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May 18, 2021 - 2:00 am

Active Listening: Fashion Forward-The Future of Ethical Fashion

By: Fyli

Join Fyli and Mercado Global Tuesday, May 18th 6-7PM EST, for a panel discussion about the ethical fashion movement and the future of fashion. As a leader in ethical fashion for fifteen years, Brooklyn-based nonprofit Mercado Global works with Indigenous women in the highlands of rural Guatemala to become artisans, providing them with trainings, materials, and sewing equipment. Through donor-funded business education and leadership programs, Mercado Global helps women create community businesses to support themselves and their families.

In a lively panel, Mercado Global and their retail partners will discuss sustainable sourcing, social responsibility, and ethical fashion initiatives. The goal of the panel is to understand ethical fashion and ensure that this movement is having a real impact and empowering the communities that produced these products.

Last summer, Fyli launched a monthly event series called Active Listening that Leads to Understanding to address social injustice, amplify diverse voices, and support under-served and marginalized communities. This event will be free and open to the public. Attendees can register on Eventbrite which will also have an option for donations to be made to selected non-profits.


Nada Grkinich, Global Senior Design Director, Levi’s

Julie Verdugo, Director of Sustainability + Social Impact, Free People

Ruth Álvarez-DeGolia, Founder & Executive Director, Mercado Global

Alyssa Burgos, Director of Merchandising & Brand Strategy, Mercado Global

Jason Mcbriarty, Director of Communications and Operations at Levi’s


Mercado Global was launched more than fifteen years ago with a mission to transform the lives of women – and their communities – making a lasting, positive impact. As an international nonprofit, they partner with Indigenous women in rural Guatemala and offer them the resources and support to become financially empowered entrepreneurs, connected to international retailers like Levi’s, Free People, and Nordstrom.

Working closely with partner artisans, they design and create handcrafted, modern fashion accessories that incorporate traditional techniques, as women work and learn together in a safe space. They receive individualized support from Mercado Global’s local teams on topics ranging from financial literacy and entrepreneurial skills, to self-love and reproductive health.

Last year, Mercado Global pivoted to incorporate high-quality, reusable face masks into their collections. This has been a lifeline for an entire region where other revenue sources have disappeared, and thanks to their supporters, they have donated 130,000 masks to date to communities in-need throughout the Americas.

Learn more about Mercado Global: HERE

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Connect with Mercado Global on LinkedIn.



1. Are you an aspiring entrepreneur or started your business already?

A. Aspiring Entrepreneur
B. Started Business

2. Are you committed to a year filled with growth and accountability and have the time to contribute peer to peer mentorship to other community members while growing together year after year?

A. YES I have the time and fully committed
B. NO I have limited time and would prefer to pop in and out as needed

3. Are you open to travel and gathering in person for strategy sessions and events, or would prefer to be remote and fully online?

A. Open to travel
B. Virtual

4. Do you have a detailed business plan and strategy in place to grow your company even if you did not start it yet?

A. Yes
B. No

5. Are you willing to learn new skills, get vulnerable, and focus on accountability even when things get hard along the way?

A. Hell YES!
B. Willing to Try