We are all driven by our own inner mission. For Enrique, his has become intertwined with the ability to recognize the face behind the product and the need to make sure the production of goods aligns with ethical expectations. He is curious about understanding who makes up the team that is involved in helping the overall product come alive and argues we seem to have lost this important dialogue. “What if similar to the farmer’s markets that have started to open up all over the country, we could have equally fascinating dialogues about the sourcing processes that support the products we consume. Would we make a different selection?” The answer for Enrique is based on choice: would consumers choose differently based on a more complete picture of the supply chain process, complemented by an associated set of minimum manufacturing standards? The result is a consumer who has the ability to easily and quickly select a preferred product, a decision that is based on a deeper understanding of the source, along with a personal and compelling narrative by its maker.
Enrique has dedicated his career to the understanding of client needs, to finding the best way to resolve complex internal organizational challenges, and to looking for creative ways to maximize limited resources of project budgets that have ranged from several millions to multi-billion dollar efforts. With experience in the private and public sectors, on projects of local, state, national and international scope, Enrique has covered a lot of ground. After more than fifteen years of leading top Fortune 500 firms at a senior management level, Enrique has developed a set of tools he now applies in a particular way to each project: each effort poses a unique challenge and each deliverable becomes a precious opportunity to excel.
He recognizes our clients have a unique connection with their customers. As a result, he likes to approach these connecting threads as individual and unique opportunities. This approach helps our consumer research team in developing a thoughtful and collaborative dialogue that helps to pave the way for a successful new marketing channel that improves our customer outreach and expands the overall client base into a larger area of influence.
Enrique has focused his career on producing sustainable products that support rigorous certification efforts, which can be recognized through their value proposition. He is a LEED accredited professional and a registered architect who offers extensive experience in all phases of management and product development. His previous production experience encompasses urban planning, commercial, educational, diplomatic, hospitality, transportation, and government production.
Aside from helping clients advance their organizations and achieve their business objectives, Enrique likes to spend time with his wife and two daughters, on his bike, and on running trails. He speaks fluent Spanish and French.
Enrique holds a B. Arch. from the University of Houston, as well as MBA and MSRE graduate degrees from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
Kate Bryden is an efficiency enthusiast. Throughout her 15 year career managing real estate development and construction projects, Kate has honed her ability to balance schedule and cost efficiency with the durability and quality of a product created. Kate began her career at a time when ‘sustainability’ and ‘green’ were buzzwords casually applied to add marketing cache. She watched as the LEED® Certification revolutionized the development industry by creating a set of standards by which the so-called “sustainable” projects could be judged and became a LEED® Accredited Professional. Kate was an early adopter of LEED® and realized that not only was sustainable construction more environmentally and ethically responsible but that ultimately, it adds value to a given product long after the construction materials are fully depreciated.
Aside from her passion for sustainability, Kate also believes that everyone working on a project is entitled to be compensated fairly for their work. She has seen project schedules and workmanship quality suffer when profits of sub-tier subcontractors and suppliers are constricted in the name of value engineering. Ultimately, Kate has seen that the excessive constriction of supplier profit erodes the quality of a product and ultimately depletes its value and ability to generate revenue.
From that viewpoint, Kate has seen that the model of developing a real estate asset is similar to the development of many other assets or products that are sold to generate revenue. Kate believes strongly that by using a standard to measure supply chain and manufacturing information, the current intangible value of a product’s social responsibility and sustainability footprint can be quantified and actualized. This actualized value translates into additional profit for producers and value to the end users. Kate believes that consumers should have a metric to evaluate the goods they purchase and a choice; they should be able to decide whether the purchase price presented to them aligns with the value behind that price. Given the choice that Povigy’s platform offers, Kate believes that the majority of consumers will choose a product that they know aligns with their values and that is produced in a way that increases the value of their investment.
In managing complex teams of professionals with diverse contributions to a project, Kate has a specialized ability to drive the operational goals of a project while maintaining stakeholder interests. She understands the needs of a service-oriented business platform and enjoys the challenge of exceeding client’s expectations of value for that service. Kate’s familiarity with the administration of a standard registration process ensures that client information will be compiled and processed efficiently and effectively.
Kate is an enthusiastic Baltimore native who left her hometown to pursue a degree in civil engineering at Vanderbilt University. She completed a Masters of Science in Real Estate at Johns Hopkins University’s Carey Business School. Kate believes strongly that all business leaders have an obligation to contribute to their community and use their professional acumen to the benefit of society. The drive to give back led her to join the board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Maryland Chapter. She also serves on the board of ShareBaby, Inc. Through ShareBaby, Inc. she co-directs the only diaper bank in Baltimore.
