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, NY1, The Telegraph, and many other publications. She has keynoted many speeches for National Conferences for the past five years.
Ivy is a proud mother of two amazing adult children, two adult step-children and a grandmother to three year old Thalia Mae. She has a B.S. in Communications from Boston University and a CPC from Coaching for Transformation/ Leadership that Works.