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SXSW 2019

Socially Conscious Business and the Etho-Economy

In a world where Corporate Social Responsibility and B Corps are gaining traction with everyday consumers, business models that take sustainability and social impact seriously are quickly becoming non-negotiable. The way we see it, a business's sustainability strategy (or the lack thereof) will ultimately determine their long-term profitability. We want to sit down with the experts in this space to chat about the rise of what we call the Etho-Economy, which is the part of the global economy made up of businesses that prioritize fair wages, the environment and respect the well being of all their stakeholders. This open-minded dialogue will explore the common "hot spots", or pressure points, that sustainable businesses deal with along with the kicker--establishing trust with your consumer.

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  1. The Etho-Economy is made up of businesses that prioritize fair wages, the environment, and respect for the well-being of all their stakeholders.
  2. There are many common "hot spots", or pain points, in sustainable businesses. Our panelists will share their experiences with these dilemmas.
  3. Throughout this discussion, we will address the invaluable skill of establishing and maintaining trust with your consumer.


  • Jackie Huba, Bestselling author, TEDx and keynote speaker, Faire Inc.
  • Sydney Sherman, Co-Founder & CEO, Faire Inc.
  • Kirsten Dickerson , CEO & Creative Director, Raven + Lily
  • Jen Lewis, Founder & Executive Director, Purse & Clutch


Maci Smith, Creative Director, Faire Inc.

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Style & Retail
  • Level: Intermediate
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