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Building Brands for a Better Tomorrow | Women of Fire Fireside Chat Series
Does your brand speak to your values, and your truth? Are you offering products or services that fills a need? Join manakii founder and creative brand expert Sowmya Pelluru to learn how and why she created her brand manakii.

When Sowmya was 24 years old, she had a dream and unproven belief that a first generation Indian American woman could disrupt a $14 Billion US industry that had been created for women and run by men. Today, manakii is a socially conscious sustainable underwear company on a mission to empower all women built off of the simple idea that underwear is a product women need, and not a luxury. manakii’s buy one, donate one model allows the dignity of comfortable underwear for all women, so they can focus on contributing to the world.

May 27, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sowmya Pelluru
Founder and CEO @Manakii
Founder and CEO of manakii, a social and sustainably conscious D2C women's underwear company on a mission to do good. manakii is built off the simple idea that underwear is a product women need, and it should not be treated as a luxury. manakii highlights that in this new era of revolution, women's time and purchasing power should be used to uplift themselves and other women. manakii’s buy one, donate one model allows the dignity of comfortable underwear for all women, so they can focus on contributing to the world. It's a lesser known fact that women's underwear is one of the most needed and least donated products in shelters, making it vital to provide through the company's purpose in supporting all women via a product that has an effect on one’s mental and physical health.
Kimberly Gayle
Chief Program Officer @Washington Area Community Investment Fund
Kimberly D. Gayle is the Chief Program Officer at Wacif, where she provides leadership and management oversight of Wacif’s small business and entrepreneurship advisory services and technical assistance initiatives. Before WACIF, she was the Regional Director for the Minority Business Assistance Center lead by the State of Ohio’s Minority Business Development Division and hosted by the Columbus Urban League. The Columbus Minority Business Assistance Center served the needs of Ohio’s small, minority, and socially economically disadvantaged businesses in 18 counties. She is a certified business advisor with extensive experience driving business growth in start-up, turnaround, and well-established cultures.