Anna Marie Troupe is a social entrepreneur, design and sustainability consultant, and mentor to design students in Bangladesh, as well as Regional Coordinator for the UK-based Society of Dyers and Colorists, the world's leading source for the advancement of color knowledge. Her connection to Bangladesh came through the Weaving Love Creating Hope fabric design competition created to support the Sirajganj weaving communities: her winning entry became the flagship pattern for GrameenCheck in 2011 and was made into clothing and home goods in Japan by Felissimo. In 2012, she received a full scholarship to to study sustainability in Global Textiles and Clothing at NCSU College of Textiles, and visited Dhaka in 2013 to consult with Muhammad Yunus on the plight of garment workers. She completed her MSc in 2014, secured initial research funding, and promptly relocated. ReadyTogether is the solution she hopes will build a strong bridge between industry and education to improve design and technical skills, sustainability know-how, and especially the working environment and opportunities for women. She also works closely with NCSU and AID on a fashion project in Jaipur, India that trains impoverished women to sew garments at home for extra income.