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AlShehail will give a short presentation and then be joined by moderator, Ms.Rachel Lutz of The Peacock Room and a panel of Detroit locals featuring Ms. Bena Burda of Maggie's Organics and Ms. Julia Rhodes of Rebel Nell. The main event will take place from 6:00-8:00PM, with complimentary refreshments.
ABOUT SHAHD ALSHEHAIL
Shahd AlShehail is the co-founder and CEO of Project JUST, a non-profit dedicated to empowering fashion shoppers to make ethical decisions. AlShehail conceived the idea of Project JUST while serving as the first Acumen Fund Global Fellow from the Arab world. AlShehail was working on primary education in Bangalore, India, while Global Fellow Natalie Grillon was working with cotton farmers in Uganda. The pair were inspired by how small initiatives were able to transform the communities where they were serving. The news of the 2013 Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Dhaka inspired Grillon and AlShehail to find a way to communicate what happens in the fashion industry from production to purchase, and thus Project JUST was born. In an attempt to highlight injustices in the fashion industry and connect consumers with the information they need to make ethical choices, Project JUST monitors the supply chains of over 150 fashion brands by reporting on companies’ operational standards in a public online database and consumer platform. The database provides company profiles highlighting labor conditions, management styles, and environmental impact, and awards a ‘seal of approval’ to those that meet Project JUST’s high ethical standards. In addition to her work at Project JUST, AlShehail is a Senior Consultant at the Synergos Institute, where she advocates for social entrepreneurship in the Middle East. A native of Saudi Arabia, she has professional working experience in Rwanda, Armenia, Turkey, India, the United States, and Dubai. AlShehail received her M.B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Johns Hopkins University in 2012.
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