Conference Keynote: Kelsey Timmerman

Parker Townley October 3, 2012

Fueled by passion and curiosity, Kelsey Timmerman tells the story of the items we often take for granted. A freelance writer who covers global social issues, Timmerman is the author of Where Am I Wearing?: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes. This October, he will be the featured Keynote Speaker at the Fair Trade Campaigns Conference, taking place in Chicago on the weekend of Oct. 26-28. Find out more about Kelsey and what he has done to raise awareness about the effects of globalization, and make sure to register for the Fair Trade Campaigns Conference here to watch him speak!


From garment factories in Cambodia to banana plantations in Costa Rica, Kelsey Timmerman is dedicated to addressing global issues through storytelling. By traveling the world and telling the stories of the people he meets, Timmerman is able to educate his readers and initiate dialogue about how to improve our world economy.

In his first book, Where Am I Wearing? (2nd Edition to be published April 2012, Wiley), he traveled the world to find out where his clothes came from. Visiting garment factories in Asia and Latin America, he shared the stories of the people who make our clothes. From a 20-something t-shirt maker in Honduras to a single mother of two in Bangladesh, Timmerman humanizes the issues of globalization and provokes readers to check their tags and think about where their clothing came from.

An acclaimed public speaker, Timmerman has lectured on travel and globalization across the country. He is particularly passionate about educating students, and encourages them to think globally and act locally. He is a frequent keynote speaker at universities, high schools, and conferences.

His next book, Where Am I Eating?, will be published by Wiley in 2013. He just returned from traveling around the world picking bananas and chocolate, catching lobster, and working on coffee plantations.


Learn up and read his book before the conference! Find out where you can purchase Kelsey’s Where Am I Wearing? here.

Interested in having Kelsey Timmerman speak to your group?  Contact Dana ( at Kaye Publicity


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Parker Townley, National Organizer | Fair Trade Colleges & Universities

Parker Townley works for Fair Trade Colleges and Universities to help connect students and faculty with the resources they need to effectively campaign for Fair Trade on campus. In his free time Parker explores the Sierra Nevadas with his trusty backpack, roams the Bay Area in search of the perfect cup of coffee, and cultivates a small veggie garden.