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Fashion & Compassion creates empowerment communities where vulnerable women connect with God, one another and resources as their lives are transformed.  Fashion & Compassion runs programs in Charlotte, North Carolina and we partner with Artisan projects in six other countries. F&C teaches women to make jewelry and other crafts. These products provide supplemental income to the women and an income stream for the organization.  In Charlotte, we address two key issues the city is facing:   Economic Mobility   We help women who have fallen off the ladder of economic mobility re-gain that access or help women gain access to the ladder for the first time.   Cross-Cultural Reconciliation   We build communities where people from different races, socio-economic groups, religions, cultures, and ethnicities work side by side, getting to know and love one another.  The women we serve in Charlotte are referred by non-profit community partners. We introduce them to a diverse community where they learn work-readiness skills, receive emotional support and opportunities for spiritual growth.  The women served, called Artisans, create an Artisan Empowerment Plan that documents their physical, emotional and spiritual growth dreams for the future. The Plan breaks their dream down into achievable milestones. The Plan begins with 3 basic work readiness milestones: Arriving to work on time, having a good attitude and working diligently at assigned tasks. We connect the Artisans to employment opportunities and other resources in the local community as needed to accomplish dreams and reach the milestones they set in the Artisan Empowerment Plan.  In Kampala, Uganda we train extremely impoverished women to start micro-businesses and small village banks. Within the village bank, the women contribute savings and lend money to one another to grow their small businesses. After 2 years in our program, the women are able to support themselves and their families through the income from their small businesses.

Fashion & Compassion creates empowerment communities where vulnerable women connect with God, one another and resources as their lives are transformed.

Fashion & Compassion runs programs in Charlotte, North Carolina and we partner with Artisan projects in six other countries. F&C teaches women to make jewelry and other crafts. These products provide supplemental income to the women and an income stream for the organization.

In Charlotte, we address two key issues the city is facing:

Economic Mobility

We help women who have fallen off the ladder of economic mobility re-gain that access or help women gain access to the ladder for the first time.

Cross-Cultural Reconciliation

We build communities where people from different races, socio-economic groups, religions, cultures, and ethnicities work side by side, getting to know and love one another.

The women we serve in Charlotte are referred by non-profit community partners. We introduce them to a diverse community where they learn work-readiness skills, receive emotional support and opportunities for spiritual growth.

The women served, called Artisans, create an Artisan Empowerment Plan that documents their physical, emotional and spiritual growth dreams for the future. The Plan breaks their dream down into achievable milestones. The Plan begins with 3 basic work readiness milestones: Arriving to work on time, having a good attitude and working diligently at assigned tasks. We connect the Artisans to employment opportunities and other resources in the local community as needed to accomplish dreams and reach the milestones they set in the Artisan Empowerment Plan.

In Kampala, Uganda we train extremely impoverished women to start micro-businesses and small village banks. Within the village bank, the women contribute savings and lend money to one another to grow their small businesses. After 2 years in our program, the women are able to support themselves and their families through the income from their small businesses.


 

BOLD SPONSOR

CASS BRADLEY

Cass Bradley — the fearless and fiery five-foot-two powerhouse behind BlueSky Photo Artists, The Live Loud Collective, and Bungalow 1325 — is hell-bent on empowering women to take center stage in their own lives.

As a champion of soul-igniting stories, Cass combines her journalism background, decades of corporate business savvy, and artist’s creativity to make women’s stories seen, heard, and celebrated.

BOLD PHOTO booth sponsor

The Live Loud Collective is a collective community of bold and brazen Charlotte woman entrepreneurs hell-bent on running in the opposite direction of mediocrity. They believe there is no such thing as ‘ work/life balance’—but if you are doing it right there doesn't need to be.


The Collective celebrates the notion women are better together and grow their community, businesses and lives through monthly in-person events, online private community and annual Unstoppable Summit. (And, soon-to-be launched directory of Charlotte's boldest women-owned businesses: The Alpha Female Directory)


COFFEE BAR SPONSOR

Welcome to Donald Haack Diamonds where it is a well-established tradition to offer only the very best jewelry at sensible prices.

