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Judy Wicks

An international leader and speaker in the local-living-economies movement, Judy Wicks is former owner of the White Dog Café, acclaimed for its socially and environmentally responsible business practices. She is also cofounder of the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), as well as founder of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia and Fair Food — both incubated at the White Dog Café Foundation and supported by the restaurant's profits. In her retail career, Judy was founder and owner of Black Cat, which featured locally made and fair-trade gifts for twenty years. In 1970, Judy cofounded the original Free People's Store, now well known as Urban Outfitters. Her work has earned numerous 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. She lives in Philadelphia. Continuing her work to build a new economy, Judy mentors the next generation of entrepreneurs and consults for beautiful businesses. She can be reached at Judy's Upcoming Events
  • Judy Wicks at West Chester University
    700 South High St., West Chester PA 19383
    April 6, 2015, 7:00 pm

    Judy Wicks, author of "Good Morning, Beautiful Business," will present at the West Chester University of Pennsylvania on April 6th in West Chester, PA at 7:00 PM.

  • Judy Wicks at Lake Erie College
    391 West Washington Street, Painesville OH 44077
    April 9, 2015, 7:45 pm

    Judy Wicks will speak at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio on Wednesday, April 8th at 7:30 PM. Following her lecture will be a reception at 8:45 PM in the Louise Price Social Parlor in College Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public, however registration is required.

  • Judy Wicks at the New Leaf Club
    1225 Montrose Avenue, Rosemont PA 19010
    April 20, 2015, 7:00 pm

    Judy Wicks will present at the New Leaf Club on Monday, April 20th at 7:00 PM in Rosemont Park, PA. Following her presentation, Judy will sign copies of, "Good Morning, Beautiful Business."

  • Judy Wicks at William Penn House
    1919 Chestnut Street , Philadelphia PA 19103
    April 21, 2015, 6:00 pm

    Judy Wicks will present on Tuesday, April 21st at the William Penn House in Philadelphia, PA at 6:00 PM. Following her presentation, Judy will sign copies of, "Good Morning, Beautiful Business."

  • Judy Wicks at Pennsylvania Mother Earth News Fair
    777 Waterwheel Drive, Seven Springs PA 15622
    September 18, 2015, 12:00 pm

    Judy Wicks will present on the main stage at the Seven Springs, Mother Earth News Fair on September 18-20.

Judy's Books

Good Morning, Beautiful Business

The Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer

Good Morning, Beautiful Business is a memoir about the evolution of an entrepreneur who would not only change her neighborhood, but would also change her world -- helping communities far and wide create local living economies that value people and place as much as commerce and that make communities not just interesting and diverse and prosperous, but also resilient.


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