Purse for the People Story
Carole Murphy left her dental practice in California and returned to her hometown, Butte, Montana in 2015 to launch Purse for the People. Along with Clark Grant, she hosts the public radio program, Heart Stock Radio, a production of KBMF 102.5, which features social enterprise, innovation and using business as a force for good.
Prior to founding Purse for the People, she built and grew a successful dental practice for 13 years. In addition to her dental practice, she has been involved with various entrepreneurial activities as a DIY rancher and and as a science tutor. Prior to attaining her Doctorate at the University of Maryland Dental School, she was a 7th grade science teacher in Potomac Maryland and worked on Capitol Hill as an assistant to Congressman Norman Mineta.
Lynette Bushman, President of LJ Sourcing Agency Inc (LJS), started working in the textile industry when she developed a line of women’s purses in 2005 as a master seamstress. During the process of manufacturing the purses, she learned the ins and outs of the manufacturing industry. She started LJS to help companies get their products developed and on the market. LJS has developed many kinds of consumer goods including electronics, paper goods, pet products and wood, plastic and metal goods and apps. They have the practical knowledge of what the factories are looking for in patterns/production/CAD.
Kimberly Mitchell-Catlett, Founder of Bella Modi, LLC, has 20+ years of experience in marketing and product development. Initially starting her fashion journey in footwear, she is now specializing in the production of bags and leather goods at her manufacturing facility in Boise, ID. Kimberly is heavily focused on helping brands get their products from ideation thru production, primary working with Brands that need lower volume production or customization options. Kim’s capabilities include pattern making, product design, tech pack development, sample making and manufacturing.
Jen Prigge has been employed as a CPA at Prigge & Otten, PC since 2015, specializing in financial accounting. Previously, she worked at Headframe Spirits as COO/CFO and as Controller/CFO at Crowley Design Group, both of which are small businesses in Butte, Montana. In her current position, Jen finds working with entrepreneurs and small businesses particularly rewarding. Jen graduated summa cum laude from the University of Montana with an MBA in 2007 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in 2002.
3D Modeling and Prototyping
Born in Lake Charles Louisiana, Kevin Cook was raised on a bayou until age 8 when his family moved to Butte Montana, which he now considers his hometown. After graduating from High School, he learned a trade and worked as a carpenter for 35 years building homes, businesses and industrial projects in Texas, Louisiana, Oregon, Washington and Montana. He married and had a daughter in 1992 who he raised as a single father. After an injury, he retired from carpentry and enrolled in college at age 53, studying 3D drafting and design, which he now uses to help companies develop consumer products. Another one of his passions in life is music. He’s played guitar and various other brass and string instruments since age 9 and now manages a music store in his hometown.
Dwi Pravita Ganatri
Dwi Pravita Ganatri has an extreme passion for nature and indigenous cultures. From the biodiversity of tropical ecosystems, to local people and their cultural connection to the forest. Through her various endeavours, working to protect Indonesia’s diverse ecology, she’s learned how to adapt and work with diverse teams. She’s worked for the United Nations Development Program, developing strategies and mainstreaming Redd+ (Reducing Emissions from
Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and as a online media journalist. When she’s not sourcing materials and fabrics for our handbags, she’s working to protect the diverse populations of endangered species found on the island states of Indonesia at her current position with Jakarta University.
With a design career that expands over 20+ years, designer Violeta Villacorta has been at the forefront of sustainable fashion since the 90s. Violeta works with companies that are leaders in sustainability, addressing environmental and social issues, while creating successful apparel and accessory collections, developing products that generate sustainable financial growth, while helping to minimize our negative impact on our planet.
Violeta also works with indigenous Amazon rainforest artisans, bringing their artistry to market outside of their remote communities. Violeta ls helping develop designs and creative vision for Purse for the People.
Jenny Kasson has over two decades of experience as an attorney and advisor for mission-driven enterprises. Jenny is certified as a coach by the International Association of Women in Coaching as well as an author. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and a masters degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. Jenny is also a fellow at Democracy Collaborative and the co-founder of the Force for Good Fund.