Founder & CEO Susan CorreaSusan Correa has built her entire career in the apparel industry. She’s led multi-million dollar operations around the world, co-founded the successful fashion brand cooper & ella and managed a global sourcing company. Yet, despite these rich and fulfilling years, Susan felt something was missing.
Inspired by the purpose-driven lives of family and friends, Susan felt called to do more than simply “achieve”.
In an attempt to weave together her passion for fashion with a journey of impact, she created the program EMPOWER—an initiative that provides hot, nutritious meals to children in need. Slowly but surely, the wheels of change began to turn. We choose a career. A vocation chooses us.-- Robert A. Johnson.
To launch EMPOWER, Susan scheduled a trip to the Hope Foundation School in Bangalore, India. For the long journey, she packed two books: Seth Godin’s Linchpin and Jim Collins’ From Good to Great. The authors’ powerful messages, the inspiring children, the poverty, the whisper of possibility-- it was a recipe for transformation. Nothing could stay the same.
The books changed her course. The kids changed her heart. The journey changed her forever. Creativity is the unexpected mixing of existing ideas to form something entirely new.
Susan got creative. She realized that Jim Collins’ ideas on “how to be best in the world” clicked with Seth Godin’s “how to be best for the world.” She connected the need she witnessed at the Hope Foundation School with the opportunity for business to rise up and meet the need for organic kids clothes. She saw how the fashion industry had the incredible power to generate a better world by embracing its moral responsibility to self-reform through ethical children’s clothing.