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2010 Ethical Fashion Forum and Lookbook launch

The Ethical and Eco Fashion Forum aims to bring together a collaborative movement which addresses and initiates discussion amongst leaders, policy makers, consumers, and fashion designers. The forum, which is held the week of Fashion Fights Poverty annual fashion show, offers a platform to discuss on a number of issues related to eco-sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), anti-poverty income-generating programs, micro-finance, and commercial fashion. These issues all get at the big question: "Can Fashion Fight Poverty?" The panel features representatives from the corporate industry, the fashion industry, the non-profit sector, the international organization and, the academic institutions.

The Forum tackles the wider impact of ethical and eco fashion movement from individual-based changes in consumer behavior to whole changes of the industry. Eco- and ethical ties are values embedded in corporate social responsibility. What are for-profit corporations doing to minimize their negative impact on the state of poverty and the environment? How are eco- and ethical principles being practiced in the jewelry industry? Related not just to fashion but a way of living – panelists will discuss how today more than ever and in light of worldwide financial slowdown, eco and ethical are opening doors that could not have been open before.

The Forum will also host the launch of the Dress Responsibly "Workers" and "Genius" issues in which writers present essays discussing many of the issues addressed in the Forum.

DETAILS

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
1101 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

RSVP by noon Wednesday, October 13, 2010 to rsvp@fashionfightspoverty.org.

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speakers and moderator

Adam Benz, moderator

Adam Benz is Editor-in-Chief of Foreign Policy Digest. He practices as an attorney and is a member of the California and District of Columbia bar associations.

Adam has worked as an associate attorney at Homer Law, Chartered, a small law firm specializing in tribal law, federal lobbying, and tribal-state intergovernmental relations, as well as on transnational legal issues, including investigations of Latin American-based corporations for potential violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Adam’s international affairs experience includes work with the United Nations Consultation on Women and the Right to Housing, the Inter-American Dialogue, and the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, and the Honduran chapter of Save the Children. He has also worked on school desegregation litigation as a legal intern at the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Educational Opportunities Section. Adam has collaborated with indigenous communities in rural Honduras and Belize on multiple sustainable community development projects. He was one of the founders of the first official academic exchange between Princeton University and the University of Havana, and speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Adam obtained his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, where he majored in Politics, earning a Certificate in Latin American Studies. He completed his graduate education at the George Washington University, where he received a J.D. from the law school along with a M.A. in International Affairs with a double concentration in International Law and International Economics at the Elliott School of International Affairs. He has also studied international human rights law at Oxford University.


Jeff Goldman

Executive Director - Jeff Goldman joined FTRN in January 2009.  He has fortunately received directions, cultural insights, and genuine kindness from countless locals while working & backpacking in 54 countries across six continents. Just prior to joining FTRN, he served as Executive Director of Mango Tree, a socially responsible business designing & producing low-literacy communication materials in Uganda. He was first introduced to Fair Trade while working as a Membership & Development Coordinator at Co-op America (now Green America). He has led service learning & personal growth trips for groups of secondary school students to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Cuba, Thailand, Australia, and Hawaii.  He taught English in China, environmental science in Bolivia, and social studies at two Washington, DC high schools. For five years he led experiential education programs for students at Close Up in Washington, DC, by guiding week-long government & politics education tours.   He earned an M.S. in Energy and Environmental Policy from MIT, and a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. He loves health food, digital photography, playing tennis & adventuring in nature. View website»


Brendan Hurley

Brendan Hurley is the Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Goodwill of Greater Washington where he is responsible for the non-profit agency’s
internal and external marketing & communications strategies covering its retail
operations, contract services and job training programs. He has been with Goodwill since
October 2003. Brendan holds an MS in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in
Communications from James Madison University. He resides in Northern Virginia with
his wife Atsuko and their son, Jacob. View website»


Jonathan Jacoby

Jonathan Jacoby is Senior Policy Advisor in the Private Sector Department at Oxfam America, where he engages the business and investor communities in advocacy to advance Oxfam’s public policy priorities. His work with major companies such as Starbucks, eBay, Nike, Levi Strauss, Swiss Re, Wal-Mart, and Mars has amplified the business case for US investment in climate change adaptation, foreign assistance reform, and other policy areas related to sustainable development.

