Shannon Keith

Founder + Chairwoman, Sudara Inc.

A trip to India, in 2005, inspired Shannon to take action and begin an innovative business venture. Her drive to disrupt the social enterprise space and create lasting impact for survivors and those at high risk of sex trafficking led her to found and cultivate Sudara - a certified Benefit Corporation

Having previously spent ten successful years in corporate sales, Shannon was primed to redirect her business prowess to Sudara’s cause. Since founding Sudara, Shannon has received multiple accolades and rewards for her groundbreaking conscious approach to business ventures. She has been honored as a Social Impact Winner at Oregon’s largest Angel investing conference, BVC, won female Entrepreneur of the year in 2017, spoke at TEDx, and was a Top 25 SheEO World Venture Finalist, in addition to being featured in The Good Trade, Conscious Magazine, Real Simple, Forbes and more. Shannon is a sought-after national speaker delivering key notes and panel discussion on topics like economic development for women, how to use social business to address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and why investing in women is a game changer, plus many other topics in the social business arena.

Shannon created Sudara with a mission rooted in job creation and freedom-filled choice for women who want to escape sex slavery. Over the past fifteen years, Shannon has taken the organization far and wide. On its current trajectory, Shanon leads Sudara’s vision from the position of founder and chairwoman. Her responsibilities include analyzing systemic issues, evaluating and forming strategic partnerships, and positioning Sudara as a leader in the social innovation space.

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Lisa Flynn

CEO, Sudara Inc.

Conscious leadership is in Lisa’s DNA. She consistently builds brands and systems that relentlessly drive ROI, while placing as much emphasis on nurturing collaborative and healthy teams. A philanthropist at heart, Lisa’s strategic vision and plan for bettering humanity is the very thread of Sudara’s mission. She was drawn to Sudara because she knows that her innovative business model, paired with her passion, will drive global impact and propel Sudara to achieve what the world needs - gender equity.

With dual degrees in Marketing and Psychology, and having spent nearly two decades as an entrepreneur - both boot-strapped and venture capital backed - Lisa is no stranger to high growth businesses. Her experience ranges from creating a brick and mortar children’s photography studio from the ground up then successfully franchising it, to leading lean technology teams building groundbreaking mobile apps and SaaS products. She is a nationally sought-after speaker and thought leader for her insight into effective business strategy and systems, and how humans navigate them for better or worse. Lisa’s career highlights include speaking at TEDxWomen, being named Entrepreneur of the Year, and featured in Business Week for her unique franchise concept. She was also recognized in Ad Age magazine for her public service work and has won a variety of advertising honors, including the American Advertising Federation’s prestigious Silver Medal Award.

Lisa brings extensive experience as a forward-thinking leader who uses past failures as some of the strongest growth levers in her arsenal. As CEO, Lisa oversees all aspects of the Sudara Benefit Corporation including operations, sales, marketing, and strategic alliances to grow Sudara as a global leader of social impact. 

November 01, 2019 by Sudara Admin
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Molly Bull

VP of Marketing, Sudara Inc.

Molly’s passion for social justice combined with more than twenty years’ experience in Marketing Communications, both in the corporate world and nonprofit sector, drew her instantly to Sudara. Taking concept, to strategy, to measurable execution is Molly’s favorite recipe for meaningful impact, and it was immediately apparent that Sudara was a perfect fit with its tireless effort to achieve global gender equity as a certified Benefit Corporation. She wanted to be part of the change.

A life-long philanthropist, Molly’s draw to help others began with volunteer work as a crime victim advocate for the Deputy District Attorney’s office where she counseled and guided victims who were ordered to testify in court. Her commitment to understanding human behavior is what drew Molly to the marketing communications world, and joining Microsoft Corporation’s disaster response program fueled her ‘give back’ nature, where she oversaw deployment of communications systems during large-scale natural disasters, and was the recipient of Microsoft Operations’ Innovation Hero award. Most recently, Head of Marketing for a global nonprofit organization with a mission to eliminate corneal blindness, Molly co-led immersion trips to Asia that raised significant funds for the cause and built global awareness and advocacy. She has authored a number of speeches and industry publications for known media outlets.

 With her deep-rooted experience in marketing, communications, public relations, and strategic development, Molly oversees all things marketing for Sudara. Her commitment is to connect with and compel others to join the mission to eliminate human trafficking as we all lift society as a whole. 

 

November 01, 2019 by Sudara Admin
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Margaret Cascio

Head of Sales, Sudara Inc.

Margaret began her journey with Conscious companies and Mindfulness business practices about 5 years ago. Drawing on her first-hand experience at top companies as diverse as Apple and NTT Data, she saw the need to create a synergistic relationship between creating meaningful customer experiences and corporate efficiencies and profitability.  As a certified Mindfulness Coach for businesses and an experienced sales and marketing professional, Margaret found the Sudara team in perfect alignment with her heart and talents. 

