Susan Omilian, Attorney, Author & Speaker
Susan Omilian is nationally recognized expert who has worked extensively as an advocate to end violence against women. An attorney, author and motivational speaker, she has spent the past forty years in her efforts to help abused women reclaim their lives.
In the 1970s, she founded a rape crisis center and represented battered women in divorce proceedings in the early 1980s. She also litigated sex discrimination cases including helping to articulate the legal concept that made sexual harassment illegal in the 1990s.
With the death of her nineteen-year-old niece Maggie who was shot and killed in October, 1999 by her ex-boyfriend, Susan’s work on behalf of women became more personal and immediate. She vowed to help other women move on after abuse and create a new life for themselves and their children as Maggie could not.
Her books include Entering the Thriver Zone: A Seven-Step Guide to Thriving After Abuse, the first in The Thriver Zone SeriesTM published in 2016. In a workbook-style, it contains the motivational guidance that Susan has successfully used with women helping move beyond survivors to thrivers on the brink of a new life.
She is the originator and facilitator of My Avenging Angel WorkshopsTM, based on the idea that “living well is the best revenge,” which have helped hundreds of women since 2001 take the journey from victim to survivor to thriver. She is the author of several books on sex discrimination law and her articles have appeared in newspapers and journals including The Voice: The Journal of the Battered Women’s Movement, published by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV).
Her novel, Awaken: The Awakening of the Human Spirit on a Healing Journey, published in 2017, is the first in The Best Revenge SeriesTM. Inspired by the true event of her niece’s death, the book alerts the reader, in a story-telling format, to the warning signs of abuse in a relationship and reveals how the journey to thriving can inspire a new start in life.
Susan holds a law degree from Wayne State University in Detroit and a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Susan’s Personal Mission Statement
“I am a woman of power whose mission in life is to be a catalyst for change for victims of violence against women. Today I celebrate my life by building a community of strong, independent, productive women who have survived abuse and are thriving in well-being, love and joy.”
On her own healing journey after the violent death of her niece, Susan found the work she was born to do. It comes together here in the THRIVER ZONE — a healing place for women who want to reclaim their lives after abuse.