She Inspires is a series that covers women in the US who are leaders in different industries. This series seeks to provide awareness of these women, their contributions to their industries, as well as inspire other women to discover their life's mission.
Jane Mosbacher Morris previously served as the Director of Humanitarian Action for the McCain Institute's human trafficking initiative. Prior to that, she worked in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Counterterrorism, and in the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues (who better to highlight?). The Columbia University alumna has traveled, lectured and written extensively on peace and security issues and blogs regularly for The Huffington Post.
We sat down with Jane, who is the CEO of TO THE MARKET to find out more about her company's origins and her recent pop-up shop at City Center DC. What we love most about Jane? She is intelligent, passionate and loves mashed potatoes -- who wouldn't love her?!
CM:What does a typical day look like for you?
JMM: No matter where I am in the world, I almost always start my day with a healthy amount of caffeine (ideally a triple iced latte!). If I am out in the field, I take instant coffee with me and add it to hot water. That’s about the extent of my daily ritual because running a start-up forces you to wear so many hats, from engaging with customers to copy-editing blog posts. I try to end my day with daily devotionals to keep myself centered and focused on the purpose of the work.
CM:How did TTM come about?
JMM: I launched TO THE MARKET (TTM) after identifying a need to support economic empowerment for survivors of abuse, conflict, and disease. My work at the State Department and for the McCain Institute really prepared me for this chapter in my life!
CM:Tell us about the TTM Pop-up shop that took place on May 15th.
JMM: We were incredibly fortunate to have a number of DC businesses offer to host this pop-up shop in order to allow TO THE MARKET to share our mission. The incredible team at CityCenterDC spearheaded the event; Covington and Burling provided a light-filled reception space, as well as catering; DBGB’s Kitchen and Bar contributed delicious wines; and RareSweets donated an assortment of their unique (and addictive!) desserts!
We also had TTM Advisory Board Member and human trafficking survivor Margeaux Gray discuss what freedom meant to her. Her speech was moving and reminded me how fortunate I am to have her on our Board.
Lastly, the pop-up shop included survivor-made items from a variety of causes and countries, from yoga bags made in the Democratic Republic of Congo by survivors of conflict to deco-styled dangly earrings made by survivors of HIV/Aids in India.
CM:What are some other projects that you're working on right now?
JMM:We are continuing to grow our retail partnerships, which kicked off this year with a Nepal-focused post-Earthquake sale with ideel.com.
CM:What advice would you give women who want to make a difference in their community?
JMM:Just do it! So many women I know are so bright and capable and have a desire to serve others, but are afraid of failing. Women are often their own worst enemy, allowing for self-doubt to rule their lives. If your heart is in the right place and your intentions are truly service-oriented, then commit to a project and get to work! No act of service is too small!
CM:Name a woman who inspires you and share why.
JMM:My grandmother, because she raised six kids while working (sometimes nights!).
CM:What’s your favorite comfort or junk food?
JMM:Oreos, mashed potatoes, bacon….the list goes on! : )