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New York Women Social Entrepreneurs (NYWSE) announces the first annual GIVE GOOD Market, a holiday market for women-owned sustainable businesses on Friday Nov 30 – Saturday Dec 1.

It will be located at 601 West 26th Street in the iconic Starrett Lehigh Building, which is shared by 5000+ employees of creative companies such as Martha Stewart, Tommy Hilfiger, Club Monoco, and Smart Design. The goal of our market is to provide a highly-curated event that promotes successful women-owned businesses that produce supremely crafted sustainable fashion and goods this holiday season.

GIVE GOOD will feature up to 35 women-owned vendors selling gifts for the holidays across all major sections: apparel, accessories, and bath and beauty. Meet our vendors here. The market will also include supplemental programming such as a panel on supporting women-owned businesses, an on going art exhibition of female textile and fine artists, a female fillmmakers’ screening room, and ongoing DIY events during the day on Saturday. See the two-day schedule here. The market will conclude on Saturday evening with a party and musical entertainment.

This two-day affair has been organized by a stellar team of pioneers in the ethical fashion industry, the NY-based Underline Gallery, and former concert organizer of Shakira, and co-sponsored by Centre for Social Innovation and Rubina.

Our Market Team:

Kari Litzmann 
Market Lead and NYWSE Chapter Leader
Kari Litzmann is the founder and CEO of Rubina, an online shop that sells exclusive, hand-crafted accessory collections made in collaboration with women artisans and designers around the world. She has a background in communications design and branding, focusing most of her projects on the development of women through clients like Women’s World Banking and Barnard College. Kari has a Masters in Design Management from Pratt Institute, where she researched Design Management’s relevancy in economically-impoverished communities, and a Bachelors in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University. She currently serves as the Chapter Leader of New York Women Social Entrepreneurs, a network of more than 1,800 women involved in social enterprise and CSR, as well as volunteered with Kala Raksha, a groundbreaking NGO that empowers artisans through design in Kutch India. In 2012, Kari returned to India for five months in 2012 to build partnerships with design companies and women artisans for the launch of Rubina. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and is inspired by the entrepreneurial community there working to make the world a better place.

Jessica Marati
Lead: Supplemental Programming
Jessica Marati is a writer and consultant passionate about sustainability, social change, fashion, travel, and business. As a writer, she has journeyed to nearly fifty countries and reported on subjects ranging from surf culture in Costa Rica, to meditation in Thailand, to fashion weeks in New York, Paris, and Milan. Jessica also has a keen interest in start-ups and socially responsible business, and most recently headed up community and content at Quirky, a New York-based product development company. In 2011, Jessica launched tout le monde, a blog and e-commerce site dedicated to exploring the world of socially responsible style. The store’s debut Cambodia Collection features a handpicked selection of items that are ethically made, sustainably produced, and collaboratively developed in Cambodia. Learn more and connect with her at about.me/jessicamarati.

Casey Burry
Lead: Art Exhibition
Casey Burry, a native New Yorker, studied art history in Florence, Italy, and lived in Latin America for many years as a Cultural Attaché. After launching a fashion business in 2005, she worked in programming, curating and marketing at art galleries and institutions around the U.S.  She is currently the Gallery Director at Underline Gallery in the Meatpacking District in New York City.

Alicia Marin 
Lead: Musical programming
Alicia is an international advocacy professional with 8 years of work experienced in strategic planning and communications, managing non-profit organizations, and public policy advocacy campaigns in Latin America.  Originally from Spain, Alicia came to New York in 2008 as Deputy Director for ALAS Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by prominent artists and business leaders from Latin America, whose main objective was to advocate and promote Early Child Development (ECD) public polices and programs. Before beginning her work at ALAS Foundation, she worked extensively in the entertainment industry first as Accountant Assistant to International Artist and Education Activist Shakira and as marketing project manager at EMI Music.  

Kristina Drury, TYTHEdesign
Website Design
Kristina Drury is a designer, educator and the founder of TYTHEdesign, a collaborative design consulting firm. TYTHEdesign partners with nonprofits, community-based organizations, and social ventures to help them work better and increase the impact of their work. The firm uses the lens of design to exponentially improve service delivery, community engagement and workplace efficiency with four target areas: communications, workshops, systems, and spaces. Recently they were awarded the recognition of finalist in the Victor J. Papanek Award for Social Design 2011 and the Core77 Design Award 2012.  Prior to starting TYTHEdesign, she worked as the NYC chapter head for Project H Design, a charitable organization focusing on product design for social change.

Taru Rana
Lead: Operations, NYWSE Board
While working professionally in online and mobile product development, Taru Rana is passionate about cultivating opportunities for women through entrepreneurship and technology.  Currently serving on the NYWSE board, Taru has years of experience teaming up with female-focused social ventures such as The Junior League of Brooklyn, Sakhi for South Asian Women, Brooklyn Children’s Fund, and others. Her mission is to support social enterprise by developing creative programming, offering smart technology solutions, and organizing volunteer efforts. A design geek and recently graduated Vinyasa Yoga teacher, Taru finds peace in cultivating a healthy lifestyle for herself and others through giving, sharing, and community. She’s currently a Product Manager at The Wall Street Journal Digital Network and holds degrees in Radio/TV/Film and Asian Studies from the University of Texas, Austin.

Cynthia Hellen
Lead: Social Media, NYWSE Board
Passionately curious, socially oriented entrepreneur, collaborating to create positive, environmental and social change. She is the founder of smplct lab – A R+D lab with a mission to create cross cultural collaboration between artists, designers, technologists, scholars, researchers, policy-makers, and citizens; to design simple technology; and better educate those living in urban and rural areas. Cynthia is a 2012 Bloomberg Businessweek Fellow, a Class of 2012 Sandbox Network, and on the Leadership Team for New York Women Social Entrepreneurs, promoting young women social entrepreneurs by providing training and development, access to resources, networking opportunities, and general support for our members. She explores social entrepreneurship and technology in robotics, renewable energy, and fashion at socentech.com. Cynthia is an active volunteer at Project Sunshine, where she gets a chance to explore creative fun activities for children living with medical challenges in New York City hospitals.

Mary Frances Wines
Lead: PR

Natalie Fabe, YenYun Fu, Cosmo Fujiyama, Sharmila Gordon, Cynthia Hellen, Hannah Jang, Anastasia Khizenko, Sheena Lindahl, Kari Litzmann, Misha Matalia,  Taru Rana, Theresa VanderMeer. Former board member and advisor: Natalia Oberti Noguera