Business With Purpose Podcast EP 131: Jane Mosbacher Morris – TO THE MARKET

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March 6, 2019·

Business With Purpose Podcast EP 131: Jane Mosbacher Morris - TO THE MARKETToday’s Purpose:

Charity doesn’t end poverty. Jobs do. Resources and money give you freedom; they give you dignity. Charity is important, but work is empowering. Jane Mosbacher Morris joins us to discuss how job access could end global poverty.

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Things You Don’t Want To Miss:

Meet Today’s Guest.

  • 1:22 – Jane Mosbacher Morris is Founder and CEO of TO THE MARKET. She’s also the author of the newly released book, Buy The Change You Want To SeeTO THE MARKET connects consumers and businesses to ethically made products from around the world. It partners with businesses that offer a safe work environment for women who have been exploited in the sex trade or who are vulnerable to human trafficking.

The Jane 101.

  • 3:29 – Jane shares her belief that every person has a purpose as well as her passion for promoting the dignity of work. Her career started in the U.S. Department Of State, and she spent a lot of time around people who lacked control over their own destiny. She wanted to create opportunity for these individuals, and she discusses how the private sector was the best way to do that.

Looking For Opportunities.  

  • 7:00 -Working for the Department Of State and the McCain Institute provided Jane with several unique glimpses into life in the developing world. She found opportunities to create value in the market.

Starting TO THE MARKET. 

  • 12:06 – The vision was to connect talented makers around the world who are overlooked and vulnerable with consumers fueled by tremendous buying power. Jane shares the beginnings and discusses how TO THE MARKET built supply chains with organizations that employed individuals in an ethical way.  She wanted to change the manufacturing paradigm.

Money Leads To Choices. 

  • 16:01 – It’s not about becoming rich. Money is simply a tool, but it allows you to achieve financial freedom, and it can lends itself to creating resources. Financial aid clearly plays an important role in global development. However, once people’s basic needs are met, people prefer to have the ability to earn their own way. When you’re constantly receiving, you don’t really have the ability to make your own choices.

Growth Is Slow. 

  • 20:23 – There’s been a lot of talk surrounding the need to purchase ethically, but behavioral change takes time. Jane shares how she discovered the importance of continuing to pursue people who say they want to shift their buying habits.

Highlighting Jane’s New Book. 

  • 25:46Buy The Change You Want To See debuted at the end of January. It promotes the idea that as buyers, we have purchasing power. If we harness that purchasing power, we can positively impact the lives of others.

How Your Purchases Impact Others. 

  • 28:20 – We discuss how our purchasing power can affect the lives of trafficking survivors and others living in poverty. Customer loyalty has kept Mom and Pop shops open for years. If you commit to buying locally, and supporting these businesses, your purchases enable business owners to stay open, generate revenue, and impact the lives of others with their hires .

Getting To Know Our Guest:

  • 33:24 – We take a moment to get to know Jane and discover her go-to song at a Karaoke night. She’ll also share her memories of watching America’s favorite family as a kid.

A Memorable Moment:

These amazing men and women don't want charity. The want opportunity. They want access to resources. They want money, so that they can make their own choices for their family. Click To Tweet

Business With Purpose Podcast EP 131: Jane Mosbacher Morris - TO THE MARKETMeet Your Guest:

Jane Mosbacher Morris is the Founder and CEO of TO THE MARKET, a company that connects businesses and consumers to ethically made products from around the world.

She previously served as the Director of Humanitarian Action for the McCain Institute for International Leadership and currently serves on the Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. Morris is a member of VF Corporation’s Advisory Council on Responsible Sourcing. She is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

She is the also the author of the forthcoming Penguin Random House/Tarcher Perigee book, Buy the Change You Want to See: Use Your Purchasing Power to Make the World a Better Place, came out on January 29, 2019.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a MBA from Columbia Business School. She is proud to be married to fellow entrepreneur, Nate Morris of Kentucky.


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