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WHAT: The Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will host a discussion, “Is Fast Fashion Sustainable?,” at Georgetown University on Wednesday, April 26.

As retail companies respond to the demand to provide consumers with more, cheaper, and faster products, many leading fashion companies have gained reputations for being polluters, human rights abusers, or outliers in the movement toward social responsibility.

A panel of industry experts will look at how companies of all sizes can play a role in reforming how consumers buy, wear, and dispose of their clothes. They also will discuss sourcing and supply chain issues facing the fashion industry. Panelists include:

  • Rebecca Ballard, founder and CEO, Maven Women;
  • Bennett Freeman, senior advisor, Know the Chain;
  • Pietra Rivoli, professor of finance and international business, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, and author of Travels of a T-shirt in a Global Economy;
  • Shivika Sinha, director of digital marketing, Alex and Ani; and
  • Lisa Thompson, founder and CEO, Ivy Citizens.

Vishal Agrawal, assistant professor of operations, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, will moderate the discussion.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

5:30 p.m.


Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

Rafik B. Hariri Building, Lohrfink Auditorium        

37th and O Streets, NW

Washington, DC 20057


Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Molly Fleenor, assistant director of communications, at (202) 687-5254 or

Follow the conversation on Twitter @GSEI_Georgetown with the hashtag #Whomademyclothes

About the Global Social Enterprise Initiative 

The Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business delivers world-class education, research and actionable solutions to cross-sector leaders seeking to create lasting social, economic, and environmental impact. Through practical training for Georgetown students and executives in the United States and worldwide, the initiative promotes transformative solutions to the world’s significant challenges in health and well-being, economic growth, the environment, and international development. Learn more at Follow us on Twitter @GSEI_Georgetown.

About Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business:
Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, the premier destination for global business education, provides a transformational education through classroom and experiential learning, preparing students to graduate as principled leaders in the service to business and society. Through numerous centers, initiatives, and partnerships, Georgetown McDonough seeks to create a meaningful impact on business practice through both research and teaching. All academic programs prepare students to be “global ready” by providing a global perspective, woven through the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in a way that is unique to Washington, D.C. – the nexus of world business and policy – and to Georgetown University’s connections to global partner organizations and a world-wide alumni network. Founded in 1957, Georgetown McDonough is home to some 1,400 undergraduates, 1,000 MBA students, and 1,200 participants in executive degree or custom programs. Learn more at Follow us on Twitter: @msbgu