Blake Mycoskie – Social Entrepreneur; One of USA Today’s Five Best Communicators in the World; Author of NY Times Bestseller “Start Something That Matters”
Blake Mycoskie Keynote Topics:
- Conscious Capitalism and the Future of Business
- The New Social Entrepreneurism
Blake Mycoskie Biography:
TOMS founder, Blake Mycoskie rewrote the rules of for-profits and philanthropy by creating and following the “one for one” business model. As a social entrepreneur and enthusiastic speaker, Blake shows that using business to improve lives is the number one competitive advantage in today’s markets.
While visiting Argentina in 2006, Blake met some American women who were part of a volunteer organization that provided shoes for children in need. He spent several days traveling from village to village with the group, as well as on his own, witnessing the intense pockets of poverty just outside the bustling capital and the blisters, sores, and infections that came from being shoeless.
This experience sparked a desire and excitement to find a more sustainable way to help poor kids get the shoes they needed. His solution was simple yet revolutionary – create a for-profit business that was not reliant on donations. Blake’s vision soon evolved into the One for One business model, providing the powerful foundation for TOMS. To date, TOMS has given over 45 million pairs of new shoes to children in need.
Throughout the years Blake has started additional product/program lines including TOMS Eyewear to help restore sight to those in need with every purchase of sunglasses and optical frames; TOMS Roasting Co., a direct trade, premium coffee line which helps provide clean water to developing countries and communities in need; and TOMS Bag Collection, which focuses on safe births for mothers and babies through skilled birth attendant training and birth kits. As of this date, at least one-third of TOMS shoes are manufactured in the countries where it operates giving campaigns.
In 2014 Blake sold 50% of TOMs to Bain Capital, and is using 50% of the profits from the sale to fund other social entrepreneurs. He continues to act as Tom’s Chief Shoe Giver and focus on using business to make the world a better place.
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