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Q & A with Theresa VanderMeer Theresa VanderMeer is the founder of Work+Shelter, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that helps companies ethically outsource their production. All organizational funds go towards helping Indian women in need gain skills in the workplace and earn a fair wage. We are thrilled to recognize Theresa for her tireless and transformational…

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Loom Chicago is a branch of Catholic Charities refugee resettlement program. They help refugee women who are skilled artisans collaborate with local Chicago designers. These partnerships allow the designers to produce their goods locally and by hand, while enabling women to leverage their talents to uplift their refugee families. Loom Chicago is a member of the liftUPlift Alliance, and we invited them to our Chicago showroom last summer to connect with other women designers in our Alliance. That’s how they met Tania Rodamilans, jewelry and fashion designer by day, oil painter by night. Tania was able to host a workshop for Loom Artisans and teach them how to create her jewelry using her trademark technique. Now, she employs artisans from Loom, and they help her create and sell more jewelry. It’s a beautiful example of lifting yourself up while uplifting other women.

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Nicole Meyerson, Editor at Groupon, shares why she supports liftUPlift and why you should, too! liftUPlift is an amazing cause, and it's something that needed to exist decades ago! The fact that it's finally happening is really amazing, and it's showing what's happening with women right now. We're all supporting each other. Women are doing the…