Liz Forkin Bohannon is the co-founder and co-CEO of Sseko Designs, an ethical fashion brand that works to educate and empower women. By providing employment and educational opportunities, Sseko enables women in East Africa to continue their education and become leaders in their country and our world. Her book, Beginner’s Pluck, is available now.
Liz graduated from the University of Missouri with a master’s degree in journalism. She moved to Uganda with the hope of becoming a human rights journalist but started a social enterprise instead. Since then, Sseko has grown from three women making sandals together under a mango tree, to an international fashion brand that provides employment, educational opportunities and entrepreneurial training to hundreds of women in Uganda and across the globe.
The Sseko story has been featured in dozens of publications including: Vogue Magazine, Redbook Magazine, O Magazine, Inc., Fortune and others. Sseko has appeared on national broadcasts including ABC’s Shark Tank and Good Morning America. Among other notable honors, Liz was recently named a top three Transformation Leader by John Maxwell, Forbes listed her as a top 20 public speaker in the U.S. and Bloomberg Businessweek named Sseko as a top social enterprise to watch.
Liz lives in Portland, Oregon where her and her husband and company co-founder Ben run Sseko and raise their two sons.