Alexis Cook is a passionate individual with a drive to create a more equitable world through increased opportunity and empowerment. The Co-Founder and Co-President of Unlocked, Alexis was an Ingram Scholar at Vanderbilt University, where she graduated in 2018 with a bachelor’s in Human and Organizational Development and a minor in Economics. Prior to studying at Vanderbilt, Alexis spent a year working at five different non-profit internships in five different countries, learning more about poverty through the eyes of those experiencing it. Alexis is focused on using her leadership to elevate the voices of the marginalized, creating pathways for sustainable change.
Unlocked is an ethical jewelry brand that creates lasting impact by empowering women out of homelessness. By employing Makers to handcraft jewelry, Unlocked disrupts the experience of homelessness and creates the wages necessary to address immediate needs, build a foundation for success, and work towards a brighter future. Recognizing that employment is most impactful when paired with holistic resources, Unlocked partners with local organizations to facilitate Pathways, their 6-month program that provides Unlocked Makers with housing, financial training, career counseling, mental health therapy, and more. Together, Unlocked’s employment opportunities and Pathways Program empower Makers to transition into a stable career and permanent housing.