Meet L.Y. Marlow

A mother, an author, and a force of nature.

L.Y. Marlow is the founder and CEO of Saving Promise—a national intimate partner violence prevention organization inspired by five generations of mothers and daughters in her family that suffered and survived more than sixty years of intimate partner violence, including her granddaughter, a little girl named Promise.

As a former corporate executive with 20+ years overseeing and executing strategic programs for the government and private sector, L.Y. has combined her corporate expertise and passion for community service into a rewarding career as a social entrepreneur and the visionary behind Saving Promise. Key to Saving Promise’s mission is the Harvard Learning Lab—a partnership with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to advance and disseminate innovative, evidence-based public education and prevention programs and strategies.

L.Y.’s heartfelt and captivating story of tragedy to triumph moved her to share her journey in her memoir, Don’t Look at the Monster: One Woman’s Journey to Embrace a Purposeful Life—the Gifts, the Lessons & the BlessingsL.Y.’s authentic voice as a survivor, mother and friend—an ordinary woman with an extraordinary story—has made her a sought-after lecturer and spokeswoman for intimate partner violence prevention and the recipient of numerous Leadership, Advocacy, Project Achievement, and Literary Awards.

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L.Y.’s Vision

Hear L.Y. share what inspired the Saving Promise mission.

L.Y.’s Books

Read the stories that sparked a movement.

A provocative and deeply moving story that takes you on a captivating journey from tragedy from triumph.
Four generations of mothers and daughters and a little girl named Promise… the story that inspired a movement.
The poignant story of a decades-long interracial love affair… and the profound power of forgiveness.