Philanthropist who founded the non-profit organization Pencils of Promise
Adam Braun Speech Video:
Adam Braun Topics:
- How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change
- For-Profit, For-Purpose: New Currency In A Borderless World
- From Sign Language To Social Media: What The U.S. Education System Can Learn From The Developing World
- Venture Philanthropy & Impact Investing
Adam Braun Biography:
Adam Braun is the Founder of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning nonprofit organization that has broken ground on over 200 schools around the world and in 2013 was recognized at the United Nations as the Empact Showcase’s “Education Organization of the Year.” In 2012, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List and Wired Magazine’s “50 People Who Are Changing the World.”
He is a graduate of Brown University and a frequent speaker at conferences, colleges and Fortune 1000 companies. Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just sixteen years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career.
He started his college career as a Division 1 basketball player, but while traveling abroad he met a young boy begging on the streets of India. When Braun asked the boy what he wanted most in the world, he simply answered, “a pencil.” This small request became the inspiration for Pencils of Promise, the organization Braun would leave a prestigious job at Bain & Company to start with just $25 on his twenty-fifth birthday.
Using his unique “for-purpose” approach, he meshed nonprofit idealism with for-profit business acumen and in doing so built a leading organization in the global education space, proving that anyone can start a movement that matters. He avidly engages with his social media following of over 500,000 people, has backpacked through more than fifty countries and currently resides in New York City. His book The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change is available in bookstores nationwide.
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