Piper Kerman, the woman behind the hit Netflix series, “Orange is the New Black” and author of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, will serve as Second Chance’s keynote speaker this fall for its Oct. 17 benefit. So, exactly who is Piper Kerman? What is her connection to Second Chance? Allow us to connect the dots for you!
Known for her personal ties to the hit TV series and for being the author of the eminent journal describing her time in prison, not many people realize Kerman has larger ties to the community through her work with numerous nonprofits. Kerman operates as a communications consultant with a range of nonprofits, philanthropies and other organizations that serve the public interest. She is one of the most in-demand speakers for students of law, criminology, gender and women’s studies, sociology and creative writing. She also caters to a number of groups such as federal probation officers, public defenders and formerly and currently incarcerated people.
Since 2010, Kerman has operated as vice president for the Women’s Prison Association and has been called as a witness to testify about solitary confinement in women’s prisons. Kerman has also spoken at the White House on re-entry and employment opportunities for those who have been formerly involved in the justice system.
With such a notable and relatable background, Second Chance is proud to tout Kerman as its latest supporter. We hope to work alongside Kerman in our conjoined goal to get people off of the streets and into the workforce. Kerman understands first-hand what it is like to enter the “real world” after being incarcerated making her the ideal spokesperson for our organization.
We welcome you to take the opportunity to speak with Piper Kerman at our event, “Orange Is The New Black: The Real Story with Piper Kerman” and gain a better understanding of how she managed to successfully re-enter the world. Tickets available for purchase here.