Forgo the exhibitors; go for a market instead. Take a page from Q Women’s book by curating a marketplace of socially conscious companies. At a recent event in Nashville, the Q Women team brought in Noonday Collection, which sells handmade jewelry and accessories and provides more than 2,000 artisans in 13 countries with meaningful jobs; FashionABLE, which sells leather goods and jewelry handmade by women coming out of desperate situations of human trafficking, homelessness or addiction; Nisolo, a company that sells high-quality, handmade, fair-trade leather shoes and accessories to provide employment to those in need; and World Vision Micro, a branch of the large nonprofit that provides microfinance loans to entrepreneurs to help them start businesses and provide for their families and communities. Through the marketplace, Q Women guests learned about these companies and their causes, and also left with something to take home and share with family and friends.
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