Summer has arrived. Wisconsin Without Borders Marketplace had a busy couple of weeks to finish off the spring semester and kick off the start of summer. Between the last few events of the school year, final exams and preparing for WWB Marketplace next semester, everybody has been on the move. We’ve had some big events like the School of Human Ecology’s Impact Fashion Show and the Morgridge Center’s Day of Service this spring. These events were able to help us strengthen our engagement with our community here at home and contribute to the success we share collectively with our friends here and abroad.
We were proud that our very own Graphic Design Coordinator, Erica Hess, had some of her original pieces in the spring Impact fashion show this spring! The event also allowed us to reconnect with some of our friends in the Global Artisan Design class who helped transform our current products into what we have today. Each piece only seems to get more beautiful every season. It was great to hear the stories of some many of the individuals who all play a different role in the connection outside of the business executive team that I interact with frequently. We were also able to share the success with our friends abroad by telling them the stories of our sales and events, and of course reinvesting profits back into their communities.
But this time it was in person!
This past week, four of our coordinators, Madeleine Wagner, Kealey Clemens, Cindy Pérez and Ashley Summers went to La Calera, Ecuador to meet with our global artisans. They’ve learned so much in Ecuador and have had a blast with the community in La Calera.
Madeleine mentioned the other day that they picked out colors for the WWB Marketplace fall collection. In between coffee breaks, they have also been working out designs for some new products and dancing with the community. When they settle back into summertime state side, they might even do a little guest blogging to tell their stories and our partner’s stories, first hand. Their plan was to lead workshops, learn the stories of our artisans more personally and connect with the community. We’ll be eager to hear the full details soon!
As for the rest of the team, with school out of session our staff is scattered all over the world. Our social media guru, Sophia Goldschmidt, will be spending the summer months in Australia working on social media with a foreign company. Hannah Keeser our master of wholesale operations spent some time already in Nicaragua for a global health field study. Our True Cost event queen, Jessica Stanislaus graduated and is now taking on the world. And I'll be keeping with the affairs of the nation and the world from Washington D.C. So keep your eyes peeled on social media for WWB Marketplace around the world. If you’re going on an adventure, take your WWBM pieces with, snap a picture and tag us in it --you never know, you might get featured!