Liz Forkin Bohannon
Liz is the founder and CEO of Sseko Designs-Every sandal has a story.
Liz Forkin Bohannon graduated from the University of Missouri with a Master’s degree in Journalism. In 2008, she moved to Uganda to assist in the communications efforts for a youth development organization based in Kampala. While there, Liz started Sseko Designs, a not-just-for profit company that provides employment and entrepreneurial training to women in East Africa. She now splits her time between Uganda and Portland, Oregon, where she and her husband Ben run Sseko Designs. She is passionate about social justice, compassionate consumerism and believes that empowering women is a fundamental piece of working towards a more just and peaceful world.

“Inspired journey meets strategic thinking meets hilarious storytelling... Liz is the full package, and her accolades hardly prepared me for how amazing her art of presenting would be at Athena 2017. We positioned Liz as the kick-off speaker for a two day conference, and she set the tone with passion and inspiration immediately with an engaging, authentic story of how purpose is not found, but inside us. Our conference attendees have had nothing but glowing comments for her - it’s incredible to witness someone who can change the lives of so many in such a short period of time.”

Sara Close
The Athena Conference

In 2017, Liz was named by Forbes as one of the top speakers in the country: "Liz is known for her fun and dynamic speaking style and her personal stories about taking risks, building a brand with purpose, and striving for gender equality and social enterprise at universities, conferences, and gatherings across the globe."

Brian Rashid

"Liz Forkin is one of the greatest communicators we have ever hosted at Plywood Presents. She has a gift of making every person feel like family, while teaching us something that changes the way we see the world forever. She is not only and incredible speaker, but she is a living and breathing example of the change we need in the world today."

Jeff Shinabarger
Founder of Plywood People

We SO enjoyed having Liz speak at our inaugural leadership summit!! We had over 625 people in attendance—we surpassed our goal of 500 for the first year. Liz’s social entrepreneur story was the perfect complement to our other speakers. She is such a lively, dynamic, and engaging speaker— her story with Sseko Design was truly inspiring! She is a beautiful woman inside and out with an equally darling personality—several of us girls on staff even thought she had a really cool voice, too!

Thanks so much for being so easy to work with! It really made a huge difference as we planned this event for the first time.

Community Development Foundation