TEAM

Savannah Byers is a junior at UW-Madison, pursuing Marketing and Graphic Design at UW Madison and is very passionate about the creative aspects that come with marketing and running a business like, The Artisan Collective. She has been in The Artisan Collective since spring semester of her freshman year and has loved being a part of this organization because of the rewarding, hands on experience it provides as the team runs a business that makes a social impact. She was formerly on the Marketing Team, where she helped run the social media accounts and attended various fair trade sales. Now as a Co-Director, Savannah has been helping with the rebranding of the organization from Wisconsin Without Borders Marketplace to The Artisan Collective and has been working on various projects with the goal of driving sales and creating a fun and fulfilling experience for all members during the school year.
Taylor Eilers is a senior at UW-Madison, pursuing a BBA in Operations Technology Management, International Business and Supply Chain Management and Slavic Studies. Besides The Artisan Collective, Taylor is also a member of Multicultural Business Student Association, and Rotaract. As newly appointed Co-Director, Taylor is looking forward to using her education, past learning experiences and role as co-director to support this organization’s membership involvement, inventory management, and website sales fulfillment process.

Janet Niewold is the founder and advisor for The Artisan Collective. She led UW-Madison’s global health field course Microenterprise and Wellbeing in Ecuador for four years and was a key partner in UW’s 4W initiative on women and microenterprise through the School of Human Ecology. Janet has an MA in Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies from UW-Madison. She operated her own small business buying and selling artisan work from Latin America for 20 years before bringing her expertise to UW-Madison. Janet has two young adult kids and lives with her husband on a little farm near Madison.

Giulia Palermo is a Junior at UW-Madison, pursuing a BS in Fashion and Textile design as well as certificates in Entrepreneurship and Gender and Women Studies. Giulia was recently appointed Creative Director and Designer of the Artisan Collective. She collaborates and communicates directly with our partnered artisans in Ecuador, Mexico and Nepal, working to create new designs for our yearly collections. Giulia also curates each collection, wanting to bring out the true talent found only in our unique artisans. She has been the sole force of The Artisan Collective rebrand in charge of designing business and info cards, table displays, creating social media content and web design platforms, photography, and team merchandise. Giulia is dedicated to merging global artisanal talent, and student collaboration in order to create a stylish and modern sustainable enterprise.
Hannah Wuerfel is a Senior studying International Business, Marketing, Management, and Human Resources. Working with The Artisan Collective she serves as the Marketing Team Director, helping to promote and facilitate sales, and market the organization to new students. She is looking forward to implementing and initiating digital and social media marketing to promote our online sales and all the amazing work our student org is doing!