Did you know that 80% of our fashion is made by 18-24 year old women? The fashion we choose directly impacts her life.
Join Spark, SF's largest network of millennial philanthropists working together to advance gender equality, for a lively discussion moderated by Spark's Interim Executive Director, Amanda Brock, with:
Ayesha Barenblat, founder of Remake, an exciting San Francisco based startup that’s making it easy to be a sustainable fashionista
Kim Almeida, Senior Program Manager at the Levi Strauss Foundation, where she leads efforts to improve the lives of the people who make Levi Strauss & Co. products.
Steph Cordes, Vice Chair at the Cordes Foundation, where she leads the philanthropic and investment portfolio in women and girls empowerment, specifically looking at market-based innovations in sustainable supply chain, ethical fashion, and women’s entrepreneurship generally.
Come learn more about who makes your clothes and what her life, hopes and dreams are like. Find out how you can vote with your voice and wallet to make a difference in the lives of the 40 million people who make our clothes.
Afterwards join us for drinks and hors d'oeuvres and a chance to mingle with San Francisco’s sustainable fashion community and discover locally made slow fashion brands.
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Senior Program Manager, Levi Strauss Foundation
Kim leads Levi Strauss Foundation’s commitment to improve the wellbeing of people working in clothing factories around the world. From Haiti to Sri Lanka, she has listened to the needs of the women who make Levi Strauss & Co. products and set up programs to help address the challenges faced by factory workers, be it access to reproductive health information or reducing harassment and gender inequity in the workplace.
Kim loves working across a truly global team on an issue she cares deeply about: the wellbeing of the people who make our clothes. Her advice to anyone interested in a sustainable career: “Be patient, embrace every opportunity as a chance to grow and be humble but ambitious in your career. I feel like humility is such a great trait that doesn’t get enough attention. Also, find something that you’re passionate about. For me, my personal and professional interests are one and the same.”
Prior to joining the Levi Strauss Foundation, she worked in international development, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. She was the Global Research Manager at UL Responsible Sourcing advising clients on how to improve working conditions in global supply chains. Kim has also conducted extensive research on the business case for responsible labor and managed grantmaking programs throughout Latin America for Nokia and the International Youth Foundation.
She has a Master of Pacific International Affairs from University of California, San Diego’s School of International Relations. Hailing from Guatemala, Kim is fluent in Spanish and German and proficient in Portuguese.
Remake’s is focused on the power of films, visual storytelling and immersive journeys to create a conscious consumer movement. Remake’s stories appeal to the hearts and minds of millennial consumers to advocate for the human beings who make our clothes in factories around the world.
Ayesha loves to ask: “If you see her, meet her, get to know her, will you care about her – knowing that she is the same age as you, with hopes and dreams that are no different?” She wants every consumer to recognize how powerful they are, that every purchase matters and directly impacts the fierce and hard working women behind our fashion. Together we can #remakeourworld.
Ayesha is passionate about where things come from, who made them and what their lives are like. She has spent the last decade working with brands, governments and nonprofits to improve the lives of makers in global supply chains. Previously Ayesha led brand engagement at Better Work, a World Bank and United Nations partnership. In this capacity she engaged brands, trade unions and local governments from Jordan to Haiti to ensure safe and decent working conditions in factories around the world. Prior to this, she was head of consumer products at BSR, providing strategic advice to brands including Levi Strauss and Company, Marks and Spencer, Nike and the Gucci Group on the design and integration of sustainability into business. She has a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
She counts both Karachi and San Francisco as her homes, and she is happiest when telling stories that create empathy and bind us together as human beings.
Vice Chair, Cordes Foundation
Steph joined her family foundation as Vice Chair after transitioning out of a career in publishing at Self Magazine within the Conde Nast group. Steph currently leads the Foundation’s philanthropic and investment portfolio in women and girls empowerment, specifically looking at market-based innovations in sustainable supply chain, ethical fashion, and women’s entrepreneurship generally. She also spends a large amount of time focusing on the Foundation’s work in millennial engagement. Steph serves as a member of the Foundation’s investment committee and co-directs its impact investing strategy by leveraging catalytic capital to sustainable enterprises at the bottom of the pyramid. A long time fashionista, she has additionally held various positions in the fashion industry, including Allure magazine and conscious luxury brands such as Alberta Ferretti and Maiyet.
Interim Executive Director, Spark
Amanda Brock is the Interim Executive Director of Spark, the leading network of millennial donors dedicated to advancing gender equality with chapters in San Francisco and New York City. Giving back and encouraging her peers to do the same gets her up in the morning. In her three and a half years at Spark, Amanda has turned passion into action, growing Spark’s network from 5,000 to 10,000 young professionals and philanthropic mentors, mobilizing the community to improve the lives of women and girls around the world. Additionally, Amanda has helped young donors invest over $150,000 into women-led grassroots organizations, while also training them to become leaders in the women’s movement, themselves. She Prior to Spark, Amanda worked in the advertising industry, bringing years of strategic communication, marketing expertise and client management to her role at Spark. Amanda graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with Honors.
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