What if you were only known for the worst thing you’ve ever done?

A Second Chance Book
A Second Chance is about new starts, forgiveness, shame, and the power of possibility.

It’s about one woman’s vision and her relentless effort to make it real — but it’s also about building a community that makes a difference. Defy is based on a unique inside/outside partnership. It only works because of the generous work of everyone in Defy’s volunteer community. This book teaches us what it means to lead from within.

Don’t you deserve a second chance? Don’t we all? 



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About the Author

After being given a second chance of her own, Catherine founded Defy Ventures, a national nonprofit organization that “transforms the hustle” of currently and formerly incarcerated people. Defy’s vision is to end mass incarceration by using entrepreneurship as a tool to transform legacies and human potential.

In 2017, Catherine was named a Forbes “40 Women to Watch Over 40.” She was named a #MakeTechHuman Agent of Change by WIRED and Nokia for being one of “17 Global Influencers Expanding Human Possibility Through Technology.” Catherine also received the MDC Partners Humanitarian Award on behalf of Defy Ventures. She was named by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business and is an Ashoka Fellow.

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About Defy Ventures

Defy Ventures offers intensive personal and leadership development, competition-based entrepreneurship training, executive mentoring, financial investment, and business incubation. We harness the natural talents of currently and formerly incarcerated men, women, and youth and redirect them toward the creation of legal business ventures and careers. By engaging top corporate executives, investors, and entrepreneurs, Defy catalyzes personal and economic opportunities for people with criminal histories, and shatters perceptions of one of the most stigmatized and overlooked populations in America.

Since its founding in 2010, Defy has enrolled 1,700+ EITs across 24 states and 22 correctional facilities and engaged 4,400+ executive volunteers. Defy has mentored 170 of its graduates’ companies, which in turn have created more than 370 employment opportunities for people in their communities. Defy’s recidivism rate to date is less than 5% vs. the national re-arrest average of 76 percent. JOIN THE MOVEMENT.


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