Board of Inspiration

We pay tribute to these pioneers because we are in awe of their social entrepreneurship and consider the guidance we have received from their books, blogs, websites and personal stories to be our most valuable source of knowledge and inspiration. 

Blake Mycoskie / TOMS 

Blake Mycoskie is the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS Shoes, the man behind the One for One movement and the author of the #1 NY Times bestseller "Start Something That Matters." To date, TOMS has given over ten million pairs of new shoes to children in need around the world. Blake has always had an entrepreneurial spirit; his first of five business ventures since college was a successful national campus laundry service, which he later sold. Between startups, Blake competed in the CBS primetime series, "The Amazing Race" with his sister, Paige. While traveling the world he witnessed the hardships facing children in Argentina growing up barefoot and he felt a need to help. The One for One movement was born. Learn more about making everyday choices that improve the lives of children: http://www.toms.com/our-movement/

 

Scott Harrison / Charity: Water

In 2004, Scott served as a photojournalist for Mercy Ships in Liberia, West Africa, where he learned the life-threatening effects of contaminated water. Upon moving back to his home town of New York City in 2006, he founded Charity: Water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.100% of all public donations fund water projects and Charity Water proves every single dollar with photos and gps coordinates on a map. For Scott, "Charity is practical. Its sometimes easy, more often inconvenient, but always necessary. It's the ability to use one's position of influence, relative wealth and power to affect lives for the better.' Dive into Scott's story: http://www.charitywater.org/about/scotts_story.php

 

Lauren Bush / FEED 

Lauren is the Co-Founder and Chief FEEDer of FEED Projects, as well as the Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of the FEED Foundation. Lauren started her work as an Honorary Spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP) in 2004, when she helped to launch their Universities Fighting Hunger Initiative. Inspired by her work and travels, she conceptualized and designed the initial FEED 1 bag, which feeds one child in school for one year through WFP, as a way for consumers to give back in a tangible and meaningful way. To date, through the sale of eco-friendly products, FEED Projects has donated over $6 million dollars to the WFP’s school feeding program, which equates to over 60 million meals to school children. Learn more about Lauren's mission to create good products that FEED the world: http://www.feedprojects.com/our-mission

Tony Hsieh / Zappos

In 1999 at the age of 24, Tony Hsieh sold LinkExchange, the company he co-founded, to Microsoft for $265 million. He then joined Zappos as an advisor and investor and eventually became CEO, where he helped them grow from almost no sales to over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually, while simultaneously making Fortune Magazine's annual Best Companies to Work For List. In November 2009, Zappos.com Inc. was acquired by Amazon.com in a deal valued at $1.2 billion on the day of closing. Under Tony's leadership, Zappos has grown merchandise sales to these grand proportions by focusing relentlessly on customer service. Tony's first book, "Delivering Happiness" topped the NY Times bestseller list self described as a blend of business sense, scientific sense and human sense. Please take some time to "Nudge the world to a happier place" by visiting: http://www.deliveringhappiness.com/