TOMS Shoes Founder and Chief Shoe-Giver Blake Mycoskie to speak at Tulane University

March 2, 2010

Keith Brannon
Phone: 504-862-8789

 Blake Mycoskie, founder and chief shoe-giver of TOMS Shoes, will speak at Tulane University at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 9, in the Kendall Cram Auditorium of the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life.

Mycoskie's lecture, "Conscious Capitalism: Why Giving Just Makes Sense," is part of Tulane’s NewDay Social Entrepreneurship Distinguished Speakers Series, a year-long effort to bring in leaders from across the field of social entrepreneurship to share their experiences, challenges, insights, thoughts and recommendations to students and the community. The event is free and open to the public.

Former President Bill Clinton has called Mycoskie “one of the most interesting entrepreneurs (I’ve) ever met.”
TOMS Shoes was founded almost four years ago on a simple premise: With every pair of shoes sold, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. The "One for One" philosophy uses the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good.

Mycoskie has encouraged conscientious consumers to purchase and give more than 140,000 pairs of new shoes to children in need in just three years. By the end of 2009, TOMS will give an additional 300,000 pairs of new shoes to children in need all around the world, including at home in the United States.

Before Mycoskie's lecture, Tulane will host a social innovation networking event co-sponsored by the Center for Public Service on the second floor of the Lavin-Bernick Center from 3 pm to 5pm.

"Get inspired and get your networking skills going by learning about how local organizations are innovatively tackling pressing social issues and how you can get involved in lots of fun and creative ways," says Stephanie Barksdale, manager of Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives at Tulane.

The NewDay Social Entrepreneurship Distinguished Speakers Series is part of Tulane University's Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives, which include the NewDay Challenge, a social venture competition for Tulane students, and the AshokaU Changemaker Campus Initiative, a student led partnership with Ashoka to organize events that support social innovation and entrepreneurship on campus.
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