After a year fraught with heartbreak and unprecedented loss in the global community, The Little Market co-founders Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla are determined to be forces for good — and change.
“With the pandemic, the global movement for racial justice and #MeToo, we have a rare opportunity to make systemic change,” says Skvarla, who with Conrad founded the non-profit online marketplace benefitting female artisans around the world in 2013. “We need to work as hard as we’ve ever worked not to lose this opportunity.” Adds Conrad: “It is more important than ever to support women. When we invest in women, we invest in communities.”
In lieu of The Little Market’s annual luncheon celebrating International Women’s Day, the organization is launching a virtual speaker series, Conversations with Changemakers, beginning March 8.
“We created Conversations with Changemakers to raise awareness about issues that impact women globally,” says Skvarla of the panel, which features notables like Charlize Theron, Jane Fonda, author and activist Glennon Doyle, Black Mamas Matter co-founder Angela Doyinsola Aina and famed civil rights activist Dolores Huerta.
“We thought a lot about whose voices are often missing from the conversations,” Skvarla continues. “And we built around the idea that the smartest, richest, most compelling conversations happen when people on the frontlines are leading them.”