Renée Williams, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime: Trust Building and Humanity in Criminal Justice

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Published Jul 25, 2022, 10:00 PM

Building relationships can be difficult when tackling difficult subject matter. Education This week Renée Williams explores the manifestations of trauma and how it impacts communication and supporting the community. Listen in as Laura and Renée discuss the negative impact emotions can have on relationship building, navigating differing opinions, and entrusting your team to represent your brand values.


Here are a few things you’ll learn during this conversation:

  • How to get your message across to audiences who may not agree with you
  • Why human-centered language is the key to breaking down communication barriers
  • How transparency leaders to trust building
  • What teenagers can teach you about communication
  • Why your team needs a safe space to make mistakes


During the 24-Hour Challenge, Renée encourages you to find a place to volunteer for 2-3 hours in order to gain a fresh perspective and learn something new.


About Renée Williams:


Renée is the Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime. She also serves as the Director of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, an affiliate program of the National Center. Prior to taking the helm of the NCVBA, Renée was the executive director of a legal services organization in Pittsburgh, which focused on the legal rights of victims of domestic violence and other indigent clients. Renée is seasoned in nonprofit leadership, also serving as a board member for Athena International and Voices in Action.


Renée is passionate and stays connected to the community as well. She mentors through Big Brothers Big Sisters, volunteers at Children’s National Hospital, and advocates for children as a court-appointed special advocate. For these efforts, she has been recognized as an Athena Young Professional Finalist, named one of Pittsburgh’s 40 under 40, and received a Jefferson Award. Renée completed her undergraduate studies in theatre arts at Point Park University and subsequently received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law.


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If you are a victim of crime and need assistance please go to: for additional resources.


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