Andrea Kramer is an artist and women’s rights activist. Her one-of-a-kind, handmade jewelry is inspired by her personal crusade to empower women and promote gender equality.
While traveling in Africa and Asia, Andie saw unique jewelry and fabrics worn by locals for special occasions. Inspired by the personal yet bold statement of these celebratory decorations, she began combining unexpected materials—bone, horn, glass, wood, vintage Lucite, rhinestones and clay—creating unusually bold accessories. Each piece features an Andie K charm and printed story revealing the unique origin of its beads.
Driven by more than an artistic vision, Andie seeks out women artists and Fair Trade producers. Many programs teach women how to make beads to support their families. These Fair Trade projects, like Bead For Life, a paper bead producer in Uganda, provide unemployed and uneducated women with a living wage vital to domestic safety. In a factory outside Nairobi, Kenya, she saw Kazuri beads made by women for a fair wage, daycare services, and access to medical care.
Andie K contributes to charities that benefit women and children.
Andie Kramer is a partner in the international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, which was just listed as one of the “10 Best Big Law Firms for Female Attorneys.”
Andie is head of the firm’s Financial Products, Trading and Derivatives Group, and is the founding chair of the firm’s Gender Diversity Committee, currently serving as its co-chair. She has served on both her firm’s Management Committee and Compensation Committee. In these roles, she became deeply concerned about the disparities in the pace and extent of women’s and men’s career achievements.
Andie’s extensive research, astute observations, and pragmatic voice have made her a nationally recognized advocate for women’s advancement and an authority on gender communication.
Andie has helped thousands of women navigate both the obvious and subtle gender biases they encounter in all career settings.
Andie often works in partnership with her husband and former law partner, Al Harris. Together they've collaborated on more than 30 articles, and work together to promote gender equality in the workplace. Visit their website to learn more about their work.