MARGARET MOOSE SWALLOW (1971)

   

Margaret been passionate about achieving great things throughout her life, whether as a Flag Team member at Blair, an award-winning Campus leader at the University of Maryland, or as an executive with Procter and Gamble. But it is her work enhancing the lives of women in the coffee industry around the world that will be her lasting legacy and her contribution to Blair’s culture of helping others.

Growing up in a family of nine children (eight of whom graduated from Blair) pretty much assured Margaret of two things—lots of Blazer tradition and the ability to fight for what she wanted. She always treasured her Blair years as ones that were filled with adventure and learning, yet at the same time she was looking ahead to things she could accomplish in the world beyond Blair. A student
leader on campus at Maryland, Margaret was a member and President of the Mortar Board Honor Society and active in many other student organizations. Margaret was recognized for her outstanding contributions to campus as the recipient of the Byrd Award.

She eventually started a long career with Procter and Gamble, where her work in their coffee division exposed her to the worldwide coffee industry. Margaret saw what she believed to be great injustices in the industry as they related to amount of the work in the industry that is performed by women vs. the percentage of the income from coffee that goes to those women. She became instrumental
in changing that environment as a co-founder of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance, which is dedicated to “empowering women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives; and to encourage and recognizethe participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry.” Margaret has truly been a leader in the “business” of giving.