After I completedÂ my degree in Latin American Literature and Anthropology andÂ my Honorâ€™s Thesis, I traveled to Guatemala to volunteer on a Mayan Indian womenâ€™s cooperative and to explore the country backpacking alone for two months.Â The 36 year Civil War, which resulted in genocide, rape, and other unimaginable atrocities had just ended.Â The indigenous women I met and worked with on the cooperative had experienced the bloody violence and where there to empower themselves after the warÂ so they could return to their villages.Â I will never forget their strength, resilience, and courage as they told us stories of the violence they experienced and their determination to rebuild their villages.Â After 3 weeks of volunteering I traveled around Guatemala became enchanted with the rich, intricate, and gorgeous textiles the women were is weaving and wearing.Â As I studied these stunning textiles and learned it was a 2000 year old tradition, I couldnâ€™t help but think what pure geniuses these women were. Â They were also some of the poorest people in Guatemala.Â This contradiction made no sense to me.Â Between the women I met volunteering and the fascinating textiles woven by those in deep poverty, this trip became the inspiration for Coleccion Luna.Â I travel to Guatemala 4-6xs a year to work directly in partnership with the Mayan Indians on a line of textiles (handbags, pillows, table runners) that are created from their reclaimed traditional clothing, as well as a line of beaded jewelry and woodcarvings using Fair Trade practices. I wholesale the goods all over the US.Â My artisans have become my family & their communities my homeâ€¦
This week on Chic Perspectives, Elizabeth Gordon interviews Stephanie Jolluck about her inspiring entrepreneurial journey.
Stephanie started Coleccion Luna at age 26 in 1999, to focus on empowering women, alleviating poverty, furthering sustainability, and promoting cultural diversity and understanding. While volunteering in Guatemala, she was inspired to prevent a 2,000 year old textile tradition from slowly disappearing.
Owner, designer, anthropologist, social entrepreneur and humanitarian, Stephanie has weaved social impact into a growing business and carved an entrepreneurial path with her desire to help an impoverished community share its legacy and enrich the world.
Hear about Stephanie’s travels to Guatemala to help Mayan Indians set up home-based businesses and import their handmade products, including handbags, pillows, wood carvings and vibrant, rich fabrics, enabling them to earn fair wages from their traditional skills, and to support and educate their families.
Stephanie is one of eight Atlanta entrepreneurs who will be sharing their success strategies at aÂ Womenetics symposium Â The Millennial Money Makers: Fabulous and Flourishing on Wednesday, June 20 from 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at The Retreat at Perimeter Summit. The program showcases innovative young business leaders who have harnessed the power of technology, collaboration, creativity, and knowledge of social impact to create markets, products, and services for the current times.
Aspiring and existing business owners will gain invaluable tools and strategic insights from forward-thinking for-profit and non-profit business owners who will present firsthand experience and keys to success that can be applied to any existing or startup organization.
Leading-edge industries including technology, consulting, ice cream, eco-friendly products, clothing and accessories, concierge services, social impact, and others will be represented. Â To register, go to http://www.womenetics.com/details/51-entrepreneurs-2012-the-millennial-money-makers.
Find Coleccion Luna one of a kind handbags, pillows and jewelryÂ atÂ www.coleccionluna.com available for wholesale and at area retailers in Atlanta.
Elizabeth Gordon interviews NAWBO Atlanta Board Members, Corporate Partners, and prominent members.
Andrea G. Borden isÂ Managing Partner, Borden Schmidt Consulting andÂ President, NAWBO Atlanta (National Association of Women Business Owners). Â Â Borden Schmidt helps companies increase revenue through sales consulting and financial consulting services.
Andrea has a proven track record of increasing sales rapidly within a wide range of companies from small private companies to global public corporations such as Robert Half International, Spherion Staffing, Compaq Computer/HP and Ziff-Davis Media.
Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the voice of Americaâ€™s 10.6 million women-owned businesses and is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries.
Laura Stevenson is on theÂ Executive Committee, Board of Directors, NAWBO Atlanta and anÂ Attorney at the Law Office of Laura Stevenson. Â She is also a prominent member ofÂ Georgia Association for Women Lawyers.
Her practice handles:
Commercial Disputes: debt collection
Employment: non-compete agreements, wage/hour
ERISA: welfare benefit plan and pension plan claims, COBRA
Consumer Credit: Truth-In-Lending, Fair Credit Reporting, Fair Debt Collection Practices
Civil Rights: race, age, sex and disability discrimination
Deb Carr is the corporate partner liaison for UPS with NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) andÂ an International Account Manager for UPS. Â Deb provides supply chain management and global logistics solutions for medium and large multi-national organizations.
With more than 15 years of comprehensive experience in supply chain and logistics complemented by a marketing background, Deb is sought after for her business knowledge regarding international shipping and technology efficiencies.
She is known for her exceptional customer relations and logistics skills and works with key decision makers to link UPS solutions to drive strategic corporate goals.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Deb is a contributing volunteer at a number of professional organizations and was recently voted into Alpha Team Search & Rescue where she works with a team of volunteers and canines to support law enforcement in finding the lost and missing.
Dianne Ogle isÂ a highly skilled leader and consultant andÂ Founder of Business Momentum Group (BMG)Â helping companies grow their businesses by offering a consortium of services:
â€¢ Strategic Business Planning
â€¢ Marketing / Sales/ Public Relations
â€¢ Executive Coaching
â€¢ Business Development/ Project Management
â€¢ Leadership Development
â€¢ Organizational Excellence
â€¢ Launch and Sustainability Expertise
â€¢ Execution Specialist
â€¢ Non Profit Excellence
She also has been growing professional women CEO and Câ€Level women peer group organizations, to assist companies in growing and developing their organizations from the inside out.