Alia Whitney-Johnson
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Profession / role:
Executive Director
Company / organisation:
Emerge Global
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My primary role in relation to fashion is:
Designer, Retailer, Supplier
I am looking to discover or buy
designers, business consultants, inspirational contacts
About me / About business or organisation:
social entrepreneur. advocate. believer. traveler. beauty seeker. woman.

born and raised on a horse farm in the mountains. trained as an engineer at MIT. heart got swept away in Sri Lanka with an incredible group of girls <3

today, i'm living... breathing... rocking EMERGE! oh yeah, I also am in grad school at Oxford and have a thing for beads.
Career history / Company history:
Founder and Executive Director of Emerge Global, an international non-profit that enables Sri Lankan girls who have survived abuse and sexual violence to become jewelry designers through a comprehensive curriculum that emphasizes personal discovery, leadership, and business knowledge, while simultaneously generating savings for their futures. Design and entrepreneurship are combined to develop confidence, teach life skills, and strengthen the community’s capacity to effect change. We hope to one day be able to work with young women and girls around the world who have survived abuse to rediscover and celebrate their personal beauty, develop their self-sufficiency, and become leaders within their own communities. More information can be found on our website:

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