Kelly Drennan, Founding Executive Director
Kelly Drennan is a social entrepreneur devoted to making change within the fashion industry - known for its many negative social and environmental impacts including labour, energy, waste, water, and the use of toxic chemicals.
Kelly brings her many years of experience in PR and event planning to Fashion Takes Action, providing members with communications and sales support. While her role is to promote awareness of the FTA brand, its members and the greater sustainable fashion movement, Kelly also works hard to bridge the gap between sustainable fashion brands and the consumer. She achieves this through her solid social media networks, consumer events, public speaking engagements, television segments, newspaper and magazine articles, and blog features.
A proven public speaker, Kelly has participated in a number of events including Women in Leadership's Managing Change and Sustainability, The Green Living Show, Toronto Greenhouse, The Green Business Strategy Summit (2010), WHEN's Connect Beauty, The Ministry of the Environment United Way Fashion Show, Alternative Fashion Week and The Retail Council of Canada's Energy & Sustainability Symposium. Kelly also regularly speaks at colleges and universities including Ryerson, Queen's, University of Ottawa, George Brown College, and Seneca College.
A recognized "green" event planner, Kelly has produced or handled the PR for several key events such as Canada's Greenest Fashion Event - The Green Gala (2007 & 2008), Eco Wedding & Lifestyle Show (2008), Brewers Plate Toronto (2007 – 2012), Green Business Strategy Summit, Shop Sustainable and Covet Their Closet – a high end designer clothing swap held at World Mastercard Fashion Week in Toronto.
With nearly 12,000 followers on twitter, Kelly is a social media maven, ranked in the "top 75 environmentalists to follow on twitter" by Mashable, and winner of the 2011 Treehugger Best in Green Award.
Kelly can be reached at email@example.com