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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 Social Capital Conference
    1 Taylor Street, San Francisco CA
    September 3, 2014, 10:45 am
  • Judy Wicks at American Creativity Association World Conference
    Sheraton Society Hill, 1 Dock Street, Philadelphia PA 19106
    September 13, 2014, 12:00 pm

    Judy Wicks will present and sign books at the American Creativity Association World Conference on September 13. Judy's presentation will start at Noon.

  • Judy Wicks at Eat Well Farm to Table Dinner
    1950 Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne PA 19035
    September 14, 2014, 4:30 am

    Judy Wicks will read and sign books at an Eat Well Farm to Table Dinner at Atop the Hill at Riverbend on Sunday, September 14 at 4:30 PM. More details to come.

  • Judy Wicks at Naropa University
    Naropa University 6280 Arapahoe Avenue Nolanda Campus, Dojo Room, Boulder CO 80302
    September 17, 2014, 7:00 pm
  • Judy Wicks at Colorado Springs Local Food Week Talk and Signing
    Armstrong Theater, 14 East Cache La Poudre St., Colorado Springs CO 80903
    September 18, 2014, 3:00 pm
  • Judy Wicks at Junto Retreat 2014
    20 North American Street, Philadelphia PA
    September 25, 2014, 10:15 am

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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