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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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Featured Experts

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

Jim Brett
CEO of J.Crew Group

Helen Avery
CSR Editor for Euromoney Magazine

Marc Bain
Fashion Reporter at Quartz

Charlotte Bancilhon
Manager of BSR’s financial services practice in Europe

Betsy Biemann
Chief Executive Officer of CEI

Jessica Bluestein
Supply Chain Finance & Impact Investing Professional

Laura Callanan
Founding Partner of Upstart Co-Lab

Marty Cordes
Co-Chair of the Cordes Foundation

Karen Duffin
Host and Reporter for NPR's Planet Money

Hervé P. Duteil
Chief Sustainability Officer for BNP Paribas, Americas

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

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

Jennifer Gootman
VP of Social Consciousness and Innovation at West Elm

Riefqah Jappie
International Trade Centre’s (ITC) Representative to the United Nations

Ivanka Mamic
Senior Director of Responsible Sourcing at Target

Diego Olivero
Co-Founder of Meso Goods

Marissa Pagnani
Group VP of Corporate Responsibility at PVH

Sonica Sarna
Founder of Sonica Sarna Design

Jennifer Schappert
OECD Policy Advisor

Dan Viederman
Managing Director at Humanity United

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