Featured Speaker – Carla Macklin, Founder, Alium Adaptive Apparel

Alium Adaptive Apparel Founder Carla Macklin grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Williams College where she completed an honors degree in Geoscience. After college, Carla moved to San Francisco to work in the environmental field doing dredged material management and soil and groundwater sampling.

During evenings over the course of several years, Carla honed her patternmaking and sewing skills at Apparel Arts, a fashion design program in SF.

Following a move back to Cleveland and the birth of two daughters, Carla founded a sewing pattern company, Clever Charlotte, where she was successful in creating products for large craft companies serving the home sewer.

While selling into the craft market ultimately proved disappointing, Carla looked for a way to use her sewing and design skills in a more meaningful way. After hearing stories from friends about the difficulties they faced caring for aging parents, Carla decided to start Alium Adaptive to address what she saw as a gap in the senior adaptive clothing marketplace. Armed with extensive industry research, she designs and sells adaptive clothing to accommodate the needs of the aging body.

Carla is an investor in numerous Ohio-based startup companies and hopes to leverage this experience growing her own company.

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