#NotToday – Personal Empowerment for Whitepagers

This is a Whitepages Culture Focus, written by Erin Schindler, Accounting Manager

On Tuesday morning, March 25, 2017, a group of women from Whitepages and hundreds of other Seattle women and men gathered together to arm themselves with the skills of self-defense, a set of skills that each of us hopes we never have to use.

An unfortunate event recently hit very close to home with the Whitepages team. Our former employee, Kelly Herron, was attacked on a Sunday afternoon run when she stopped to use a public restroom. Kelly had recently attended a self-defense class provided by her current employer, RealSelf. The skills Kelly learned at that class saved her life that Sunday afternoon.

Kelly could have stayed quiet, reducing her experience to a statistic, but she decided to make her story known and help spread awareness of violence against women. Her story has been documented all over the world and has helped empower women to realize their inner strength and power to fight back in the event of an attack.

In light of Kelly’s experience, Realself hosted another class open to the public.

Self-Defense class with Fighting Chance Seattle, sponsored by RealSelf.

The four main points of the class with Fighting
Chance Seattle
are as follows:

Trust your intuition
Respond Immediately
Be Loud & Fight Hard
Hard Bones to Soft Spots


Below are some testimonials from our Whitepages attendees:

Why did you want to take the course?

Kelly’s story brought to light the fact that these attacks can happen at any time, anywhere. I avoid walking alone in dark alleys at night, but that’s not enough.

As a visibly trans woman, I am at a high risk of assault and wanted to take this course to give myself more tools to defend myself in the event of an attack.

To feel safer and more equipped to handle the unexpected.

What do you feel you got out of taking the class?

I really liked the simple equation that space = time. By honoring our space, we’re buying ourselves time to breathe and react appropriately.

Self-defense tools that involve only what I have on me at all times (my body!)

I really liked how it focused on your own mindset and not just how to physically defend yourself, the trainer emphasized how important it is to breathe, know your own boundaries, and to trust your instincts.

What was your biggest takeaway from the class?

To protect myself with the same ferocity with which I would protect a dearly loved family member.

Be strong, use your power, and yell!

I loved how so many people rallied together to make this an important event in our community. It was pretty empowering to stand in a room with hundreds of other women, shouting NO! over and over at the top of our lungs.

To learn more about Kelly’s story, check out her interview from Good Morning America

Getting to Know Your Neighbors with Whitepages Premium

Two people sit together, drinking tea.

In honor of this week’s National Night Out, we’re thinking about our neighbors and our community. NNO is a yearly event for neighborhoods to get together, hang out, and get to know each other a little better, emphasizing healthy partnerships between communities and law enforcement. National Night Out is a great time to get to know the people in your area and to build happy, strong relationships.

Whether your area celebrated National Night Out or not, it’s always good to know your neighbors. By nature, human beings are social creatures. We like to be together and to share experiences, but we’re also curious, which means that we want to know just who we’re sharing those experiences with. So when a new face moves into town, it’s natural to want to know a little more about them. Whitepages Premium compiles all kinds of public records in one easy-to-use place for your benefit, from licenses to criminal backgrounds to contact information.

When you look up your new neighbors, you’re looking for a sense of peace and community—just what every neighborhood needs. With just a few pieces of information, you’ll also see what part of town someone’s moving from and if they already own any other properties. If they don’t, maybe they’re first-time home buyers looking to live out their dreams in your neighborhood.

You should also check out the people in your area when you’re the town newbie. A beautifully-maintained cul-de-sac is its own strong sell, but what about the potential new neighbors you met on your way to the open house? Even if you don’t know their names yet, pop their house address into the reverse address search to find their name and get a better sense of who they are. You’ll even see a map of your neighborhood so you can see more of your neighbors’ names and where in the neighborhood they live! Checking into their story will help you decide if you and this community are a great fit for each other.  

Having a community that makes you feel safe and welcome is necessary to any move. So when someone who really was a great fit for your neighborhood moves on, or when you move on, losing touch can be really hard. Did you and a former neighbor get along really well, but have you fallen out of contact since one of you left the old stomping grounds? Look them up to see where they live now and, if their contact information is available, reach out and say hello. Who knows—they could be looking for you.

What do you love about your neighborhood? What keeps it a vibrant, wonderful place to live? Leave a comment below and tell us about how you cultivate community in your own backyards.