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Judy Wicks

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

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Judy Wicks Events

July 11th, 2015 - 10:30 am

Judy Wicks at the Pennsylvania Chautauqua

Location: Mt. Gretna Fire Hall, Boulevard St, Mt. Gretna, PA, 17064 | Authors: Judy Wicks

On July 11, Judy Wicks will speak at the Pennsylvania Chautauqua in Mt. Gretna, PA as part of their "Chautauqua University for a Day" event, which will feature several authors. This day-long event will begin at 8:30 AM. Registration is $50 and is due by July 4th. A check can be made out to PA Chautauqua and sent to PO Box 63, Mt. Gretna, PA 17064.

Find more details here.

Category: Business & Economy | Biography & Memoir
Format: Lecture 

September 10th, 2015 - 6:30 pm

Judy Wicks at Slow Money Southeast Regional Gathering

Location: Central Carolina Community College & Pittsboro Memorial Library, 158 West St, Pittsboro, NC, 27312 | Authors: Judy Wicks

Judy Wicks will be the Thursday keynote speaker at the Slow Money Southeast Regional Gathering, which is taking place September 10-12 in Pittsboro, NC. On Spetember 10th, Wicks will be interviewed by Frank Satsios as part of a session titled "A Taste of Money and Meaning," which will take place in the Fearrington Barn from 6:30-8:30PM. During the talk, "traveling microphones" will be passed around the audience for participation in the discussion. Local bar snacks and a Cash Bar of Fair Game cocktails and wine & beer will be available. Wicks will be signing copies of her book after the discussion. On September 11th, Wicks will also be participating in a session titled "The Value of 'Buying In' To Your Local Economy," in which she will speak along with Franzi Charen and Leon Grodski de Barrera. This session will take place in the CCCC Library from 10:30-11:15AM. Full gathering packages for the conference cost $100 until September 10th, in which they will then become $125. Tickets for single sessions are also available, as well as other package offerings.

Find more details here.

Category: Business & Economy | Biography & Memoir
Format: Keynote 

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