Sessions and speakers are still being developed and will be posted as they are finalized. See below for the confirmed speakers thus far.

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Alyssa joined the Fair Trade Federation in 2020. She leads the rigorous application process and annual member reviews, and assists in coordinating events and member programs. She is also on the National Leadership Team for Fair Trade Campaigns, a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, and an alum of Global Shapers. Her passion for fair trade was cultivated throughout her years working for those in vulnerable populations and advocating for human rights issues and sustainable practices, both professionally and personally. Alyssa earned a B.A. in International Studies with a French minor from Millersville University, and is currently pursuing an MBA from Penn State University.

For over a decade, Paul has been traveling back and forth to Kenya, working directly with small-scale tea farmers and a women’s herbal tea co-op. In 2013, JusTea established the first-ever, fair-trade tea partnership in Kenya, creating sustainable employment for farmers and offering tea drinkers super-fresh tea! At JusTea, Paul manages business development and specializes in sales strategy and growth.

As COO & Creative Director, Maggie spearheads Anchal‘s design aesthetic and product development. Responsible for visually communicating Anchal’s story through creative content, Maggie has successfully developed, designed, and grown Anchal’s brand into an internationally recognized organization. Maggie passionately manages Anchal’s production & product design oversight, allowing for the success of multiple custom collaborations & innovative design solutions. Maggie holds a B.A. in Architecture from the University of Kentucky & shares Anchal’s belief that design can be the catalyst for social innovation, and education is the first step to creating positive change.

Sarah is the E-commerce and Seattle branch manager of Fair Trade Winds, started by her family 17 years ago. They began selling fair trade coffee & chocolate at their church and now run 3 retail stores, a growing e-commerce site, and many holiday pop-up events. Fair Trade Winds operates as not just a place to buy fair trade goods, but hopefully, as a place for customers to engage in an active creation of a different, more just world. When she’s not at the shop, Sarah enjoys traveling, hiking in WA State’s many forests, or trying the endless new restaurants in Seattle.

Kinsey is the Business Partnerships Coordinator at Fairtrade America, based in Washington DC. With a background rooted in fair trade, Kinsey began her journey as a volunteer at Global Gifts in 2013 before moving into roles such as Volunteer Coordinator, Assistant Manager, Store Manager, and Off-Site Event Manager at various locations in Indiana and Ohio. In 2021, she directed the opening of a new Global Gifts location, further expanding her impact in the fair trade market. In 2022, she began her current role at Fairtrade America where Kinsey manages a majority of Fairtrade America’s partnerships with brand partners licensed to use the Fairtrade International Mark on their products. She is dedicated to supporting these partners in meeting their goals with Fairtrade, ultimately contributing to the improvement of the livelihood of Fairtrade certified farmers and producers, and the health of the land they depend on.

Sabrina’s passion for combating human trafficking quickly developed after volunteering stateside with an Ugandan-based nonprofit, + since then it has been her mission to learn about this issue on a local + global scale. In 2013, she + her husband founded New Creation VA, a nonprofit that creatively counteracts human trafficking with a local heart + global approach.  To date, that organization has generated almost $5 million to combat trafficking. They have worked with over 10,000 students to raise awareness, as well as, training hundreds of community members on what trafficking is + how to recognize the signs. In 2022, Sabrina was named “Freedom Ambassador of the Year,” for her commitment to the mission of preventing human trafficking and championing the Prevention Project curriculum throughout Virginia. Armed with the belief that prevention education + job creation are powerful solutions to the problem, she has dedicated her life to developing concepts that will make an impact.

Martha is passionate about fair trade, the environment, politics, and creating a better world for future generations. She is a long-time Fair Trade Federation and Green America member and has previously served on an FTF Screening Committee. Martha opened Tenfold Fair Trade Collection in 2009, in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. This historic town is home to John Brown’s raid which was the prelude to the Civil War to end slave labor. Tenfold Fair Trade embraces the history of Harpers Ferry and participates in preserving the architecture and culture of the town. Martha will bring her unique insights in visual merchandising; focused on adaptability in historic buildings, creating authentic engagement with products, and developing creative displays.

Colvin’s early career started with his family’s wood carving business where he developed his entrepreneurial spirit and understanding of all facets of running a business – a talent he carries through in his consulting today. Colvin served as the National Sales Manager for several American handmade companies. He was the Director of Craft Marketing for George Little Management, a leading US trade show management company. Today, Colvin and his husband own Jennings & Allen, a thriving retail store showcasing global handmade goods. Colvin is the tireless traveler found in all corners of the world, working side-by-side with artisans to strengthen their businesses.

