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Sunday, March 15 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Using Consumer Goods for Cultural Transformation

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Liz Forkin Bohannon is the co-founder and CEO of Sseko Designs, an ethical fashion brand that designs and manufactures high-quality footwear and accessories in East Africa. Sseko uses their production process and supply chain to create educational opportunities for women and girls in East Africa. Over the past five years, Sseko has developed from a non-profit initiative into the largest for-profit footwear manufacturer in Uganda.
In this conversation, Liz will explore such questions as: How do supply chains help and hurt local economies? What are the unintended consequences for non-profits and social enterprises? Is it possible to build a sustainable, for-profit company and make a positive impact? By becoming part of the conversation surrounding social enterprises like Sseko, participants in this session will explore the complexities of using for-profit models to solve endemic social problems, while discovering the triumphs and change made possible through social entrepreneurship.

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Liz Forkin Bohannon

Founder, CEO, Sseko Designs
While traveling in Uganda in 2008, Liz Forkin Bohannon learned that when young women graduate from secondary school, they have nine months to save up money in order to pay for their university education. In a patriarchal society where jobs are scarce, Liz found that many high-potential... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Hilton Austin Downtown Austin Chamber Offices

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