Annie Walker is co-founder and co-deisgner at Tribe of Dreamers, an inspirational jewelry line that encourages people to do what the love to end what they hate. She is a Midwest gal from Kansas and former pastry chef. After living as a wedding cake designer in New York, she decided to spread her wings and see the world. What she found was remarkable. She worked the red light district in Thailand, helped post op children in Togo and lived in villages in Cambodia. When returning home she had the burning desire to make a difference in the world. She wanted to good through doing what she loves, making jewelry. She studied at a small design school in Florence then moved to her current home in LA. Through a happenstance meeting in a bar, she met Jen. After knowing each other only a few days, they started Tribe of Dreamers.
Carley Rudd was born and raised in the mountains of Maine and grew up working in her parent's jewelry studio and art gallery, Harvest Gold Gallery. This gave her a great appreciation for craftsmanship, the outdoors, fine art, and a true sense of community. Now, she lives by the beach in LA and works full-time as a commercial, editorial and fine art photographer focusing on travel and lifestyle. Through her work, it is easy to see her love of the outdoors, and appreciation for life’s simple pleasures. Trying new things and traveling to new places are what fuel her creative spirit. So, when she’s not snapping pics, she’s probably planning her next weekend road trip or adventure oversees.
Caroline McGraw is a California native with a pioneering spirit to produce social impact films & special projects that connect people, inspire change and benefit humanity.
A creative activist, producer, author and special projects manager, she is passionate about cultivating communities of compassion that lead people to action to help alleviate material and spiritual poverty.
Over the last decade her passions have taken her across the globe to Swaziland, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Moazambique. In 2013 she produced her first feature documentary, NEVER A NEVERLAND (NNL) that was awarded Best Documentary (Humanitarian), by the Women’s International Film + Television Showcase (WIFTS) and currently streams on Netflix. NNL was honored to be an official selection at The Justice Film Festival held in Los Angeles, February 23, 2014.
Caroline's happy place is spending time and serving alongside her family and grandson Ama, whether it be at home, in the community or in Africa.
Jen Boschma is co-founder and co-designer at Tribe of Dreamers, an inspirational jewelry line that encourages people to do what they love to end what they hate. An LA-native, Pepperdine grad and former non-profit fundraiser, Jen first fell in love with jewelry making after quitting her fulltime job to pursue the arts and see the world. From AIDS clinics in Haiti to women’s shelters in India, elephant reserves in Thailand and stilted houses in Cambodia, somewhere along the way it all clicked. Jen was inspired to use her love of making jewelry to uplift the communities she fell in love with, and wanted to encourage others back home to do also use what they loved to try to make a difference. Shortly after moving back to LA she met Annie serendipitously in a bar and within a few days, Tribe of Dreamers was born.
Lauren Wallis is the co-founder and president of YOUME Clothing, a nonprofit that makes old things new! Utilizing their collaborative repurposing model, they partner with communities in Africa to provide children with new school uniforms or clothing in exchange for their oldest garments. These tattered garments are brought back to the US, washed, cut and incorporated into designs onto YOUME apparel and sold. The proceeds fund more clothing exchanges and community-led development projects related to clean water or education! It's a beautiful cycle of turning rags into resources. Lauren was inspired to help start YOUME after earning a degree in Sociology/Cross-Cultural Studies, working in the apparel industry and spending 8+ years forging relationships and connections in Africa. After experiencing first hand how well-intentioned charities can often hurt communities in the long run, she decided to focus on partnering with communities and existing NGO's in creative ways that are both sustainable and effective! She believes it's only when we work together, towards a greater good, that we can truly live with passion and purpose. She and her husband, Marc, call San Diego home. You can usually find them camping, eating tacos or binge-watching Netflix!
Nada (pronounced Ned-ah) Jones is a business consultant and coach, an author, speaker and advocate of social entrepreneurship.
With 16 years of consulting and coaching creative entrepreneurial women, speaking and organizing conferences and workshops, Nada has built a company committed to helping women identify and actualize their dreams. Regardless of the platform, Nada has made it her mission to inspire and equip women to launch and grow for good.
Rachel Brown is a full-time artist that lives and works in Los Angeles, CA alongside her long-legged mutt Eleanor. Her whimsical watercolor paintings are a celebration of life. Rachel combines fluid watercolor strokes, smooth, controlled acrylic and a variety of textural elements to capture the energy and personality of every subject, big or small. With a background in graphic design and a keen interest in interior design, her art is always created to dwell cohesively and tastefully within a space. Rachel believes that it is the responsibility and privilege of artists to make the world a more beautiful place to live, and loves nothing more than working hard to make this a reality. Rachel was raised on a farm in rural Missouri where she was encouraged to dream and explore, but also "get s*** done!" When she’s not painting, Rachel loves nothing more than a good road-trip and a good sandwich... preferably at the same time.
Sarah Contrucci Smith
Sarah Contrucci Smith is the founder and designer at Ara Collective, a home goods company that collaborates with artisans to curate handcrafted pieces that blend their traditional craftsmanship with modern style. Inspired by the warmth and wildness of her childhood in Indonesia, she’s drawn to the eloquence of age-old designs and the complexity of artisanal techniques. She believes the high quality work of these makers can and should sustain a livelihood and provide economic opportunity. Sarah earned her Master’s Degree in International Development from Eastern University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Azusa Pacific University. After living in Indonesia, Uganda, Canada, Mexico, and Guatemala, she now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Blake, and their 100 lb. Rhodesian Ridgeback, River. At any given time you’ll find Sarah outdoors near some body of water, dreaming up her next international adventure, or curled up with a big bowl of mashed potatoes.