Meet your Instructor, Stacey Edgar
Stacey is an Instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business in the Social Responsibility and Sustainability division. A passionate advocate for women and girls, Stacey spent 17 years leading Global Girlfriend, a fair trade company she founded as a way to provide economic security for women artisans in developing countries by creating a sustainable market for their handcrafted products. Global Girlfriend grew from a $2,000 personal investment into a multi-million dollar brand partnering with over 200 women-led artisan enterprises in over 30 countries with products selling through premier retailers including Whole Foods, Target, The Smithsonian, and over 1,500 independent retailers across the US and Canada as well as direct to consumer online.
She is the author of the book Global Girlfriends: How One Mom Made it Her Mission to Help Women in Poverty Worldwide and a social impact business consultant working with artisan businesses, social entrepreneurs, corporations, non-profits, and government export agencies. She is also a founding board member of Trade+Impact Association, a global trade association advancing women-led social enterprises in Africa and the Middle East.