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October 07th 2016:Building a Social Business from the Ground Up

Three key factors play essential roles in building a social business from the ground up: brand, impact and an innovative product. Brittany Underwood, Founder and CEO of Akola, has built a social business through a nonprofit framework. Akola exists to empower women to become agents of transformation in their communities and operates both domestically and internationally. From raw materials to assembly to distribution, Brittany shares how she has managed to create a social brand that has a measurable impact in every level of the supply chain and what she has learned along the way. Akola's progra

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Brittany Merrill Underwood

Brittany Merrill Underwood is the CEO of Akola, a non-profit social business designed to empower women in disadvantaged communities through training, employment and holistic care. In 2017, Brittany was named among the World’s Top 10 CEOs in Inc Magazine and listed as one of Town and Country Magazine’s 50 Modern Swans. She was named the ‘Best Person in the World” by Yahoo in 2014 and was honored by clothing manufacturer Levi as one of 50 women around the globe who have changed the political, cultural, and spiritual shape of the future. She was awarded the Emerging Leader Award from SMU in 2013, the Young Leader Award from the Dallas Women’s Foundation in 2014, and was awarded a silver medal
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