SMC TOMS club interviews founder

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Nora Clougherty Members of the TOMS club at Saint Mary’s Skyped with TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie during his TED talk Thursday.The TOMS company, through its “One for One” model, donates a pair of shoes to the poor in third-world countries every time someone buys a pair of its shoes. When someone purchases TOMS eyewear, a part of the profit goes to help restore sight to those who are poor. A new addition to the One for One organization is TOMS tote bags. Every time one is sold, a new bag, along with a safe home birth kit, is given to a pregnant mother in need of one.“For a long time, TOMS just provided shoes,” Mycoskie said. “We now have factories in Haiti and Kenya. We try to continually stretch the boundary of our company to create jobs.”Martin Burt, the founder and CEO of Fundacion Paraguaya (FP), which receives and distributes donated shoes, also Skyped in with Mycoskie and the Saint Mary’s club.“We are using TOMS not as charity but as self-help,” he said. “It is self-help and self-reliance that gets people out of poverty.”Burt, who founded FP in 1985, works to provide education in entrepreneurship and microcredit to students in Paraguay. At the moment, he is creating schools specifically for rural youth who are chronically unemployed, as well as developing the “Poverty Stoplight,” which uses technology to help poor families understand their economic position and work to improve it.“Our bottom line is impact, not poverty,” he said. “We try to design ways to diminish poverty.”TOMS club president Nora Clougherty said it was rewarding to speak to both Mycoskie and Burt, whose foundation, as a TOMS giving partner, directly uses the shoes.“We were not only able to witness how the shoes are being put to use, but we also got to talk to someone who was directly impacting TOMS,” she said.In response to a question from the Saint Mary’s club, Mycoskie said the biggest challenge was just making the shoes while keeping one question in mind.“How do you preserve a culture of giving as you scale a big business?” he said.Mycoskie said another major obstacle was keeping in mind the purpose of TOMS creation.“The challenge was in keeping the whole organization excited and focused on why we do what we do,” Mycoskie said. “More important is the mindset that we’re changing.”Burt said a partial obstacle to eliminating poverty is that people sometimes forget that poverty exists.“It’s not that the poor are invisible — we do not see,” Burt said. “We can transform the world and end poverty in one generation just with the TOMS shoe example, but it is impossible for people to see the solutions that are right under our nose.”Burt said TOMS is a good model because it can be applied beyond just shoes.“This is about social innovation, taking what works in one industry and applying it to another industry,” he said.Clougherty said the conversation inspired the club to continue to spread its message.“My goal is to one day see everyone on campus wearing TOMS so that we can see the change a simple purchase can have,” she said.Another club member, Delaney Hunt, said talking to Mycoskie helped her to consider the service aspect of business.“Talking to somebody that has that reputation and is so well-known makes it more real,” she said. “It makes me believe in their mission even more — it makes it more personal. The business model itself is interesting in that you could apply it to anything. It gives me ideas on what you can do with a normal business major.”Club member Tori Wilbraham said Mycoskie’s talk was particularly impactful as she prepares to graduate.“He inspired me to follow my passions rather than pursue a career for money,” Wilbraham said.last_img read more

Night number two of season Saturday at Sunset Speedway Park

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageBANKS, Ore. – Sunset Speedway Park is ready to go for its second race of the season on Satur­day, April 25.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods will tackle the 1/4-mile clay oval for the first time in 2015.Along with the Northwest Extreme Late Model Series, other divisions making their way to the Banks Bullring include the street stocks, pure stocks and 4-bee’s.Pit gates open at 2 p.m., the front gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 6:30 p.m.last_img

Cricket News Bangladesh Cricket Board ropes in THESE two stars in their support staff

first_img New Delhi: Daniel Vettori and Charl Langeveldt have been appointed as the spin and fast bowling coach respectively by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday. Indian spinner Sunil Joshi, who was with the national team since 2017 August had called it a day after the end of ICC World Cup 2019, and Daniel Vettori is set to replace him. Langeveldt, on the other hand, replaced former Windies fast bowler Courtney Walsh, whose contract ended after the World Cup in England and Wales.Vettori will join the Bangla Tigers ahead of the tour of India, which is scheduled to get underway in the first week of November. The tour consists of three T20Is and a couple of Tests. Vettori has some experience in the coaching field. He was the coach of the Brisbane Heat for four years but decided not to renew his contract. He also coached the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Middlesex.It has also been learnt that Vettori will be with the team until the upcoming 2020 edition of the T20 World Cup in Australia as per reports in Cricbuzz. As far as Langeveldt is concerned, he played a fair bit of international cricket for South Africa, but was never been able to cement his place in the Proteas side. However, he was an absolute stalwart in their domestic cricket with over 800 wickets.Further, Steve Rhodes, who was their head coach in the World Cup, resigned from his position. For the time being, it’s not known who’ll take over the baton. Assistant coach Khaled Mahmud Sujon has been filling in for the ongoing three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, which the Tigers are currently trailing 1-0 after suffering a 91-run defeat in Colombo. It seems from a distance that the management is seeming to be waiting on Chandika Hathurusingha to throw his hat in the ring. Interestingly, Wasim Jaffer, the Indian domestic legend, is currently the batting mentor of the Bangladesh team. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Daniel Vettori is set to join Bangladesh team ahead of India tour. Vettori is reportedly to stay with the team until World Cup 2020. Langeveldt replaced former Windies fast bowler Courtney Walsh.center_img highlightslast_img read more