Margaret has led national and global sales and marketing teams focused in the SaaS world delivering world class service and innovative solutions. In recent times, she ran Solutionography, a company focused on an inside out/outside in approach to creating meaningful and sustainable successes. Because of her passion to help to create conscious and mindful leaders, she developed a virtual coaching platform - Modern Leaders. The 12-week online class takes young professionals, moving into management, through a thorough leadership development skills training with a focus on conscious and mindful business practices. She is a speaker and thought leader within the mindful business and young professional development communities. 

As Head of Sales, Margaret is responsible for overseeing all sales activities including; working with enterprise and wholesale channels, inspiring the Sudara Sisterhood, examining growth opportunities, enabling sales improvements, and ensuring the department's performance against targets so that the Sudara mission is realized globally.

November 01, 2019 by Sudara Admin
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John Arathoon

Logistics Manager, Sudara Inc.

John was introduced to Sudara when looking for a meaningful opportunity while moving back to his hometown of Bend, Oregon. He found just that, and the harmony shows. John’s customers experience first-hand his personal commitment to conscious consumerism, and high-touch attentiveness ensuring that each person he connects with every day feels important - because in his words, “they are part of the change.”

With an extensive background in operations, John has more than ten years of experience in logistics, management, and supply chain. His strong leadership skills focus on employee motivation and empowerment, and his passion for working cross functionally with team members to build toward a common goal inspires his colleagues daily. John relishes working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with a world of opportunity - as is the environment at Sudara. In fact, one of John’s super-strengths is optimizing processes to meet the demands of a rapidly changing and growing business environment. 

As Logistics Manager, in many ways John is the nucleus of Sudara. Without his adept attention to the finer details that make the business go round, we would come to a screaming halt. John embodies the Sudara values as demonstrated each day in his commitment to keep the daily operations healthy and effective.

November 01, 2019 by Sudara Admin
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Gabriel Visva Kumar

Sewing Trainer + Quality Control, Sudara International

Hello, my name is Gabriel. My work with Sudara involves teaching the women in our centers how to sew, as well as auditing the finished garments for quality. This work is important to me because it gives me joy and satisfaction when I pass on my sewing skills to the deserved women in our society (India).

When the women are able to self-sustain through this career, I feel accomplished. Also, I love my work and enjoy my profession. I'm very to glad to be a part of Sudara.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending my Sundays with my wife and two young daughters, who are in grade school. They are very precious to me.

November 01, 2019 by Sudara Admin
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Glenn Parrish

Benefit Governor + Executive Director, Sudara Freedom Fund

Hey there, I’m Glenn!

I was born and raised in Southern California and grew up with a deep passion for making a difference and helping others make a difference as well. I love that our approach at Sudara is not simply charity but instead a thoughtful strategy to empower women to choose their own hopeful future by providing them access to employment and training. When people purchase a Sudara product, women (and their families) are set free to pursue their own future. In my free time, I love surfing and tennis and helping raise my two wonderful nephews in our non-traditional family.

Glenn Parrish Sudara Freedom Fund

November 01, 2019 by Sudara Admin
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Matt Collins

Associate Director, Sudara Freedom Fund
Hello I'm Matt
I live in the rolling coastal hills of California with my wonderful family.  I am thankful to be a part of this amazing Sudara team.
I help forward our mission as the associate director of the non-profit Sudara Freedom Fund.  We invest in training, housing, education and children safe houses for Indian women.  I administrate our banking, bill payments, donor contact, customer relations management, letter writing, website, partnerships, travel, donor house parties, strategy planning and more.   
In my spare time I can be found playing games with my 2 sons, swimming, reading, playing music, making musical instruments and volunteering. 
November 01, 2019 by Sudara Admin
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Isabelle Colas-Adeshina

Program + Research Manager, Sudara Freedom Fund
Hi, I‘m Isabelle! 
Being raised in both the United States and Haiti has become the foundation of my passion in helping and empowering others. The best part of my job as a Program and Research Manager is being able to use data and anecdotes from our centers to visually see and share the positive impact Sudara has for the women we serve in India.  I am a firm believer that storytelling alongside clean data is increasing positive impact across the globe, and constantly inspires me to share Sudara’s story and mission to everyone I meet. 
As for my spare time, I absolutely love learning… so you will always find me learning something new, it may be taking data analysis classes, or learning about how and why cultures are the way they are or the foundations of social economics. Another fun fact…  I collect books I find inspiring for fun, traveling makes my soul happy and video games are my zen... basically I am proud nerd at heart.
November 01, 2019 by Sudara Admin
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