Teamwork is a theme around GAIA. The last six months have brought all kinds of opportunities for us to create special things with and for special people. Our partnership with furniture and home decor brand Wisteria is an ongoing effort launched in read all about it. The Austin-based brand sells fair trade clothing, accessories, and home furnishings with the mission of empowering women around the world. Most of our designs are developed in Austin through our direct artisan partnerships in 10 countries, but sometimes we find a company like GAIA that is a perfect partner for a co-branded design collaboration. Giving back is also key to the Rachel Roy mission.
Following in the vein of Nancy Drew, the Babysitters Club, and, dare I say it, Harry Potter, the Gaia Girls series is the next group to offer heroes battling modern day villains for the kid with an eco-conscience. Reminiscent of Captain Planet, the other three girls will be endowed with the power of water, air and fire. Each chapter includes great illustrations that help to color many of the scenes that take place. While the book is a light, fast read, the themes are mature for young readers, and the author does a good job to not sugar coat any of the issues.
Before my husband and I relocated to Burlington, Vermont a few years ago, I was deeply involved in national and international efforts to ensure that the experiences, skills and ideas of women do not go untapped. I have written and spoken globally about the benefits of balanced leadership, when a critical mass of women sits at power tables. Internationally, the lesson that gender matters has been taken to heart. There is a growing movement to invest in empowering girls and women to increase growth and well-being. It is led by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, financial giants like Goldman Sachs with its 10, Women Initiative, governments across the globe including our own , major foundations and many corporations.