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Ripple

Marla is the leader of a women’s cooperative in Guatemala that creates some of our most popular bracelets like the Lleno, Paz, and Cortez to name a few. When we last visited with Marla we ...
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Speaking My Truth, part 2

(Read Part 1 here about my dramatic encounter with a comedian over his hurtful jokes about Guatemalans.) After the comedy show was finished, I immediately started spiraling. “What did I do? Did I overreact? Am ...
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Expectations – yet another direct sales golden nugget 

We’ve been getting bids on projects for our house. I’ll black out when I hear a number only to see my husband grinning ear-to-ear obviously pleased with the number.  When my doctor told me to ...
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Speaking My Truth, part 1

Years ago, I made a commitment to use my privilege to be a voice for the voiceless. I was recently on an Alaskan cruise with my partner and her family, where one of the cruise ...
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A Plug for Direct Sales

“I don’t want to sell to my friends and family.”             - Neither do I. And - we don’t. Direct sales is some of the best personal development you can ...
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Speak Up

https://threadsworldwide.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/sheer-pic-e1560810403344.jpgA few weeks ago, I was speaking on a panel at the Sheer Impact Conference. I was surrounded by smart and insightful changemakers ranging from politicians to social entrepreneurs. It was moderated by Debbie Scheer, ...
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Waiting for Hayes

I didn’t know this before the birth of my son, Hayes, but I’ve been waiting for him my whole life. Like literally just waiting - as in waiting to start my real life, waiting to ...
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My New Business Partner

I absolutely love being a mom. All the things I thought would annoy me like getting someone else dressed, waiting for little legs to walk step.. by.. step.. up.. and.. down.. the stairs by ‘self’, ...
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Accountability & our Family Value – Right Now

I’m sitting in an exec meeting and Kerstin, our Head of Sales, turns to me and says, “I can’t want this more than you do.” I’m shocked, I’m surprised.. I’m worried. What does she mean? ...
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Part of the Fair Trade Federation

We were accepted into the Fair Trade Federation!... and wow - what a process! We have had our eye on joining the Fair Trade Federation (FTF) since we launched Threads, but never prioritized the application ...
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Unconscious bias and our Artisan Partners

My awareness of my unconscious bias started in May and it was two instances that happened the year before that made me sick when I noticed. Each year we take Fair Trade Partners who earn ...
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The Unpolished Beginning

Since about May I've been in a serious conversation looking at all of my unconscious biases. I grew up in an upper-middle-class-mostly-white town, went to a nice private university (Tufts) where there was a lot ...
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