Markey Culver is the Founder and Co-Director of The Women’s Bakery, Inc. The Women’s Bakery (TWB) is a business model committed to empowering women through education and business. In East Africa, TWB has created economic opportunities for women by training them to build, operate, manage, and sustain their own bakeries which sell affordable, locally sourced, highly nutritious breads.
Through comprehensive training, TWB empowers women to profitably own and operate nutrition-centric bakeries. Rather than build bakeries as an act of charity, TWB harnesses business, and business training, as a tool for positive social change. Viewing poverty as the absence of choice, the TWB model offers women the choice to take on a business and make it work in their community. That's conscious capitalism.
Markey views business as a medium - a solution-providing agency that consciously works for people. Building bakeries has become her means to creating access to opportunity, namely financial independence and social empowerment, for women globally.
With a background in business creation and administration, technical training, and strategic communication, Markey co-leads TWB’s team with competence and zeal. Markey oversees operations, manages personnel, implements strategic partnerships in the US and abroad, and manages business development initiatives. Markey also recently graduated with her MBA from Washington University’s Olin Business School.