Building the Future in the Now: E-commerce|Hemp|Textiles|Sustainability


Thu Oct 14 2021 at 05:30 pm to 07:00 pm


The George Washington University School of Business | Washington, DC

Building the Future in the Now: E-commerce|Hemp|Textiles|Sustainability
Learn how to build an e-commerce business and how Anact is paving the way to reintroduce hemp textile manufacturing in the US and globally!
About this Event

Do you know that 40% of Internet users have bought products/goods online from an e-commerce business? Are you interested in understanding what it takes to build an e-commerce business with a focus on providing sustainable products and services? Shopping online used to be a convenience and a luxury. But with the world still reeling from the continued effects of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, shopping online has now become a necessity. Even more - shoppers are now being more cognizant of the types of products that they are purchasing. Namely, they’re looking for more sustainable products and often spending their money on brands that are advocating for a just cause.


On October 14, The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in partnership with the GW School of Business and Anact, presents the “Building the Future in the Now: E-commerce | Hemp | Textiles | Sustainability” Workshop Session featuring founder & CEO of Anact, Brianna Kilcullen (GWSB BBA ‘11). Anact is a sustainable towel company with products made out of hemp and organic cotton that’s better for all people and the planet. Don’t miss out on this engaging workshop where Brianna will discuss important aspects about how to build your e-commerce business, how to fund your business, and how Anact is paving the way to reintroduce hemp textile manufacturing in the United States and globally.

About Brianna Kilcullen (GWSB BBA ‘11), Founder & CEO, Anact

Brianna Kilcullen is the founder of Anact, a sustainability consultant and hemp hustler. Anact is short for “an act”. The simple act of taking action and creating a positive impact. Brianna’s simple act was to create a sustainable towel made out of hemp and organic cotton that is better for ALL people and the planet. In 2019, she helped legalize hemp in Florida while launching Anact.

Prior to starting Anact, she worked in the apparel industry for prAna, a subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear and Under Armour. She has traveled to over 40+ countries and has worked in factories on almost every continent. She was Under Armour’s first ever full-time sustainability employee based out of Baltimore, MD.

She graduated from The George Washington University International Business program and is an avid traveler and dual citizen in Ireland and the United States that welcomes conversations around the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, Africa and her favorite Chance the Rapper song (it’s ever evolving).


Anact is founded on the belief that we are all equal and are all deserving of a good life. This conviction flows through everything we do.

Our people-first philosophy has led us to challenge an industry ripe for positive change. Our founder, an industry veteran, has seen first-hand the ethical dilemmas that exist in the textile industry. By sharing these typically unknown realities and providing a positive solution, we create good for everyone.

What is our solution? Towels. Towels are a universal need. Together, we have the power to transform lives and entire industries with this one simple product.

Sustainability without the sacrifice. Our towels—the only product like them on the market—have the highest performance features and are made completely from the Earth’s natural resources. These clean and cozy towels are good for everyone—from the farmer to the garment worker to the baby who is swaddled in them after his or her bath. They are good for the planet, too.

How? By using the Earth’s resources to solve everyday problems, we create a better future for all. Your global impact score is included with every purchase, so you can see first-hand how you make a difference.

Anact. Better for all people and the planet.

Please note that this is an in-person event. Event participants may be required to wear masks or other PPEs depending on event space protocols.

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The George Washington University School of Business, 2201 G Street Northwest, Washington, United States

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