Barrett Ward

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Barrett Ward is the founder & CEO of fashionABLE, a company creating sustainable business opportunities in Africa, especially for vulnerable women and women-run businesses. The fashionABLE line includes scarves and leather goods.

While living in Ethiopia, Barrett and his wife Rachel saw firsthand how extreme poverty forced too many young girls and women to make awful choices for money. When speaking to these women, they told him they wanted an opportunity to earn a living, not to be given charity, so he created a business that would give them a job. The images of young women roaming the streets for income motivated him to start fashionABLE, and as the company diversifies the ways they work with women, this core business continues to grow.

Prior to fashionABLE, Barrett was the founder of the Mocha Club. Mocha Club is a community of people giving up the cost of a few mochas a month to fund development projects in Africa. They work in five main project areas: Clean Water, Education, Economic Freedom, Orphan Care, and Healthcare. The community-based website allows members to start a team and invite friends to join them in giving up the cost of a few mochas a month to support their chosen project.

Barrett is a graduate of Indiana University and currently resides in Nashville, TN with his wife, and 3 beautiful daughters.

Panel: Can Business Build a Better World?

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