Previously, Jacoby served as Associate Director for International Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress, a leading think tank in Washington started by former President Clinton’s Chief of Staff John Podesta. There he co-authored "Virtuous Circle," a blueprint for the new Administration's approach to development, trade, and globalization – including a major emphasis on the International Labor Organization’s Decent Work Agenda. Jacoby also offered expert economic commentary on CNN, BBC, CNBC, and PBS. View website»


Nicole Kurokawa

Nicole Kurokawa joined the Winston Group in February 2010. Prior to joining the Winston Group, Nicole worked for a number of think tanks, including the Independent Women's Forum, the Cato Institute, and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. In addition, she has authored several papers for the Illinois Policy Institute and Americans for Prosperity- Illinois.

Her work has been published in the American Spectator Online, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Townhall.com, and the Daily Caller. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and CBN, and is a frequent guest on radio programs across the country.

Kurokawa holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Illinois, and a master's of public policy from Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy with a specialization in economic policy and foreign policy. View website»


Jung Hwa Song

Jung Hwa Song is Asia Pacific Regional Editor of Foreign Policy Digest. She is an M.A. candidate in International Economics and Development at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to SAIS, Jung produced and managed online content for "World News with Charles Gibson" and worked as an associate at Diligence LLC, a global risk consulting and corporate intelligence firm. She has also worked at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, helping to organize conferences while conducting research on U.S.-China energy policy and Chinese urban planning. Jung has conducted extensive field research on Chinese policy toward North Korean border crossers and has written op-eds on U.S.-China-North Korean relations as a Young Scholar at the Center for Strategic International Studies. She has also worked as an editorial assistant to the former director of Korean research at Columbia University, Professor Samuel Kim. Jung received her A.B. from Princeton University and has a certificate in Mandarin Chinese from Tsinghua University in Beijing.

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PARTNERS & SPONSORS

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FPD focuses exclusively on world affairs and provides a platform designed specifically for the new social media generation. The purpose of the digest is to provide greater access to international issues for a new generation of Americans who have grown up online.  Every month we publish a series of articles for each of six global regions: Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe/Russia, the Middle East, and South Asia.  Each article highlights a significant news event and features a clear explanation of the issue involved, the appropriate level of background to provide readers with necessary context, and an analysis of how the issue is likely to impact the lives of Americans. View website»

Founded in 1999, the Fair Trade Resource Network (FTRN) seeks to build a more just and sustainable world by gathering, developing, and disseminating educational resources about Fair Trade. FTRN is the only non-profit organization in the world focused exclusively on Fair Trade education, helping people to better understand the impact of their buying decisions. FTRN also works to create a space for dialogue and exchange within the Fair Trade movement. Whether through in-person meetings or online exchanges, FTRN propels the Fair Trade movement in the US through critical discourse and information sharing. View website»

Goodwill of Greater Washington's mission is to educate, train, employ and place people with disadvantages and disabilities, creating a stronger workforce and a more vital community while building dignity for the people we serve through the removal of barriers to personal success. View website»



Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Together with individuals and local groups in more than 90 countries, Oxfam saves lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice. We are one of the 14 affiliates in the international confederation, Oxfam. View website»



The Winston Group is in the business of making ideas matter. We’re not your typical pollsters or strategists. We’re innovators with political and policy experience, published scholars, and former Capitol Hill leadership staff. Our years of experience can help you develop a strategy to reach your goals, but we provide more than one dimensional analysis. Problems require solutions. Solutions require ideas. Tactics aren’t enough. You've got big ideas; we help you make those ideas matter. View website»



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