Headlining the discussion is Nguon Chantha, the Cambodian entrepreneur and former nurse who co-founded the Stung Treng Women's Development Center. Through the manufacture of Mekong Blue Scarves, which provide an industry for women artisans in Cambodia's Stung Treng province, the non-profit center advances causes such as literacy programs and vocational training.
She'll be joined by representatives of two Nashville companies working similar projects locally: Holli Anglin, executive director of Thistle Farms, which produces and sells bath and body products as part of its social mission for women survivors of prostitution, addiction and violence; and Kyle McCollom, co-founder of Triple Thread Apparel, the screen-printing enterprise that provides employment and job training for former offenders to society.
A reception begins at 5:30 p.m. this evening at Owen's Averbuch Auditorium, 401 21st Ave. S., with discussion to follow at 6. Owen Professor Jim Schorr, a board member of Nashville’s Social Enterprise Alliance, will moderate.