Panayiota Bertzikis Okeefe is an education investor, author, public speaker, and women’s rights activist who is one of the leaders fighting to end gender-based violence.
Panayiota has created a fund for secular alternative schools that serve marginalized communities that experienced discrimination from attending formal schooling, including Refugee communities, Romany/Traveler communities, and Indigenous communities.
Panayiota Bertzikis is the founder of the Military Rape Crisis Center-an international organization whose mission is to end rape in the U.S. military. Through her work with the rape crisis center, she has worked with members of the U.S. Congress to draft bills that have been voted into law. She is also the founder of Teal Lotus Yoga, which provides donation-based yoga classes to communities impacted by violence.
Panayiota currently serves as a consultant in trauma informed practices, trauma-informed education, and working within communities impacted by violence. She has trained members of the United States Congress, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and K-12 schools around the globe. She was awarded numerous awards for her work in trauma informed practices and was honored by members of the United States Congress. She was on CNN, the BBC, Glamour Magazine (U.S.), Boston Magazine, and more for her work in trauma informed practices.