After studying business and knowing she didn’t want to work in a traditional corporate setting, Kelsey started her career in the non-profit sector. She loved working with passionate people and for a mission-driven organization, but was bothered by some of the inefficiency in the non-profit sector.
When she learned about the idea behind social enterprise, solving social and environmental problems with for-profit business models, she decided to pursue opportunities in the space. After hearing about the idea for Thread, it just made sense.
Today, Kelsey measures, manages, and improves the impact Thread has on people, planet, and profit at every step of Thread’s supply chains, ensuring that the claims of making the most responsible fabric in the world are true.
- First woman to run (yes, run) across Haiti – 230 miles
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Pittsburgh
- Starting Bloc Fellow
What are you known for professionally? What do you have a knack for?
Making up math.
On a more serious note, I have the awesome task of justifying Thread’s model by measuring, synthesizing, and sharing the impact Thread has on people, planet, and profit at each step of our supply chains. I love spending time “in the field,” learning about the people we work with, hearing ideas on how we can do better, and working across departments, cultures, and languages.
What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make?
One of the most rewarding parts of this job has been getting to watch the culture in Haiti change around recycling. In the very beginning, I once explained (in very broken French) to a group of students what Thread did with plastic waste and afterwards a man came up to me and asked,
“Did I just hear you telling those students that you can turn plastic into thread, and it is worth money?”
After I confirmed, he responded, “When people here learn that, it’s going to change things.”
The cultural response to trash and understanding around recycling has changed drastically since then. Seeing the growth and development of our friends and the teams we work with in Haiti is a joy.
What are you passionate about personally? What do you really enjoy? What can’t you stop talking about?
I believe brunch is the best meal, think volunteering is sexy, and run a lot. I don’t have a car, because I’d rather spend the money on plane tickets and adventures. One of my life goals is to be photographed by the Sartorialist. I hate when Mercury goes retrograde.
How do you want to be remembered?
As one classy dame.
Or, as someone who built a life she wanted, inspired others to do the same, and left a piece of this world better than it was when she came into it.