Local Economy Leader Judy Wicks to Speak in Burlington, Nov 8

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Thursday, November 8, 2018 6:00-7:30 PM Champlain Room at Champlain College 375 Maple Street, Burlington, VT 05401

Burlington, VT – Join the National Coalition for Community Capital (NC3) and VSECU for an evening with Judy Wicks, Thursday November 8 from 6:00-7:30pm in the Champlain Room at Champlain College. Author, activist and entrepreneur, Judy Wicks will share her thoughts on the importance of being a Localist.

A key focus of her talk will be the Circle of Aunts and Uncles, a multi-generational project to provide low-interest loans and social capital to under-resourced entrepreneurs in order to co- create a more equitable, compassionate, sustainable and vibrant local economy in the Greater Philadelphia region. She’ll also share her work with Proud Pennsylvania, a campaign that puts forward a vision for a just and sustainable, locally-based economy and endorses candidates who are aligned with that vision.

Following her keynote, she’ll be joined onstage by Michael Shuman, long-time friend and fellow activist in the local economies movement, for a “fireside chat” conversation and Q&A with the audience.

In 1983, Judy founded Philadelphia’s iconic White Dog Cafe in 1983, which became a pioneer in the farm to table movement and a model in sustainable business practices. She is founder of Fair Food Philly (2000), the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (2001) and the nationwide (BALLE) Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (2001).

Her work has earned numerous local and national awards, including the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award, the International Association of Culinary Professionals Humanitarian Award, and the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Lifetime Achievement Award.

Judy was inducted into the University Science Center’s Innovators Walk of Fame in 2016. Good Morning, Beautiful Business, Judy’s acclaimed memoir, won a national gold medal for business leadership and has been translated into Chinese and Korean.

Please join NC3 and event sponsor VSECU as we learn about Judy’s continuing work to build a new economy of “beautiful businesses” and how all of us can contribute through our own actions as Localists. After Judy's talk, stick around for a brief networking reception to meet representatives from NC3, VSECU, and fellow localists in the Burlington area. Tickets are on sale now at https://judywicksburlington.eventbrite.com.

The National Coalition for Community Capital (NC3) is a new nonprofit dedicated to growing the field of community capital. NC3 was formed by a group of entrepreneurs, investors, legal and financial professionals, educators, journalists, researchers, and committed citizens who have come together to address specific gaps in the shift towards a more sustainable economy. NC3’s focus is on the retention of capital in communities, with an emphasis is on how to better serve those who have been isolated and under-resourced. Learn more about NC3 at www.nc3.comcap.us.

VSECU is a member-owned cooperative and not for profit credit union for everybody who lives or works in Vermont, offering a full range of affordable financial products and services to its member-owners. VSECU is committed to improving the lives of Vermonters by empowering the possibilities for greater social, environmental, and financial prosperity. For more information about VSECU, call 802/800 371-5162 or visit www.vsecu.com.

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 6:00pm