Kimberlee Josephson to speak at Clio Club meeting
Kimberlee Josephson, a faculty member at Lycoming College, will be the featured speaker for the Clio Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Pine Stree United Methodist Church, 441 Pine St.
Josephson's main research interests are in the area of trade theory, economic development and international management. There are many theories on how to remedy global inequality and numerous economists have touted the notion that "aid through trade" should be the main focus for development. In response, there has been a rise in Alternative Trade Organizations (ATO) with the Fair Trade movement being the most prominent. The rise in ethical branding creates both opportunities and concerns for consumers and producers. The continued expansion of Fair Trade requires further exploration concerning its sustainability and legitimacy as a movement that promotes development.
"This presentation will appeal to those interested in trade and social responsibility and really anyone who might drink Fair Trade coffee or shop at Ten Thousand Villages," Josephson said.
Prior to her positions in academia, Josephson's employment ranged from working as a sales assistant in Manhattan for Harry Winston, to a lead producer at a Web marketing firm, to serving in on-air promotions for QVC and working as a freelance researcher for the NGO International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL).