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IGEL Women in Sustainability Leadership Seminar Series: Francesca Kennedy,...

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In 2010, when Francesca Kennedy went back to Guatemala to visit her family, she found that the lake she had been baptized in, Lake Atitlan, was deemed by NASA to be one of the world’s worst natural disasters. The blue green algae that now inhabited the once clear lake was the first spark into what would later become her mission-driven entrepreneurial career. By the end of this trip, Kennedy had had her aha moment. She was going to start a company that prided itself on a triple bottom line — creating jobs for the women in Guatemala, providing clean drinking water for the Guatemalan communities and being profitable.Ix Style, which produces huarache sandals in collaboration with Mayan artisans, was named after the Mayan word for water and woman. Since its inception Kennedy has partnered with J.Crew, Goop, and The Gap, among others.

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