40 Under 40: Melissa Sevy

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Company: Fair Kind
Title: Co-founder
Age: 34
City: Provo

Global Pursuits Melissa Sevy’s career has been unbelievably kind. The day after graduating from BYU in 2009, she left for Uganda to work as a country coordinator for HELP International. That four-month stint solidified her global outlook, and she immediately co-founded Musana International, a non-profit that provides employment and educational opportunities for women in Uganda. In 2016, Sevy co-founded Fair Kind, which is a for-profit company and an umbrella organization to Musana. The company works with artisans in several countries, including Uganda, Rwanda, South Africa, Morocco, India, Mexico, Peru and Guatemala to source handmade, ethical corporate gifts for companies in the U.S. Last fall, Sevy took it one step further and founded Givv, which helps companies develop their social impact and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

Childhood Vision “Geologist, writer and dance teacher.”

Growing Up “Growing up the only girl with four rough and tumble brothers, I quickly learned to hold my own — I could prank, tease and fight like any of the rest of them.”

Hindsight is 20/20 “I wish I would have hooked in with mentors earlier in my journey as an entrepreneur. People are so willing to help!”

Clearing The Mind “A long run does wonders for me.”

Out Of Sight! “I just did my first full Ironman in Santa Rosa, Calif. While training for it, I was doing a long bike ride in Colorado with my brother, and we ended up riding next to two wild horses for about three miles — a surreal experience.”

Ultimate Vision “I would love to be a thought-leader in the arena of social impact. I want to help companies see that by doing business more ethically, it can not only improve the dedication of their workforce and customer base, but also improve bottom lines. I also hope to see my ventures grow to a place where I work less and chill more.”


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