TRADE Talks | Trade Challenges and Opportunities in the Artisan Market – 3-29-17

  • March 29, 2017
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) invites you to a Trade Talk exploring the trade challenges and opportunities in the artisan market of skilled artists and craft persons who make high-quality distinctive products in small quantities, usually by hand or using traditional methods.


Jane Mosbacher Morris | Founder and CEO, To The Market

Jane Mosbacher Morris is the Founder and CEO of TO THE MARKET a socially inspired business connecting the 32B artisan industry with businesses and consumers seeking social impact products.  She previously served as the Director of Humanitarian Action for the McCain Institute for International Leadership, where she managed the Institute’s anti-human trafficking program. She currently serves on the Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.

Morris is a member of VF Corporation’s Advisory Council on Responsible Sourcing. She has traveled, spoken, and written broadly on peace, security, and social business for platforms ranging from the National Defense University to Refinery29.  She and TO THE MARKET have also been featured in publications ranging from Glamour to The New York Times.

In 2016, Jane was selected as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Morris has received numerous awards from the Department of State, as well as has been named one of the “Top 99 Under 33 Most Influential Young Professionals” by The Diplomatic Courier in 2011.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a MBA from Columbia Business School. She is proud to be married to fellow entrepreneur, Nate Morris of Kentucky.

Joan Shifrin | Founder, Global Goods Partners

Joan Shifrin is co-founder and co-president of Global Goods Partners (GGP), a nonprofit social enterprise founded in 2005 to alleviate poverty and promote social justice in the Global South. GGP creates economic opportunity for women in some of the world’s poorest communities by providing access to the U.S. market for the fair trade, handmade products they produce. Working in partnership with more than 40 partners in 20 countries, GGP provides technical assistance, product design and development, operational expertise and small capacity building grants to their community based partners. Previously, from 1999 to 2005, Joan served as the director of community education and outreach at the Global Fund for Children (GFC), a nonprofit organization that supports programs for marginalized children and their families and that produced a series of award-winning children’s books focused on universal childhood issues and experiences. In addition, Joan has served as senior project manager at Matthews Media Group, a social-marketing firm that develops and implements public education campaigns on health-related issues, and as marketing manager for an international financial-services division of Citicorp, Inc. She is the recipient of the Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Hidden Hero Award. Ms. Shifrin received an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She lives in Washington D.C.

Moderator, Katherine Almeida | Small Business & Entrepreneurial Affairs, Embassy of the Dominican Republic

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch.

Preregistration recommended due to limited space of #40.

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