Using Consumer Goods for Cultural Transformation
Sunday, March 15
3:30PM - 4:30PM
Hilton Austin Downtown
Austin Chamber Offices
500 E 4th St
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.
Liz Forkin Bohannon
Liz Forkin Bohannon graduated from the University of Missouri with a Master’s degree in Journalism. In 2008, she moved to Uganda to assist in the communications efforts for a youth development orga...Show the rest
Liz Forkin Bohannon graduated from the University of Missouri with a Master’s degree in Journalism. In 2008, she moved to Uganda to assist in the communications efforts for a youth development organization based in Kampala. While there, Liz met an incredible group of talented young women who were struggling to finance their education. After travelling the country by motorcycle to find raw materials and learn how to produce footwear by hand, Liz hired three young women and started Sseko Designs. In three years, Sseko has grown from three women making sandals together under a mango tree, to an international footwear company that provides employment, educational opportunities and entrepreneurial training to women in East Africa.She now splits her time between Uganda and Portland, Oregon, where she and her husband Ben run Sseko Designs. Liz is passionate about social justice, compassionate consumerism and believes that empowering women is the key to global transformation.Hide the rest