Gizem Şalcıgil White
, aka the Turkish Coffee Lady, Gizem Şalcıgil White, is a Turkish American mother entrepreneur with a unique mission: to create a global community of explorers and coffee lovers. Gizem Şalcıgil White
has been a goodwill ambassador for Turkish coffee culture since 2009 and is the founder of the award-winning non-profit Turkish Coffee Truck
initiative. She has been working voluntarily to promote Turkish coffee culture in the U.S. and abroad for the past 10 years. With the support from a dedicated volunteer team, the Turkish Coffee Truck initiative has been bridging cultures through coffee conversations since 2012.
Through this cultural diplomacy initiative, more than 20,000 people in the U.S. and Europe was exposed to Turkish coffee for the first time. Gizem's
one-of-a-kind cultural diplomacy project made the headlines of major international publications including The Washington Post
, Washingtonian, PRI/BBC and her fans started calling her the "Turkish Coffee Lady". In May 2012, the Turkish Coffee Lady was honored by the U.S. Congress for fostering friendship between the Turkish and American peoples through their shared love of coffee. In 2015, she was honored as the one of the "Top Young Outstanding persons of Turkey" by JCI. Turk of America magazine also awarded her as one of "40 Under 40 – The Most Influential Turkish American" in March 2016.
In 2017, she started the first and only authentic Turkish coffee chain in the U.S. with the support of her partners and her dedicated team. Turkish Coffee Lady's main mission is to build friendships one coffee at a time and empower other women entrepreneurs.