Kate enjoys travel and exploring new cultures and bringing that culture back to her native Baltimore through culinary experiments. She also enjoys playing golf and spending time with her husband, daughter, and their dog, Bogey. Kate speaks conversational French and is currently learning to speak Spanish.
Alexandra is motivated by the desire to educate consumers on the products they consume so they can make responsible decisions that support their health and the well-being of others. We know that consumer thinking also drives change within brands to make more thoughtful choices within their own business and supply chain.
Based in New York City, her work focuses on strategy and development, marketing, communications, branding and partnership building.
Alexandra has led successful projects for prominent and diverse entities such as Sancroft, the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the White House Executive Branch, USAID, the Rwandan government, the United Kingdom, The Washington Post and a leading international nonprofit foundation. The head of the Committee on Climate Change and former Secretary of State for the Environment in the UK chairs her current work on sustainability.
Alexandra has over ten years of business development and marketing experience across a range of sectors in the USA and internationally.
From 2007 – 2012 Alexandra worked at The Washington Post in a variety of roles, including corporate communications.
From August 2012, over a period of 10 months, Alexandra worked in various projects under the auspices of the Rwandan and U.S. governments, including USAID’s Management Sciences for Health (MSH) program in East Africa. Alexandra also worked for Rwanda’s government media company, MSG, managing government campaigns and client branding projects. She volunteered mentoring young women and working in an artisan cooperative developing handmade products for tourists.
In October, 2014 Alexandra travelled to Afghanistan as part of the US Secretary of Defense’s Task Force for Business Stability Operations (TFBSO), advising stakeholders on private sector investment with the Ministries of Agriculture and Petroleum. She also worked on a multi-million dollar government program to enhance economic productivity in the Afghan cashmere industry.
Christine believes that we all can make a true difference in the world. She also knows that doing so comes down to effective communication, telling and hearing the story of something or someone. Christine values that which allows people to have a positive impact on the world and on others. Povigy does exactly that. It empowers customers to use their dollars to change the lives of those involved in manufacturing products and it allows companies that value good manufacturing processes to differentiate themselves in the market while benefiting economically from doing so. Christine knows the importance of effective communication to get the word out and have an impact.
For decades, Christine has worked with professionals and executives, helping them craft their individual story and professional path. She has also worked with businesses to create and effectively frame their message and outreach. She has written countless articles, created and given seminars to the public, helped create and revamp business website content, and edited numerous books and publications. Christine is excited to use her experience and skills to promote Povigy and in doing so, to help tell the story of the creation of products aligned with Povigy.
Christine has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has received certification as a Career Management Professional. She is fluent in French and lived in France for a number of years.
When she is not writing or editing, Christine can be found playing her bass and singing professionally with several groups – performing blues, R&B, swing, and gospel music. She loves traveling, is an avid organic gardener, and loves spending time with her husband and extended family, including grandkids!
A traveler and storyteller at heart, Alex searches for an interesting story wherever she goes. What she has found working at Povigy is that something as simple as a t-shirt has a tangled narrative of the dozens of people involved in making it and transporting it across the world, and she would like to share these stories with you. Alex also cares deeply about social and environmental issues, especially fair and safe treatment of workers and the environmental impact that our modern luxuries (food, clothing and technology from around the world) can cause. She hopes by telling these stories, by putting faces and names with the things that we use everyday, we can all come to appreciate our global community.
Alex has a degree from Occidental College in Theatre and English Literature, which she has used as a playwright – with plays produced in both Denver and Los Angeles – and as a screenwriter and webseries producer. In 2014 Alex, along with her screenwriting partner, was a quarter-finalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting Competition and she currently has two films in pre-production. She also frequently appears on stage and in front of the camera as an actress and musician.
A Colorado native with a flair for the theatrical, Alex currently lives in Denver but has also called Los Angeles and London home. A dedicated traveler, Alex has visited 4 continents, 20 countries and over 40 U.S. States. Her varied careers has included jobs as a stitcher in a costume shop, server, personal assistant, event planner and kombucha taproom manager, but through all that her favorite jobs have always been those that supported small businesses, local products, and incredible artisans.
When not developing new scripts and projects, Alex enjoys sampling the best craft breweries Colorado has to offer, hiking and camping in the Rocky Mountains, moonlighting as a guest writer on an arts, culture and feminism blog, as well as spending time with her fiancé and their two cats.