We have built our business around a fully-equipped diamond grading laboratory. Every diamond we select is graded by our graduate gemologist who follows strict GIA (Gemological Institute of America) standards. Donald Haack Diamonds is honored to have received the Charlotte Ethics in Business Award and The American Business Ethics Award. When buying a diamond, don’t you want to make sure you are working with a jeweler you can trust?

We are not your typical jewelry retailer. Our tenet has always been to be personal buyers and advisors to our customers.

Fine diamonds can offer a lifetime of pleasure. If they are purchased with care, they can also be an excellent investment.

Donald Haack Diamonds is here to help. We work with diamonds all day, every day. We buy diamonds, sell diamonds, appraise and grade diamonds, and set loose diamonds into jewelry.

Please come in and enjoy our comfortable shopping environment and friendly personalized attention.

Table Sponsor

At Whitley Mortgage, we want to help you purchase the property that you have always dreamed of – whether it’s your first home, new construction or a vacation home.

We’re committed to excellence and customer service. Our associates treat each customer with the same courtesy and speed – regardless of the loan size.

More than 18,000 customers have acquired more 2 billion in mortgage loans through Whitley Mortgage in our first 34 years, and many have returned for assistance with multiple transactions.

Let us show you the professionalism and satisfaction these customers enjoy.

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SWAG BAG SPONSOR

Sold In The Carolinas takes a different approach to real estate, one that is built on personal touches, win-win deals and positive results.

A home is not a home because of its room dimensions or the color of the walls. It is about how you feel when you walk through the front door. A home where you can instantly envision your life unfolding and memories being made.

COMMunity sponsor

Fort Mill Mom life is a collective of Moms that share a love for our community. Fort Mill Mom Life thrives to builds a community with other moms giving them roots for future generations to come.


Marketplace vendors

Our She’s Brave Marketplace will be open to shop from during registration before the conference and during shopping breaks throughout the day. Visit our woman run business shops and support your local community!

EMPOWER FOR HOPE

Empower Clothing is a brand that stands for diversity, inclusion and empowerment of all women. We use African Print fabrics to remind wearers that their purchases are something more than a garment. They are representations of strength and beauty found in the women in Burundi.

 
 
 
 
 

MAGGIE LOVES SPIKE

Just trying to make you feel as beautiful as you are. Small batch products made in Charlotte, NC.

 
 
 

ROSES and AZALEA

Roses and Azalea produces a wide variety of personal care and aromatherapy products for the modern woman. Formulated by a former analytical chemist and a former chemical/processing engineer, wife and husband team, our products are packed with positive energy and made with love in Charlotte, NC.  We research and create each product with the highest quality ingredients, organic when possible, so consumers have non-toxic, truly natural options for products they use on a daily basis. Stop wondering if the products you use are toxic and making you sick!  Give your body what it truly deserves.

Annie mae & ivy

Annie Mae and Ivy are two goats on a small farm located outside of Charlotte in Mt Pleasant NC. Their owners Steve and Beth have enjoyed raising Nubian, Nigerian dwarf, and angora goats alongside raising their 4 boys. Each goat is hand milked once a day so they can remain with their babies to maintain their bonding relationship. All of our goats milk soap is hand poured in small batches using methods that allow each bar to retain its natural glycerin. We also strive use as many organic ingredients as we can and never use synthetic fragrance oils, sodium laurel sulfate, parabens, phthalates, or petroleum by-products. And there is always lots of love and attention that goes into each batch to make sure you are receiving a quality bar of soap.

 

Rachel tenny

“I run my business working as both an artist and mental health therapist. I empower female creatives to prioritize and focus on their mental health, work with individuals wanting to establish a healthy relationship with their bodies, and create colorful and inspirational artwork.”

EMILY FUNDERBURK, LPC

Emily Funderburk, Author - Through the Storm: Helping Marriages Find Healing After Hurt

The dean’s list - meredith dean

The Dean's List is a Charlotte-based digital branding and career consulting agency founded in NYC by Meredith Dean.


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