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New Handworker Economy Convening and Dinner 2018

November 8-9, 2018 I New York, New York

Filling the Financial Gap: How financing handwork innovation can fuel global social and economic impact

Convening and Dinner

Nest’s second annual New Handworker Economy Convening will address prevailing financing gaps keeping home and small workshop-based production systems from driving economic growth and social impact within the fashion and home design industries. The convening will host a series of solutions-based dialogues led by leaders from both public and private sectors to illuminate the unmet potential to finance craft-based work, the second largest employer of women in developing economies.

The convening will kick off the evening prior with a seated dinner at Marta at The Redbury Hotel to raise vital funds for the New Handworker Economy.

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Jim Brett
CEO of J.Crew Group

Jean-Yves Fillon
CEO of BNP Paribas USA and CIB for the Americas

Speakers will be unveiled leading up to the Convening, with the following experts confirmed so far...

Dan Viederman
Managing Director at Humanity United

Jennifer Gootman
VP of Social Consciousness and Innovation at West Elm

Jill Filipovic
Contributor at The New York Times, TIME, Cosmopolitan

Marc Bain
Fashion Reporter at Quartz

Marissa Pagnani
Group VP of Corporate Responsibility at PVH

Marty Cordes
Co-Chair of the Cordes Foundation

Sandy Fernandez
Director, The Americas at Mastercard Center of Inclusive Growth

2017 Convening Highlights

2018 Discussion Topics

  • Craftsmanship: The unrealized opportunity

  • What it takes to build a case for bottom-of-the-pyramid investment

  • Navigating supply chain financing: when is the investment worth it?
  • The Pipeline Problem: How to create a sustainable flow of market-ready craft-based businesses

  • Building the Ecosystem: Aligning values across investment, philanthropy and industry to drive holistic impact