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Kirsten Dickerson, Founder and CEO

Kirsten Dickerson, CEO and Founder of Raven + Lily, is a thought leader in the social business and ethical fashion industry.

Before starting Raven + Lily, Kirsten’s career was divided by her passions for social justice and fashion. She spent 15 years doing both styling work in the film industry and working alongside global non-profits. Kirsten has traveled extensively to over 30 countries, starting with her studies in Africa and then living in Estonia shortly after the Soviet Union dissolved. The day after graduating from Baylor University, she headed to India to volunteer with Mother Teresa and Compassion International. Creating this brand has allowed her to unify her passions and capitalize her experience in both the humanitarian and fashion worlds. Motivated by a belief that each person is valuable and uniquely created, Kirsten is dedicated to empowering women to discover their full potential. She is passionate about promoting social business models as a means of providing a dignified way to alleviate poverty, especially among at-risk women.

Kirsten and her filmmaker husband live in a “tiny house” in the country outside of Austin, Texas on Green Acres, a boutique retreat for artists, families and sojourners. They have a minimalist lifestyle, and are enthusiasts of slow food and slow fashion, and the positive impact they have on people and the planet.

She has received awards for 2013 Rising Star: Austin Fashion Week and 2014 Blazing Star from Texas Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

Raven + Lily has two storefronts in Austin, Texas, and has been featured in magazines such as Marie Claire, InStyle, Lucky, Fast Company, GOOD Magazine, Forbes, Huffington Post, PeopleStyleWatch, and Elle.

Raven + Lily is Fair Trade Federation certified, as well as a B Corporation, and was named the Best for the World in Community Impact. We are also a member of the Ethical Fashion Forum, and were given the Sustainable Brand Leader for Jewelry Award. Raven + Lily was also given the Classy Award: Philanthropic Business of the Year, and the Austin Gives Generous Business Award: Charitable Champions.

Speaker Information

Some of the topics Kirsten has spoken and/or written about include:

  • Slow Fashion / Ethical Fashion
  • Empowering Women and Alleviating Poverty Through Sustainable Employment
  • Triple Bottom Line: Profits, People and the Planet
  • Social Business / Women Entrepreneurship
  • Minimalism: A Tiny House Lifestyle
  • Stories of Inspirational Women Around the World

Some of the audiences she has spoken to include:

  • SXSW Interactive
  • Social Good Summit
  • Texas Style Council
  • Texas Women's Chamber of Commerce
  • University of Texas Business for Good Summit
  • Roundtable Participant for the National Women's Business Council
  • Laity Lodge Retreat with James K. A. Smith
  • SXSW V2V
  • Mission Driven Summit
  • SXSW 2016
  • W Conference
  • Austin Women's Education Conference
  • Upcoming: Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network (#DWEN) Summit, NewCo, Yellow Conference


To contact Kirsten for media, email pr@ravenandlily.com. For speaking opportunities, email speakers@ravenandlily.com.

Kirsten Dickerson, Raven + Lily, Ethical Fashion

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