Santa came to Nicaragua with the European Volunteer Service Program- Youth in Action. Her passion caused her to become involved with different women’s entrepreneur groups that were working in the arts & craft field. In 2015 she joined Nica Life and used those skills to develop processes for artisan training, quality control, and artisan career development. In 2019, her role expanded when she became our Director of Programs and developed our Well-Being & Empowerment Program. Santa is deeply involved in the community in Granada.

Manish was struck by the material poverty of his homeland. With deep respect for the rich culture, and potential of rural Indians, he began to build a model of trade. He started partnering with grassroots organizations to transform unskilled women and men into master artisans. Manish established a team in India to guarantee clear, efficient communications and high-quality production. He gathered a team in Austin, Texas, to design collections that entice Western Market while honoring the culture & craft of India. A decade and half later, that little company Matr Boomie has grown into a leading fair trade wholesaler and innovator in ethical, sustainable business. Manish is also actively involved in creating opportunities for at-risk communities and fighting homelessness in Austin, TX.

Amanda has been working with Starfish Project for over seven years now, starting as an Advocate and now as the Wholesale Senior Manager. She has lived in Indiana, close to where their Founder and CEO grew up, and fairly close to their US Distribution Center, for over 20 years. She is a wife to Andy and a mom to two girls who love that she works for a jewelry company that helps women! Amanda is excited to share knowledge about small business growth potential, as well as strategies for and implementation of job experience opportunities for persons with disabilities in the US workplace.

After graduating with honors in Biology from UMBC, Damian worked as a public high school math teacher, then at Johns Hopkins in oncology research, before joining the Peace Corps in Nepal where he served as a primary school science teacher / teacher trainer for four years. After working on a UNICEF project, he formed Aid Through Trade in 1993.

Julia has spent the better half of her 20+ retail career working in the museum retail industry. With a degree in cultural history and a background in retail, the museum sector seemed like the perfect marriage of her skillset and passions. She has previously worked for Eastern State Penitentiary and the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, both in Philadelphia PA. She is currently the Retail Experience Manager for the Edelman Fossil Park & Museum in Mantua, NJ which is set to open in Summer 2024. With a mission focused on sustainability, Julia is eager to incorporate fair trade brands into her retail space. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her partner and their senior dog, Gumbo, in the woods, traveling, reading, and riding her bike around Philadelphia.

Before his time with Humankind, Tim worked as a designer and project manger for a Eco-friendly design build construction company. And before that as the manager of a nursery growing California native and drought tolerant plants. Behind all these occupations, Tim finds happiness in working for an organization with a greater purpose. He also enjoys creating unique display features for Humankind to attract customers and create a memorable experience for them.

Banker turned social entrepreneur Nathalie founded LIKHA in 2018 with a vision to empower artisan communities to overcome poverty by reimagining time-honored local craft for the global audience. Since then, Nathalie has grown her fully self-funded social enterprise’s impact significantly – she works with 600+ retailers across the US including big names like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and Uncommon Goods, has been featured on media such as Martha Stewart, The Today Show, and Oprah Magazine, and provides livelihoods for hundreds of artisans across the Philippines. Born and raised in the Philippines, Nathalie holds an M.Sc. in International Development from the University of Birmingham in the UK, and has lived on three continents, four countries, and eight cities which gives her a truly global perspective.

Emily has been part of Fair Trade Winds, her family’s retail business, since it began over 15 years ago. She helps to manage the shop in Seattle and works behind the scenes on marketing and customer support. She finds joy in her daily cups of fair trade coffee, walks with her dog, and watching her 2 kids play every sport.

Mac is the founder and CEO of dZi Handmade, celebrating 34 years of working with Tibetan refugees and other native artisans in India and Nepal. dZi is a founding member of FTF and Mac was on the team that helped launch the organization in 1994. Mac recently finished a term on the FTF board, and previously served on the board of Aid to Artisans. Prior to starting dZi, Mac was the director of a renewable energy and conservation product catalog that eventually morphed into the Seventh Generation company.

Roopa leads Sasha Association for Craft Producers (India), an exemplary WFTO member selling fashion and home products around the world. Her association with Fair Trade began in 1978 and she moved over full time to Sasha in 1985. She has served on the board of Fair Trade Forum India and the Asia WFTO board. She was voted on to the WFTO Global board as an independent board member in May 2011. Roopa completed an Economic honours course, followed with an MBA degree from Delhi University. She began her career with a leading Indian chain of hotels and moved on to be an Executive Director of a company producing and retailing high-end women’s clothing using traditional dyeing printing and embroidery techniques.

