Grab a morning coffee with us as the EC and The Tennessean present Sip It: Nashville's Story. From 8am to 9am on the fourth Tuesday of each month, we host a coffee, discussion and Q/A with some of Nashville's most active entrepreneurs and leaders.
This series will focus on stories of individuals and industries that have affected the surge of Nashville as one of the top cities for business and entrepreneurship in the US.
This event is free for EC Members and non-members to attend. Free parking located right outside the building.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24 • BECCA STEVENS
Becca Stevens is one of the premiere preachers and speakers in the United States proclaiming love as the most powerful force for social change. She is an Episcopal priest and founder of Magdalene, residential communities of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. She founded Thistle Farms in 2001 which currently employs nearly 50 residents and graduates, and houses a natural body care line, a paper and sewing studio and the Thistle Stop Café. She demonstrates that love is good business and raises millions of dollars annually for the organizations she runs. She is a prolific writer and has been featured in the New York Times and on ABC World News, NPR, PBS, CNN, and Huffington Post and named by the White House as one of 15 Champions of Change for violence against women in 2011. She was recently named 2014 Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America, has been inducted into the Tennessee Women's Hall of Fame, and conferred an honorary doctorate by The University of the South. In fall 2013, Stevens launched the first Thistle Farms national conference welcoming attendees from over 30 states. Her newest book, "The Way of Tea & Justice: Rescuing the World's Favorite Beverage from its Violent History," will release in 2014. Stevens lives in Nashville with her husband, Grammy-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon, and their three sons.