Let Your Silhouette Shine: How Humanitarian And Founder/CEO of TO THE MARKET | Survivor-made Goods, Jane Mosbacher Morris, Is Empowering Women Around The World
Simple Silhouette is a space created to encourage women to seek beauty beyond what is skin deep and to better understand the fullness of their individual worth. Each person is purposefully created—gifted with tailored talents, particular passions and the ability to impact the lives of others. We all have a story to tell, we all have a scope in life and we all have a one of a kind silhouette. I’m thrilled to introduce a new writing category entitled Let Your Silhouette Shine which will highlight exemplary women who, by pursuing their passion, discovered their silhouette and inspire others to follow suit.
Name: Jane Mosbacher Morris
Title: Founder and CEO of TO THE MARKET | Survivor-made Goods
Education: B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a MBA from Columbia Business School
Jane’s Silhouette: Humanitarian
Jane is an outstanding young woman whose heart for improving the lives of others has made waves across the globe.
She served as the Director of Humanitarian Action for the McCain Institute for International Leadership, at which she managed the Institute’s anti-human trafficking program and currently serves on the Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. But Jane’s impressive resume doesn’t end there—she also worked at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and has served as an investment consultant to Barbara Corcoran of ABC’s Shark Tank.
Additionally, Jane has traveled, spoke and written broadly on peace and security, regularly blogs for the Huffington Post, has received numerous professional accolades—such as being named one of the “Top 99 Under 33 Most Influential Young Professional” by The Diplomatic Courier in 2011, holds a seat on numerous Advisory Boards and is a proud mentor at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton School of Business’s Women Business Leaders.
Jane’s passion to serve others coupled with well-rounded experience led to her most recent endeavor, the launch of TO THE MARKET | Survivor-made Goods (TTM), a social enterprise focused on the promotion of goods made by and stories told by survivors of conflict, abuse and disease.
I recently had the privilege of speaking with Jane and discovered that her story is greatly powered by allowing her silhouette to shine which in turn has not only impacted the lives of many, but has also brought her great joy and fulfillment over the years. Here is a snippet of our delightful conversation.
What inspired you to pursue humanitarian work?
“My faith. I’ve been blessed with many special opportunities—being born in the United States, being financially stable, being healthy, having access to a wonderful education—gifts I feel compelled to use to improve the lives of others. I believe it’s what I’m called to do and I love it! In addition, my experiences in the field have helped me to better understand what I wanted to pursue. Prayer has kept me grounded and directed my path, aiding in my discernment.”
Why launch TTM, what is your connection the causes you advocate?
“During my time at the State Department tackling the issue of women and security, I was heartbroken by how mistreated and oppressed so many women are in communities around the world. I value control and independence—therefore, to envision being in an environment where I have no control over my life is difficult. In my opinion, people aren’t given the opportunity to fully become who they were made to be in overly-controlled environments. I began studying existing efforts to empower these communities and identified some gaps, specifically around economic empowerment. I have a desire to help those most vulnerable live a protected, safe and love-filled life and for each person to know that they are valued and have intrinsic worth.”
What are some of the most rewarding aspects of your career?
“The opportunity to expand friendships, work alongside likeminded people who share the same passions, be part of a team and (even more importantly) be part of an effort.”
What advice do you have for young professionals who share the same social passions as you and want to make a positive difference in the world?
“Learn to walk before you run. I wouldn’t be as effective if I had tried to start TO THE MARKET straight out of college. Working under people and being exposed to different institutions has been valuable. I personally believe it’s really worthwhile to learn from others before you start your own organization because you will serve your end consumer that much more effectively if you’ve been exposed to more of what works and what doesn’t. Creating a non-profit or a business IS NOT about you (the founder)—it’s about serving your end-customer, whether that customer is paying or not. Hone skill sets that will improve your effectiveness—passion is important but it’s not a substitute for well thought out action.”
Jane’s bold pursuit of her love for humanitarian work has paved a successful path to leadership and has enriched her life’s journey. How will you use your passions to bring about positive change in your family, in your friend group, in your community, in this world? What story is your life telling? What is YOUR silhouette?
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More About TO THE MARKET| Survivor-made Goods
Launched online platform November 2014
Mission: TO THE MARKET | Survivor-made Goods (TTM) combines the powers of commerce and storytelling to empower the world’s most courageous survivor populations, in the belief that resilience is more powerful than suffering.
Ways to Get Involved to Support TTM
- Buy products!
- Follow TTM on social media. Take the lead and help spread the word about serious issues by being a social network advocate.
- Intern or volunteer
- Host a pop-up shop
- TTM offers custom products to support survivor works through business, church organization and conference partnerships. Connect with TTM for events and corporate gifting opportunities.
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