Jane Mosbacher Morris is the Founder and CEO of TO THE MARKET | Survivor-made Goods, a social enterprise focused on the promotion of goods made by and stories told by survivors of conflict, abuse, and disease. 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.
She has also worked at the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She has traveled, written, and spoken broadly on issues ranging from social enterprise to peace and security and in venues ranging from the Alt Summit to the Naval Special Warfare Command. She blogs for the Huffington Post.
Mosbacher 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 serves on the Advisory Boards of Afghanistan’s ARZU: Studio of Hope, Texas-based 360 DEGREES Vanishing, child sexual abuse-focused non-profit Speak Your Silence, and wH20: The Journal on Gender and Water. She also serves on the Boards of Women LEAD and USA Cares. She is a proud mentor at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton School of Business’s Women Business Leaders. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a MBA from Columbia Business School. She is thrilled to be married to fellow entrepreneur, Nate Morris of Kentucky.
Social entrepreneur Connie K. Duckworth founded ARZU, which means “hope” in Dari, in 2004 to empower destitute women weavers in rural Afghanistan. From 30 weavers, ARZU has grown into a learning laboratory for holistic grassroots economic development, employing some 500 Afghans. Ms. Duckworth retired in 2001 as a Partner and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs, the first woman to be named a sales and trading partner in the firm’s history. For the past decade, she has focused her business lens in roles as a corporate director, author, and activist. The recipient of numerous awards for leadership, advocacy, social impact, and innovation, Ms. Duckworth holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from the University of Texas.
Leigh Flayton is the Editor-In-Chief of Arrive magazine. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Salon, The Huffington Post and The Los Angeles Times Magazine, among other publications. She is the founder of The Bohemia Foundation, and has worked on behalf of Mukhtar Mai in Pakistan and schoolgirls in the Turkana District of Kenya. She lives in New York City.
Paul Hurley is the founder of ideeli.com, a leading next-generation E-commerce retailer for mainstream women. He served as its CEO from inception until October 2012; the company was sold to Groupon (GRPN) in January 2014. ideeli delivers carefully curated, limited-time sales of women’s apparel, accessories, home fashion and beauty products. In 2011 Inc. Magazine named ideeli the #1 fastest growing private company in its Inc. 5000 rankings. Hurley has been a long-time serial entrepreneur. In 1989 he founded Cypress Research, which combined E-commerce with embedded upgrade technology years ahead of the internet. Cypress Shopper, a component of the company's MegaPhone software for Macs and PCs, shipped over 10 million copies in 23 countries. In 1994, he founded Aveo which invented the now pervasive concept of pre-emptive technical support, with its products adopted by Hewlett Packard, Gateway, Dell, Kensington and Logitech. Paul's third company, Alset, Inc., was founded in 2001 and helped leading brands such as Best Buy and Micro Warehouse use the internet to simultaneously improve service and marketing. Hurley is a co-inventor for two U.S. patents and for ten years served on the board of Volunteermatch.org. He graduated from Yale University and is a Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute.
Rachel is the author-designer of well loved family blog Handmade Charlotte. She is the mother of 5 ridiculously cute children and loves everyone she meets. Her mini collection for Anthropologie was a stepping stone for projects with Target, Home Depot, Energizer, Subaru, Pottery Barn Kids, Levi's, Disney, and more. Handmade Charlotte has been featured in Martha Stewart, HGTV, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Country Living, and Molly Makes.
Shayna Kulik is a New York based Creative Director and Brand Strategist. Focusing on design and market research, Kulik has brought her unique perspective to companies including Apple, Estee Lauder, Fisher Price, Kiehl’s, Perrier and Steven Alan. Kulik is also the founder of Pattern Pulp, a platform dedicated to tracking emerging concepts in print and pattern. Linking global trends from fabric design, to advertising, to product packaging, Kulik’s work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, PSFK, Design*Sponge, Elle Decor and House Beautiful. She also serves on the board of The Color Association.
Margeaux Gray has transcended her horror as a victim of child abuse which encompassed child sex trafficking. Today she advocates against all forms of abuse, including human trafficking. Additionally, Margeaux advocates for holistic trauma informed care for victims and survivors. She mentors at-risk youth, speaks publicly, and consults with various organizations on improving victim services in the healthcare and social service fields. As an artist who is visually impaired, Margeaux's work incorporates found objects which other people might consider trash. It's a symbol that people whom our society might disregard—among them victims of abuse, human trafficking, and those with disabilities—remain creatures of value and beauty.
With a wide range of finance and media expertise, Gabrielle spent the past eleven years co-managing media and internet investments for the Bass Family (BBT Capital Management). Before BBT, she was in the equity research department at ABN Amro, the Dutch investment bank, covering the telecom equipment space. Gabrielle now acts as a business consultant for start-ups and sits on two advisory boards. She holds a BS in Finance and International Business from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.
Ryan Jetton is a digital engagement expert with an extensive background in online marketing, technology, and strategy. Jetton concentrates on niche markets including issue advocacy, government relations, and B2B and B2C advertising.
