HOW IT ALL STARTED
A chance field trip with Susan's product development students to Patty's apparel company's offices marked the beginning of a long-term friendship, business partnership, and mutual trust and admiration for each other.
With many years of combined experience in the fashion industry, Patty and Susan walked the beaches of Southern California with their dogs during their off-hours, dreaming of ways to make the fashion industry's supply chain cleaner, more ethical, and better.
EthoWork's genesis was a combination of ingenuity, hard work, and over 30 years of combined experience in production, quality assurance, sustainability, social responsibility, product development, merchandising, teaching, and learning design. They figured that if they couldn't try their hand at making the world a better place, then who could (or would)?
Welcome to EthoWork. Ensuring ethical work for all.
Founder, Managing Partner, Consulting
Patricia (Patty) is a strategy and capacity builder with over 35 years experience driving change at senior levels. She has extensive experience in sustainability, working with the world’s leading companies in the apparel industry. Her areas of expertise lie in supply chain risk management, ethical sourcing, product sustainability programs, CSR management strategy, worker well-being initiatives, and global regulatory compliance.
Patty holds a degree in industrial engineering with a specialization in Human Resources.
A native of Lima, Peru, she is also a certified life coach, and co-founder of ICF-Peru (International Coaching Federation). Patty's also taught at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.
Patty loves to travel and is an expert beach walker and amateur golfer.
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SUSAN NELSON SPENCER
Founder, Managing Partner, Learning
As a learning designer with a sustainable fashion background, Susan designs and develops EthoWork's social-ethical learning programs, in addition to her other operational responsibilities.
Susan has been an adjunct faculty member at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles for over 20 years, teaching merchandising, sustainability, and product development courses.
Aside from her fashion industry and educational background, Susan has created corporate learning experiences for Fortune 500 companies such as Google, Facebook, KPMG's Impact ESG program, and Saks Fifth Avenue. She holds a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology and a Master of Public Policy.
Susan's mission is to create meaningful learning experiences using proven cognitive neuroscience research.
When not working, she's either walking her dogs, traveling, or learning more (about something).
Susan's work may also be viewed on her portfolio site at https://www.susannelsonspencer.com
Linkin with Susan at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/susannelsonspencerlearningdesigner/
Senior Sustainability Advisor and Allied Partner, Global Assessment / Auditing Services
A native of Guatemala, Fryda is a trusted Ethowork allied partner in the area of social and environmental workplace audits in the Americas.
As a founding partner and director of BGZ Compliance Advisory Group in Honduras, Fryda is responsible for the coordination and leadership of a team of social auditors, all of whom are active members of the Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA).
BGZ's auditing services include social compliance, health and safety, and CTPAT (security) audits, as well as providing recommendations for social compliance audits and certifications of factories.
Fryda has also provided consulting and auditing services for the Global Social Compliance programme, Bureau Veritas, and Eurofins, among others.
Fryda is a former consultant at PWC. Her 25 years of auditing and consulting experience have made her a regional expert in social compliance and labor auditing in Latin America.
Fryda holds dual degrees in Business Administration and Industrial Psychology.
When not managing her team of global auditors, Fryda enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.