‘Before, [my relationship with purpose] was very image-driven. ‘Okay, I will look like a good person, I’m amazing, I’m such a great entrepreneur.’ But it has evolved over the years. It became less about how it will look like on me, and to how it will look like in the world.’

That is just one of the many, many extremely vulnerable, uncomfortable, gut-wrenching truth bombs from Reese Fernandez-Ruiz in this episode.

Reese Fernandez-Ruiz is the co-founder of the social enterprise called Rags2Riches, or R2R for short. R2R is a fashion and design house that crafts eco-ethical products woven by empowered community artisans from underprivileged and indigenous communities from the Philippines. The brand is all about making things that matter, and weaving joy into every story. Every product is handmade by artisans from the R2R community, using upcycled, overstock cloth, and indigenous fabrics.

Reese, as co-founder of R2R, has been included in the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2015, she has been recognized as a Global Good Fund Fellow, the 2010 Rolex Awards for Enterprise, is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and was a recipient of the 2015 Eileen Fisher Women in Business Award. That’s just the tip of the iceberg — the list of awards is very, very long.

THIS EPISODE IS FOR YOU IF…
You are looking for clarity about your Why. This is for you if you find yourself constantly simmering or grappling in your thoughts of wanting to find your purpose, or maybe starting a business or project with social impact, or just finding work that is meaningful to yourself and to the world — but don’t really have someone to talk to about it.




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