Jetton is the founder and CEO of Utility Digital, LLC, an advertising and marketing technology company. Prior to founding Utility Digital, Jetton was the Chief Technology Officer and Marketing Strategist for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and field director for Congressman Pete Session's (TX-32) 2008 reelection campaign where he focused on voter targeting and management.
Jetton is a native of Dallas, TX and a graduate of the University of San Diego.
Holly is a survivor of child sex trafficking and an advocate against all forms of human trafficking. She is requested on a regular basis to provide testimony and input to law enforcement, health and social service providers, community organizations, and journalists. In her nonfiction book, Walking Prey, Holly shares her personal story and discusses dynamics related to child sex trafficking in the United States. Holly earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a Minor in Writing from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She currently lives in Richmond, VA with her husband, Ben, and their adopted Jack Russell, Jackie.
Meaghan Stakelin is the creator of The Fit Crasher, a blog highlighting the boutique fitness industry. She has been featured on the Today Show as a go-to fitness resource and profiled in publications including the Washington Post and Refinery 29 for leveraging social media and a team of writers to create a vibrant and engaged online community. Meaghan works as a PR professional in New York and holds a graduate degree from Georgetown University's journalism school, where she focused on social media, multimedia storytelling, and public relations writing. She holds a BA from Georgetown University in Government and Arab Studies.
Jill Morris has been working in the victims' rights field since 1994. Most recently, she served as the Retail Operations Director for the Not For Sale Campaign--developing and promoting the sale of survivor-made goods made at Not For Sale's partner programs in the U.S, India, El Salvador, Peru, Uganda, and Cambodia. She began her career working for the U.S. Department of Justice and served as the Director of Public Policy for the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She has also worked as the Director of Communications for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. In 2006, Jill won the Amnesty International Human Rights Award for her work on the Violence Against Women Act. She lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband and overly rambunctious Border Collie.
Charlotte Florance is a writer based in Amman, Jordan. She is the founder of SIKU style, a global lifestyle blog focused on people, places and products found in global emerging markets. Before moving to the Middle East with her fiancé, Ramsey Day, she served as the Africa and Middle East Policy Analyst at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. While at Heritage, she helped promote the Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal’s Index of Economic Freedom, travelling to Africa and the Middle East to meet with global leaders, civil society organizations, and public policymakers to discuss entrepreneurship, trade and investment, and economic policies. Charlotte has spoken at numerous global conferences about women’s economic empowerment, African trade, and public-private partnerships. She has also lived and worked in Kenya on an initiative supporting women’s entrepreneurship, as well as worked with non-profits in Africa and the Middle East including St. Joseph Shelter of Hope, Refugee Open Ware and Indego Africa. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Conflict, Security and Development from the War Studies Department at King’s College London, graduating with the highest distinction. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations with a concentration in International Security from the University of Southern California.
Mariya Khan is a freshman at George Washington University. Ever since she was ten years old, she’s been writing historical fiction and romance stories with the hopes of becoming a published, professional author. In addition to writing, Mariya loves photography, cooking, baking, and discovering new alternative bands. A fashion and culture enthusiast, Mariya is excited to learn about and share beautiful survivor-made products and the inspiring stories of survivors worldwide. If she could, Mariya would love to travel around the world to work with survivors and document her adventures as a travel writer.
Claire hails from Charlotte, North Carolina and studied Political Science and National Security at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Her writing skills have been showcased throughout her campus, being honored for excellence for her contributions to Grove City College’s newspaper The Collegian and winning Grove City’s chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa’s Paper of the Year in the Humanities category. Her talents also extend to the creative world, having held the position of Music Director for Grove City College’s campus radio station as well as President of the Grove City College Photography Club.
Karen is a creative digital marketer, always looking for an opportunity to grow as an individual and professional. She currently holds a position as an E-commerce Marketing and Fraud Specialist at Nikon Inc. and E-commerce consultant for ES Originals. Intrigued by world cultures and being an avid fashion enthusiast drives her vision to use her diverse skill set to inform and empower women around the globe through these mediums.
Danielle currently resides in Darien, CT and is pursuing her bachelor's degree in Neuroscience with the goal of obtaining an MD/Ph.D. degree. By nature a student, Danielle firmly believes every person has something to teach. She has a keen interest for the stories of others and believes that each individual story holds wisdom. Danielle hopes survivors can recognize that their stories are filled with strength and fortitude. When not writing about herself in the third person, Danielle enjoys ballet, playing with her labradoodle and visiting the MOMA with her friends.
Aleena is a high school senior in Maryland, who longs to fulfill her sense of wanderlust and travel the world. When she isn't playing soccer or watching Tangled, she loves to immerse herself in books and write poems. She believes that it's the little things that count, and has made it her mission to try and help others in any way possible. With TO THE MARKET, she hopes to help empower young women everywhere and inspire the community to take action. Eventually, Aleena plans on joining the Peace Corps.