Liz Forkin Bohannon

Liz is the founder of Sseko Designs. Sseko is an ethical fashion brand that works to educate and empower women. By providing employment and educational opportunities, Sseko enables women to continue their education and become leaders in their country. In four years, Sseko has grown from three women making sandals together under a mango tree, to an international fashion brand that provides employment, educational opportunities and entrepreneurial training to over 76 women in East Africa.

Using her unlikely story of a journalist-gone-shoe-maker, Liz shares her passion for social enterprise, conscious consumerism, social justice, creative leadership, gender equity, risk-taking, and empowering women. She believes deeply that business is a powerful platform for social change and that girls are our future.

Liz's work has landed her on the show SharkTank as well as recognition in Bloomberg Business, Ingram's 30 under 30 and winner of The Bush Institute Global Women's Award, Global Women's Champion Award and the the Spanx Leg Up Award. In a 2017 FORBES article she was chosen as a speaker not to miss! 

She now splits her time between Uganda and Portland, Oregon, where she and her husband Ben run Sseko Designs. 

Topics Include
Social Enterprise I Women I Design + Social Impact
Possible Formats
Keynote I Classroom I Panel

Past Engagements

  • SXSW
  • Catalyst
  • Q Commons
  • The Nexus Youth Forum at the UN
  • The League of Change at the Rockefeller Center
  • The US Africa Leader Summit hosted by the White House
  • Cartier Women’s Initiative in Paris
  • Global Women’s Forum

Travel Info

Departing From:
Portland, OR



Liz Bohannon will inspire your audience. Her story is powerful, and she can connect with young and old, CEO or entrepreneur and bridges the gap of not just inspiring, but also providing practical lessons that can be applied immediately.
— Brad Lomenick, Former Director of Catalyst and author of The Catalyst Leader
Liz is amazing! The students loved her, surrounded her for pictures and questions and pretty much refused to move on to their next event because they liked her so much. She was very inspiring and clearly thought provoking. We will absolutely be booking her again.
— Logan Johnston, Congressional Youth Leadership Forum