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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 Presenting Opportunities for Women (POW) Conference
    Connelly Center, 863 W Lancaster Ave , Villanova PA 19085
    November 4, 2014, 5:45 pm

    This year's Women in Business POW Conference will feature Judy Wicks, founder of the White Dog Cafe and author of, "Good Morning, Beautiful Business." The conference will take place on the evening of November 4th at the Connelly Center at Villanova University. Following Wicks presentation will be a book signing.

  • Judy Wicks at Voices of Hope in a Time of Crisis
    The Cooper Union, New York NY 10003
    November 8, 2014, 10:00 am
  • Judy Wicks at the 2014 Slow Money National Gathering
    501 West Main St. , Louisville KY 40202
    November 11, 2014, 10:00 am

    Judy Wicks will be speaking on a food panel at the 2014 Slow Money National Gathering. This event will take place on November 11th at 10 AM at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville, KY.

  • Judy Wicks at the 2nd Annual Jewish Food Festival
    250 North Highland Ave. , Merion Station PA 19066
    November 16, 2014, 9:30 am

    Judy Wicks will speak on a panel at this year's Hazon Philidelphia Jewish Food Festival. This event will take place all day on Sunday, November 16th, at the Temple Adath Israel in Merion, PA.

  • Judy Wicks at Presbyterian Church Senior Club Lunch
    625 Montgomery Ave. , Bryn Mawr PA 19010
    November 19, 2014, 12:00 pm

    Judy Wicks will speak at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Senior Club Lunch on Wednesday, November 19th. Following her talk will be a book signing.

  • 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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