A Social Imperative
Nowhere has technology impacted cultures more than in the developing world. Young people now see themselves as members of a larger community. Their aspirations have risen faster than the ability of their economies and industries to support them.
Chick Boss was formed in 2010 by sisters Pat Pannell and Jeanne Sheridan to help bridge this generational and economic gap by providing training and job opportunities in the Northern state of Petén in Guatemala. We look for people with no prior experience. We know that anyone can be trained if they an eye for detail, an open mind and good work ethic.
We believe that no artisan should be paid anything less than a living wage for their services.
To further expand it’s social impact in Guatemala, Chick Boss donates 5% of world-wide sales to the Guatemalan United Way (Fondo Unido.) United Way (an international organization) is an umbrella charity whose funds are granted to deserving non-profit agencies providing programming in social services, early childhood education, and nutrition. The beauty of United Way is that their paid staff and volunteer board really vett the applying agencies. They make sure that donor funds will be used by agencies that are viable, accountable and focused on the most relevant of human needs.
Contributions to Fondo Unido are tax deductible for U.S. donors. We encourage our supporters to consider making direct contributions to this organization. Let’s Live United!
Innovation, Quality, Beauty
Co-founder Jeanne Sheridan, an accomplished artist and jewelry designer, challenged herself to design for production. She developed our initial training programs in cold connection metals and beading which are still used in all of our collections.
Guatemalan Industrial Designer, Marilyn Polanco, designed 4 collections for us from 2012 - 2015. She brings a very bold design aesthetic that is informed by current trends yet always one step beyond. Every piece in her collections is a wearable piece of art.
Our first real workshop was opened in 2014. With it came operational and quality control programs that have allowed us to produce our hand-made products in a safe, consistent, efficient and scalable manner.
Founder’s Personal Story
Pat Pannell ventured to the small town of San Andres in Northern Guatemala in the summer of 2001 for a 2 week Spanish immersion program. The easier pace of life combined with the generosity of the people lead her to venture back year after year.
On one of the visits she noticed that some of the 10 grandchildren of her hostess (and now dear friend) Lola, were not attending school because they could not afford the cost of books and uniforms. Her response was to promise to provide for all their educations from that point forward. They have since all finished high school, one has a bachelors degree in Social Work and now in a masters program. Two others are studying law and another is majoring in communications.
Pat earned an MBA and had a long career in Business Management and Accounting. On a visit to her Guatemalan family in 2009, she decided that she was ready to start her own business and to focus it on providing economic advancement for people from the region.
How we got our name
“Chick Boss” is a nickname Pat was given by a late friend Bob Brayden; an outwardly gruff but lovely man who used to work for her. He called her “CB” for years, before anyone figured out what it meant. But the name also fits with our intent to empower women to take charge of their lives, destiny and look.