Kohl Crecelius

Start Date: 
February 11, 2014 5:00 PM
End Date: 
February 11, 2014 10:00 PM

Communications Building - Heckman Auditorium

Jay Fennell

Social entrepreneur Kohl Crecelius and his team of close friends, Travis, Stewart, and Adam, are on a&nbsp;mission to revolutionize what it means to do business and to do good. As college students in 2007, they&nbsp;founded Krochet Kids intl. (KKi)--a non-profit lifestyle brand focused on empowering communities and&nbsp;engaging customers to make a sustainable impact on global poverty. Their mantra: "Buy A Hat. Change A&nbsp;Life." &nbsp;Featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, KKi employs more than 100 people in Northern Uganda through&nbsp;the production of their handmade headwear and fashion accessories and have recently started a new&nbsp;program in Peru. Now spanning three continents, their work connects the producer with the customer&nbsp;through a hand-signed label that accompanies every product. &nbsp;Dubbed the "Krochet Kids" by their hometown newspaper in Spokane, Washington, Crecelius and&nbsp;friends began selling hats they crocheted for a little spending money in high school. He never imagined&nbsp;the hobby would blossom into a global movement. The Krochet Kids have since been featured in&nbsp;the New York Times Magazine, Outside, and in a nationally broadcast Bing commercial and have&nbsp;partnerships with major retailers like Nordstrom and Volcom. &nbsp;Inspired by Stewart's summer trip to Uganda during college, the three friends decided to teach the&nbsp;simple skill of crocheting to displaced Ugandan women, empowering them and releasing them from the&nbsp;bondage of government camps and history of rebel rule in their country. Today, through this simple skill,&nbsp;the women can provide for their families, and ultimately, through micro-financing opportunities enabled&nbsp;by KKi, they can gain economic independence. &nbsp;To individuals, Kohl Crecilius' simple-vision-made-real demonstrates how you can leverage your unique&nbsp;skills to make a difference in the world. For organizations, his success offers an authentic, sustainable&nbsp;model of social enterprise that empowers people. &nbsp;<br />
7:00 Lecture<br />
8:00 Reception in Lobby<br />
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Notes:<br />
Tech Requirements could change once I have a contract from the agent. &nbsp;I just put in our standard set-up. &nbsp;I will update with Claire if this changes.

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