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I had the opportunity to meet two inspiring women at a recent women’s travel festival that I attended called Wanderfest. While there, I met Angela Melfi, the co-founder and CEO of Threads Worldwide and Andrea Jones, Regional Fair Trade Leader. In this post, learn about what Threads Worldwide is, why it started, and how it makes an impact in women’s lives around the globe…

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Threads Worldwide, a fair profit ( notice I didn’t say for-profit), social impact organization, was founded in 2011 by three women exemplifying Margaret Mead’s words,“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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This episode is a conversation with the the co-founder of Threads International, Angela Melfi, and a Threads Socialprenuer Andrea Jones regarding the social benefits of fair trade​ and how these business practices empower everyone in the supply chain to earn a living wage both here and abroad.

We are community leaders who, in doing so ourselves, inspire others to live intentional and meaningful lives…

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Interview with Angela Melfi, Co-founder and CEO of Threads Worldwide along with two of Thread’s Socialpreneurs, Beth and Talia Ginsberg.

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This week in San Francisco, nearly 400 people gathered at The Intercontinental Hotel for the second annual 3% Conference.

The goal of the conference, and the growing 3% Movement started by Kat Gordon, is to bring together members of the advertising world for a national conversation about how to increase the number of female leaders in advertising agencies.

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My guest today is Angela Melfi.

Angela is co-founder and CEO of Threads Worldwide, a social enterprise that puts income and resources into the hands of impact-driven women in 9 countries including the United States. She oversees operations, marketing, and the sales field at Threads Worldwide.

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Past Speaking Engagements

Fair Trade Federation 2016

Angela spoke about the unique opportunity of direct sales to expand access to fair trade. Pictured here with Ben from Ben & Jerry’s!

Fair Trade Federation 2018

Angela created and facilitated a workshop in partnership with 10,000 Villages.


Angela joined long-time high school friend, Stacey, to share Threads beginning and passion for fair trade.

Fairlosophy Podcast

Angela and Kara speak with Socialpreneurs Jen and Jackie who launched their podcast after spending time together in Bali on the Threads Artisan trip.

The Next Leaders Podcast

Kara teams up with Shannon Keith, the Founder of Sudara to dive into socially conscious businesses and how they’re changing the world.

Keynotes at Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In and Expo

Angela and Kara were the keynote speakers at the Ohio Fair Trade Expo speaking about how fair trade is a solution to immigration.

Real Life Book Club Podcast

Kara talked about doing it afraid, living her truth and how important it is to slow down and listen to find out who we are.

Speak to Serve Live

Kara spoke about making a living and an impact doing what you love.

Camp Experience through the Camp Network

Angela and Kara took the stage together to rap on how Threads Worldwide deepens and expands friendships.


Angela represented Threads Worldwide at NextWomen in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Zen Parenting Podcast

Kara shared the impact her journey of self discovery, spiritual evolution, and her commitment to her purpose has on mothering her two girls.

International Women’s Summit

Kara participated on a panel of change makers from around the world. They spoke about social enterprise, their biggest challenges, accomplishments and why this type of business can change the world.

Sheer Impact Conference

Kara participated on a panel of impact entrepreneurs and discussed the importance of value alignment, building community and collaboration over competition.