Therese Fernandez-Ruiz

President and Founding Partner, Rags2Riches

Therese Fernandez-Ruiz is President and Founding Partner of Rags2Riches, a company committed to improving the quality of life of Filipino artisans living in less advantaged communities. Rags2Riches provides a fully integrated and sustainable livelihood platform to communities who desire to increase their incomes, gain access to social services, and build a roadmap for them and their families to get out poverty. The platform consists of three basic building blocks to achieve scale and sustainability: design integration, skills training and market access. Since its establishment, Rags2Riches has trained 1,000 Filipino community-based artisans. R2R is scaling its positive impact through building an online media and market platform called Things That Matter. Therese and Rags2Riches have been recognized internationally through Fast Company, Forbes 30 Under 30, Rolex Awards for Enterprise, British Vogue and others.