Named Forbes 30 Under 30 Fellows and White House Champions of Change, Sword & Plough co-founders and sisters Emily Núñez Cavness and Betsy Núñez have captured the world through their socially conscious company, Sword & Plough.
Motivated to strengthen civil-military understanding, empower veteran employment, and reduce waste, Emily and Betsy founded Sword & Plough in their early twenties. Sword & Plough is a veteran-owned, socially conscious fashion company that repurposes thousands of pounds of military surplus. Sword & Plough combines these durable materials with other military grade fabrics, and incorporates them into stylish bag and accessory designs. Sword & Plough works with U.S. manufacturers that are owned or partially operated by veterans and donates 10% of profits to veteran initiatives. Business Insider named Sword & Plough one of the Top 20 Most Inspiring Companies of 2014 and one of the 50 Coolest New Businesses in America in 2015. The social enterprise has been featured in over 200 media outlets including Good Morning America, the Today Show, Fox & Friends, Esquire, Oprah Magazine, PBS, Martha Stewart and Bloomberg Businessweek.
During her military service, Emily graduated from Airborne School, served in the 4th Engineer Battalion, deployed to Afghanistan, was the first female intelligence officer to serve in 10th Special Forces Group, and was one of the first 100 women to try out for the U.S. Army’s Ranger Training Assessment Course.
Emily & Betsy are sought after motivational and inspirational speakers whose talks have been heard by over a ¼ million people. On stage, they draw on their unique entrepreneurial and military leadership experiences to inspire, inform, and empower diverse audiences. Their expertise is sought after by Fortune 500 companies, as well as educational, government, and community organizations. Recent engagements include speaking at Oprah Magazine, Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, Middlebury College, Texas Women’s Conference, The Mission Continues, Got Your 6, World Innovation Forum, Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit, and Student Veterans of America.