BRC and Friends is a 30-minute Google Hangout where I chat with friends and adventurers from around the interwebs. Each episode includes conversations about one of my guests passions, projects or area of expertise, a current events or two and we end with five random questions. This is basically an excuse for me to talk with interesting people about interesting things.

Today on BRC and Friends, I spoke with Laura Herrod from Thistle Farms, Shared Trade and In Earnest Magazine

October 17, 2014
11:00am PDT

Recap and more info about Laura Herrod are below the video.

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Laura Herrod on BRC and Friends with Bruce Reyes-ChowLaura Herrod was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but her Texan parents will attest that she was “raised right” on BBQ, Tex Mex, and Longhorn football. She lived in New York City for five years, earning her B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at The King’s College and working for a gospel rescue mission on the Lower East Side.

A self-proclaimed nerd, Laura moved to Nashville, Tenn., to work on her Masters in Community Development and Action at Vanderbilt. Laura joined the Nashville-based social enterprise Thistle Farms during her studies. She now runs communications for the latest Thistle Farms initiative, Shared Trade: A Fair Share for Women. She is thrilled to be working for a global initiative to support women’s economic freedom. You can find Laura patronizing coffee shops or eating at her favorite brunch spots. Her favorite appliance is her waffle maker.

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Episode Recap: Laura Herrod from Thistle Farms, Shared Trade and In Earnest Magazine


Segment 1:

Laura talks about the roots of social enterprise, Thistle Farms and their newest initiative, Shared Trade.

Segment 2:

In the second segment Laura talks a bit about her time in New York and her side project and passion, In Earnest Magazine where women write about life, work and culture.

Segment 3: [17:50]

Q1: What was your first concert? 

Young Messiah Tour with Avalon

Q2: Sound or smell that reminds you of your childhood.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Q3: What was your first or your worst job was?

First job helping out with the youth ministry, which meant free lunch every day.

Connie Britton on NashvilleQ4: You get to switch places with any person in the world, you get all of their talents, resources and networks, who would it be?

Connie Britton from the TV Nashville

Q5: Paying it forward, one organization that more people should know about

A House on Beekman:

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