Miami University’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship hosts Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS Shoes at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in Taylor Auditorium of the Farmer School of Business. The event is free and open to the public.
Mycoskie, known as the Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS Shoes, will speak about social entrepreneurship and creating conscientious consumers. TOMS Shoes gives a pair of new shoes to children in need around the world with every pair sold. The One for One business model enabled the donation of more than 140,000 pairs of new shoes in three years. By the end of 2009, TOMS gave an additional 500,000 pairs of new shoes to children in need around the world and in the U.S.
Mycoskie will relate his transformation from "typical business guy," motivated by just money and success, to the founder of TOMS Shoes, a company that advocates "doing good by doing well." For young people about to embark on careers, Mycoskie hopes to show that it is possible to achieve success without sacrificing one’s dreams, and to make a difference in the world – all at the same time. In exploring the elements that have contributed to the success of TOMS Shoes, Mycoskie will also show students a model of sustainable business practice. Mycoskie , 32, has created five businesses since his college days.
The event at Miami is sponsored by the Center for Social Entrepreneurship and four student groups: Edun Live on Campus, Green Oxford, UNICEF and AIESEC. For more information, contact Kathryn Mulligan at 529-1276 or email@example.com.