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 www.judywicks.com.
On October 10th, Judy Wicks will be at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education for their "Jubilee in the Grove" event, in which the Scheylkill Center will be dedicating Jubilee Grove, a new native plant, to commemorate their 50th anniversary. The event will take place from 3:00-5:00PM. Before the dedication, Wicks and other environmental leaders from the region will be speaking about their vision for the future. Participants will enjoy Yards beer and a special Trees of the Schuylkill Center botanical cocktail, light refreshments, and live music after the dedication. This event is free, but is for members only.
On October 22nd at 6:00PM, Judy Wicks will speak at the Food and Water Watch Office Warming Party at the Friends Center in Center City Philadelphia. This party will begin at 7:00 PM and is open to all. Please RSVP so that they can ensure there is enough food for all.