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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 has made an extraordinary impact through her dedication over the past 12 years to transform the lives of impoverished women and families through the Akola Project. 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've changed the political, cultural, spiritual shape of the future. She was awarded the Emerging Leader Award from SMU in 2013, the Young Leader Award from Dallas Women’s Foundation in 2014, and awarded a silver medal from the Business & Interfaith Peace Award given by the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation in Rio. She's been featured on the likes of t
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