Courtney Macavinta is co-founder and president of The Respect Institute. The institute’s mission is to give youth and their influencers tools to build self-respect so they can end cycles of disrespect and thrive. Macavinta is a domestic violence survivor whose multi-racial family struggled for respect amid issues like substance abuse, incarceration, high-school dropout and teen pregnancy. As a young adult, her mission became to create a world where respect for all is the status quo. An award-winning writer and co-active coach, Macavinta has created the Respect Rally for youth, a popular blog RespectRx and best-selling book, “RESPECT.” She’s been featured by CNN, ABC, National Public Radio, USA Today, Teen Vogue and others, and has partnered with organizations such as Girl Scouts of the USA and Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation. She was invited to the White House in 2010 based on her work in domestic violence prevention. Macavinta has a B.A. in journalism from San Francisco State University and is a certified co-active coach (CPCC) through the renowned Coaches Training Institute as well as a graduate of its Leadership Program.