Camp ThunderCraft: Navigating the Personal vs. Political (or, how to take a stance within your business without looking like a profiteer)
This political climate has a lot of us asking, what can we do? Also wondering how to have a political voice with your business can be scary. However many of us are women, many of us rely on the Affordable Care Act, and many of us are worried that the current administration will threaten our way of life and our business. Join in this discussion on how you can have a political voice and how you can use your platform to engage others and even the fears of alienating you fans. Kristen Rask (Urban Craft Uprising) will be moderating this discussion along with Cat Wilcox (Velouria) and Wazhma Samizay (Retail Therapy), all of whom have been vocal with their feelings about this administration, while also trying to use their spaces as a place to have people gather to talk, share art and donate to various causes near and dear to them.
This is one of our weekend speaker sessions at Camp ThunderCraft this April! Visit that link to find out more about Camp ThunderCraft, and to register to join us!
Kristen Rask wears many hats. She opened a store, Schmancy in 2004 which remained open until 2016. At her shop she started an annual plush show that garnered attention all over the world and landed her her first book deal. Since she has been published 8 times by two different publishers. She started a monthly meet up for small business owners that became an annual conference called School House Craft. She is also the President of Urban Craft Uprising, co-owner of Urban Craft Uprising’s store, Headquarters and recently was hired to do social marketing for the Moore Hotel. She does sleep and enjoys cooking and relaxing when she finds time. She’s a big believer in self care which she attributes to being able to do so much and mostly she is able to because she loves her job and community a lot.
Cat is co-owner of Velouria and runs the social media for the shop. Realizing that the shop’s following offers a unique opportunity to affect a wider audience than her personal network has spurred her to engage in conversations around Black Lives Matter as well as abortion access and women’s rights in general.
Wazhma Samizay is an Afghan American entrepreneur. She opened her boutique Retail Therapy in 2003. The boutique doubled up as an art gallery space for artists who were unable to show politically driven work. She is the co-founder of the Seattle made clothing company Bobojan. She consults multiple small businesses with a focus on minority owned businesses committed to sustainability. Her deep love of music led her a partnership with local recording studio Critical Sun.