LOCAL ECONOMY LEADER JUDY WICKS TO SPEAK IN BURLINGTON

Join the National Coalition for Community Capital (NC3) and Vermont State Employees Credit Union (VSECU) for an evening with Judy Wicks, Thursday, November 8 from 6:00 – 7:30pm in the Champlain Room at Champlain College. Author, activist and entrepreneur, Judy Wicks will share her thoughts on the importance of being a Localist.

A key focus of her talk will be the Circle of Aunts and Uncles, a multi-generational project to provide low-interest loans and social capital to under-resourced entrepreneurs in order to co-create a more equitable, compassionate, sustainable and vibrant local economy in the Greater Philadelphia region. She’ll also share her work with Proud Pennsylvania, a campaign that puts forward a vision for a just and sustainable, locally-based economy and endorses candidates who are aligned with that vision.

Following her keynote, she’ll be joined onstage by Michael Shuman, long-time friend and fellow activist in the local economies movement, for a “fireside chat” conversation and Q&A with the audience.

In 1983, Judy founded Philadelphia’s iconic White Dog Cafe in 1983, which became a pioneer in the farm to table movement and a model in sustainable business practices. She is founder of Fair Food Philly (2000), the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (2001) and the nationwide (BALLE) Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (2001).

Her work has earned numerous local and national awards, including the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award, the International Association of Culinary Professionals Humanitarian Award, and the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Lifetime Achievement Award. Judy was inducted into the University Science Center’s Innovators Walk of Fame in 2016. Good Morning, Beautiful Business, Judy’s acclaimed memoir, won a national gold medal for business leadership and has been translated into Chinese and Korean.

Please join NC3 and event sponsor VSECU as we learn about Judy’s continuing work to build a new economy of beautiful businesses and how all of us can contribute through our own actions as Localists. After Judy’s talk, stick around for a brief networking reception to meet representatives from NC3, VSECU, and fellow localists in the Burlington area. Tickets are on sale now at https://judywicksburlington.eventbrite.com.