Theresa Carrington

Intercultural Innovation Award (IIA)

Innovator. Humanitarian. Unlikely Change Agent. Theresa Carrington is changing the world, having discovered the tipping point from poverty to prosperity, one beautiful piece of artwork at a time. Theresa created the Graduate from Poverty® and Prosperity Wages® models which have ended poverty for thousands of people in developing economies through empowerment, respect, and entrepreneurship. Theresa innovates through technology and is one of the inventors of Artisan&You, the worlds largest artisan engagement programs. This patent pending technology directly connects the artisan who made a product with their customer in North American. Recognized internationally for her innovative approach to ending poverty Theresa Carrington brings fresh ideas and approaches to the last mile issues of poverty resulting in empowerment, entrepreneurship, and prosperity in the lives of those her program and expertise touches. Theresa is an inspiring speaker and leading Social Entrepreneur. Theresa is a designated U.S. State Department speaker and has served as a keynote speaker for BMW, Whole Foods Market, and Barnes Jewish Hospital Group, to name a few. Theresa is a regular guest lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis and has lectured at nearly a dozen other colleges throughout the United States including the University of South Carolina, University of Wisconsin and Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Theresa is an International Development Thought Leader and a globally recognized Social Entrepreneur. Theresa is an 11 time Mid America Emmy award winning journalist and is a member of the BMW Responsible Leaders Network, The Intercultural Leaders Network and the Women Presidents Organization. Theresa is an expert on story telling, entrepreneurship, social enterprise and international development. She uses her more than 30 years of experience to help organizations grow their business through the power of story and understanding how the power of story relates to finding, attracting and retaining millennial employees and consumers.


UNAOC Pillar

Areas of Focus


  • Photography
  • Video
  • Monitoring
  • Mentoring
  • Motivation
  • Decision Making
  • Presentations
  • Speeches
  • Trainings
  • Software

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