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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 the Academy of Management
    1200 Market St., Philadelphia PA
    August 4, 2014, 9:45 am

    Judy will speak at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management on August 4th. She will join Otto Scharmer and Jay Bryan Barney on a panel to discuss Transcendental Leadership at the Lowes Philadelphia Hotel, Ballroom A.

  • Judy Wicks at the 11th Annual Animal Law Conference
    Wanamaker Building, 1300 Market St. at Juniper St., Philadelphia PA
    August 21, 2014, 9:00 am

    Judy will participate in a panel discussion at the Animal Law Conference on Thursday, August 21st. The conference runs from 9am-4:30pm.

  • Judy Wicks at E.F. Schumacher Lecture
    , TBD MA
    October 9, 2014, 12:00 pm

    Judy Wicks is a leader, writer, and speaker in the localization movement. She began buying from local farmers in 1986 for her restaurant White Dog Café, which she started on the first floor of her Philadelphia row house in 1983. Realizing that helping other restaurants connect with local farmers would strengthen the regional food system, she founded Fair Food Philly in 2000. The following year she co-founded the nationwide Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), now a network of over 20,000 local independent businesses in the U.S. and Canada, and founded the local affiliate Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia, currently with over 400 members. In 2009 Judy sold the White Dog with a unique agreement that preserves local, independent ownership and maintains sustainable business practices, including buying from local farmers, composting, and using renewable energy. She is the recipient of many local and national awards, including the James Beard Foundation's Humanitarian of the Year Award and the Philadelphia Sustainability Award for Lifetime Achievement. She continues to serve on the board of directors of BALLE. Her memoir, "Good Morning, Beautiful Business: the Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer," was published in 2013.

  • 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'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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