ABOUT

Mick Minard


b. 1973 // Lives on Wawonaissa Farm, USA

b. 1973 // Lives on Wawonaissa Farm, USA

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.
— George Gordon Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

 

A writer, photographer, and independent strategy consultant specializing in program design, marketing communications, and impact assessment. She uses visual and written narrative to inspire new forms of leadership, organizational transformation, and community engagement. 

Over the past twenty years, her professional and artistic work has largely been focused on discovering and supporting promising ideas for restoring connection between human society and the natural world. Her photographs have been exhibited in New York City and sold commercially.

Mick has worked in the United States, Europe, East Africa, and South Asia, with both non-profit and for-profit social ventures, and has facilitated the growth of early-stage capacity-building and income-generating initiatives serving the underprivileged and the rural poor. 

Late in 2009, she founded REEF Reports (Realizing the Ecosystem Effects of Finance™), a strategy consulting company aimed at driving new resources and new thinking to organizations that are positively transforming social behavior and human society. The company specializes in designing scalable strategies to deliver, evaluate, and report positive social and environmental impact to investors, foundations, social enterprises, and nonprofits operating in developing countries—especially those empowering women farmers through education, self-employment, and collective action.

Mick’s public speaking engagements in the U.S. and internationally have expanded awareness of the need for a sharper focus on the world’s women farmers. In 2012 and 2013, she was invited to present her research on the subject at the United Nations 56th and 57th Commissions on the Status of Women (CSW). 56th Commission Presentation | 57th Commission Presentation & Short Film

In 2014, while advocating for the empowerment of women and girls through life-long education, she was appointed to serve as a Representative to the United Nations on behalf of Graduate Women International, a Geneva-based nonprofit organization that holds special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the Committee on the Status of Women (CSW).

Since her first book was published on women leaders of India in March 2015, Mick has worked with REI, the nation's largest consumer co-op in the country, headquartered near Seattle. Primarily, she manages the company's Community Investment Program in the Tri-State Region. REI re-invests millions annually by awarding grants to local and national nonprofit organizations committed to increasing access to—and stewarding—inspiring outdoor spaces.