San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
You are invited to New York Women Social Entrepreneurs "How She Does It" Dinner featuring Ruth DeGolia, Founder of Mercado Global.
Join us Monday, October 21st, 2013 at Maharlika NYC, 111 1st Ave., New York, NY at 6:30pm for (a woman only) dinner, ft. Ruth as she discusses investing in women as entrepreneurs.
Ruth De Golia's award-winning model for the non-profit organization Mercado Global is grounded in building up women entrepreneurs from an unlikely population - the indigenous Mayan women of the Guatemalan highlands. Having survived a decades-long Civil War, ongoing discrimination, severe poverty, and lack of access to education and other paths to success, the indigenous women of Guatemala possess talents in weaving and sewing that Ruth recognized as tools to starting a successful enterprise. Mercado Global provides training programs in artisans' native dialects and helps them form co-ops so they can do business with international retailers like Anthropologie and Lucky Brand Jeans. The model hinges on empowering these indigenous women to think of themselves as leaders and help them to break out of the cycle of poverty and into leadership opportunities; as a result, women are earning up to three times the national average and sending their children to school for the first time.
Ruth DeGolia, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Mercado Global Cleveland native Ruth DeGolia began working with artisans in rural Latin America in 2002 while studying at Yale University. She worked with NGOs and rural indigenous communities in Guatemala on a range of local development initiatives, including community health, education, and income-generation projects. With a start-up grant from Echoing Green, Ruth co-founded Mercado Global in 2004 to provide sustainable income opportunities to some of Guatemala’s most rural and poor communities.
She realized that this was a model that could lift hundreds and eventually thousands of families out of poverty. Over the past nine years, Ruth has built an organization that began in a Yale dorm into an organization with offices in the U.S. and Guatemala that provides fair wage income to nearly 400 women in 31 cooperatives and 2,000 dependents. Mercado Global’s sales partners include Levi Strauss, Anthropologie, and Ron Herman, among others.
Ruth graduated with distinction from Yale University with degrees in Ethics, Politics, and Economics and in International Studies. She has received honors for her academic work on the impact of globalization on political and economic development in Latin America, including the William H. Orrick prize at Yale University. In May 2004, she was named among the “World's Best Emerging Social Entrepreneurs” by Echoing Green and has received the “Award for Social Innovation” from the Social Enterprise Alliance. She has appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine as one of the “15 People Who Make America Great” alongside Brad Pitt and Soledad O'Brian of CNN. The Huffington Post and National Public Radio have featured Ruth’s model for poverty alleviation, and she has appeared on the Tyra Banks Show and Good Morning America, and has won an MTV Brick Award.
Cynthia Hellen, Peruvian - American entrepreneur, writer, producer, director and speaker of Spanish descent. Founder and Chief Executive Officer 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 worldwide; design simple technology for those living on $2 a day; and better educate society on sustainable living.
Maharlika NYC Filipino Moderno opened it's door as a pop-up restaurant in the winter of 2011. A neighborhood type restaurant, its name means "Royalty" in Tagalog. The word Maha and Leeka translates to "Noble Work" in Sanskrit. Some Asian historians argue Maharlika is the original name of the 7,107 islands that comprise the Philippines. The name was handpicked as an homage to the life, times and food of the Global Pinoy.
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New York Women’s Social Entrepreneurs, or NYWSE, is the New York branch of an international organization dedicated to the advancement of social causes as well as each of its members. NYWSE is dedicated to the advancement of each of its members, and spearheads positive change through innovation, creativity, ambition and commitment to solving social and environmental problems. Our vision is to bring women to the highest positions of leadership in business, government, social and environmental work by providing training, access to resources, networking opportunities, and by providing a platform for women to engage and learn from one another.