Lee is the founder of Latitudes Fair Trade which was birthed after taking a weaving class with a co-op of Mayan women in Guatemala. What started as a 3 week pop-up experiment in 2010 has continued to thrive and has birthed 2 more Latitudes stores. Her own love of craft, travel, and other cultures has been the perfect storm to fuel her vision. She lives in Warrenton, Virginia with her husband, Terry and has 4 grown children and 7 grandchildren.

Elizabeth has been working in association management since 2000, and has spent over 20 years in Executive Management. She has guided the Museum Store Association through its pandemic recovery, increasing annual gross revenue by over 75% and membership by 50%. She has worked with associations from the ground up, building programs, developing leadership, reorganizing and managing the office and staff, and increasing and rejuvenating membership.

Jessica grew up in a manufacturing family and always loved the sights and sounds of a manufacturing plant.  After earning a degree in Marketing and Public Relations from Greenville University, Jessica spent the first 13 years of her career in high end retail.  She then moved to the non-profit world spending 18 months at Habitat for Humanity before finding her home at GOEX Apparel, the signature job creation program of the Global Orphan Project.  While drawn to GOEX through a passion for vulnerable children and family strengthening, she quickly became an advocate for all things Fair Trade and loves sharing her journey.  Jessica lives outside Kansas City, MO, with her husband, daughter and 3 standard poodles.

Anna opened Latitudes Fair Trade store in historic downtown Staunton, VA in 2015. A year and a half after opening she expanded her store into the neighboring storefront and has seen continued success with her store, in collaboration with the Latitudes stores in Warrenton and Fredericksburg, VA.

As Executive Director, Chris manages the strategic, administrative, and programmatic aspects of the Fair Trade Federation. Chris has dedicated much of his professional career toward strengthening fair trade businesses and advancing the goals of the larger fair trade movement. Prior to joining the FTF staff in 2016, Chris spent over 5 years as a Regional Sales Manager for Ten Thousand Villages US, working with fair trade stores of all sizes to be more successful. Chris then led the training team with Ten Thousand Villages for 7 years, which included coordinating and driving educational events, conferences, and fair trade promotion. After joining the FTF in early 2016, Chris has helped shape member education programs, led the coordination and planning for FTF Conferences, and represented FTF at events across the US and Canada. He has developed relationships with fair trade professionals from all over the world, including travels to India, Nepal, Peru, and Guatemala, where he has seen the impact of fair trade, first hand. On September 19, 2019, the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) elected Chris as their Pacific Representative on the WFTO’s Global Board for a four year term.  Chris earned a BA in Social Science at Cleveland State University, and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership with a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources from Southern New Hampshire University.

Jay of Chrysler Museum of Art has more than 20 years experience in retail, and has been involved in non-profit retail management since 2012. Museum Stores offer a unique opportunity to showcase fine handmade gifts that reflect the mission and collections of the museum while supporting Fair Trade practices.

Liz worked in Brand Management for nearly 10 years before co-founding Nica Life in 2015. She was inspired to create an organization that served employees, customers, and her community rather than focusing only on financial shareholders. Nica Life strives to create meaningful jewelry for women, in exchange for living wages for the women that hand make each piece. Nica Life employs 15 artisans and their jewelry is sold in over 200 stores in the US as well as several in Nicaragua.

Kelly founded WorldFinds in 1999, in the middle of a 14-month life-changing backpack trip around the world. After learning about fair trade in Nepal and meeting artisans struggling to find a market for their goods, she decided to put her marketing skills to work and create a space where design-driven styles could create economic opportunities for the women she met. Today WorldFinds can be found in over 1600 retail stores in 18 countries. With artisan partners in India, Nepal & Bangladesh, they continually strive to create goodness and social impact with their Original Kantha Textile Jewelry, accessories & gift collections.

LynAnne is currently the manager of HumanKind Fair Trade, a nonprofit retail shop in San Luis Obispo, California. Her additional experience in fair trade includes volunteering in nonprofit stores, holding board positions, and working in product design with artisans in Cambodia.

Lindsay founded Maraluna, consciously curated neighborhood shop in Oakwood, Ohio, in 2015. A member of the Fair Trade Federation board of directors, Lindsay is a Wearer of All Hats, small business hypewoman, weaver, yogi, board game enthusiast, and would rather be in the kitchen making something delicious for you.