Minister Lyvonne “Proverbs” Picou, a New York City native, is a preacher, transformational speaker, poet, educator, and creative social entrepreneur.  She is the founder of beautiful scars (@WereSurthrivors), a boutique storytelling agency focused on trauma, healing, and resiliency. beautiful scars, the online platform, is for Black Christian women who are also survivors of childhood sexual abuse and/or male sexual violence. The platform is a tool for spiritual Black women to integrate their sexual violation into their healing journeys through the lens of their faith. By harnessing the power of narrative, Lyvonne is aiding survivors (and communities, at large) to shift from silence to storytelling in order to eradicate gender-based violence. 

An Emmy-award-winning media producer, Lyvonne graduated from Seton Hall University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Honors, Yale Divinity School with a Master of Divinity, and Columbia Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology. At Columbia, she published her thesis, The Problem with 'Father' God: Incest as a Silent Killer in the Black Church, an exploration of the praxis of using poetry to preach about sexual abuse from the pulpit.

Lyvonne is Teaching Faculty at Claremont Lincoln University; and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and the inaugural cohort of the DO GOOD X Startup Accelerator. She currently resides in Oakland, CA with her husband, Brandon, and can be found on the instructor bike teaching classes at RiDE Oakland and on Facebook and Medium, as well as Twitter and Instagram (@LyvonneP).