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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 Presidio Graduate School
    36 Lincoln Blvd., San Francisco CA
    January 24, 2015, 12:00 pm

    Judy will visit Presidio Graduate School to speak about her latest work, "Good Morning, Beautiful Business" on January 24. Details to come.

  • Judy Wicks at Food and Enterprise Conference
    220 36th Street, Brooklyn NY 11232
    February 27, 2015, 1:00 pm

    Judy Wicks will keynote at the Food and Enterprise Conference in Brooklyn, NY, on February 27th.

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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