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

Deontay Wilder ‘very interested’ in Anthony Joshua fight— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) December 2, 2018He added: “If everything is in the paper, I have no desire to discuss anything and let him go fight who he wants.”Join DAZN and watch Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding on Dec. 15Both Wilder (40-0-1) and Joshua (22-0) remain undefeated, the latter having beaten Alexander Povetkin in his last Wembley bout in September. Join DAZN and watch Canelo plus more than 100 fight nights a yearFury and his team have consequently called for a rematch, yet Wilder appears to be again showing interest in facing Joshua.The 29-year-old Joshua holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts and has a Wembley date booked for April against an opponent yet to be named, with lengthy public negotiations failing between he and Wilder previously.And Finkel established that the American’s camp would require talks to be more discreet this time.”We’re very interested in the fight [with Joshua],” Finkel told Sky Sports. “If he wants to be professional and keep it in a private discussion, I’m open to it.” Deontay Wilder is “very interested” in facing Anthony Joshua in a heavyweight unification fight after retaining his WBC belt courtesy of a contentious draw against Tyson Fury, Wilder’s co-manager, Shelly Finkel, says.Wilder twice knocked down Fury, but otherwise struggled against the Briton, who believed he should have won and was outraged with the judges’ controversial failure to separate the pair.last_img read more

NFL Week 12 upset picks: Underdogs with good odds to beat the spread

first_imgAs is often the case in these scenarios, it’s not that an underdog is ultra-attractive against the NFL odds, rather a combination of what an underdog offers as strengths and understanding how that plays into the potential weaknesses of the favorite.That is precisely the recipe for all three of our selections, so let’s have at it.MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting advice at Sportsbook ReviewOakland Raiders vs. New York JetsSunday, Nov. 24, 1 p.m. ET (CBS) at MetLife StadiumRemember at the start of the season when the Jets were thought to have a shot at .500? Since becoming Miami’s first victim of 2019, that seems to be the wake-call Gang Green needed and they defeated fellow teams in their class in the Giants and Washington.Sam Darnold has caught up from the time he was out and he’s no longer seeing “ghosts” as his comfort level with the offense has increased immensely. The Flyboys run defense has been stout all year, but it’s gone next level in permitting just 51.3 yards a contest in last three outings and is now No. 1 in the league.Oakland won all three consecutive home games and is a legit playoff contender as we head into the last segment of the regular season. The Raiders are not beating themselves, which they have mostly done over the last 25 years, thanks to John Gruden. However, this is not a finished product and Oakland has still given up 25 points a game and has offensive droughts like a basketball team.Game 11 is where the pressure starts to mount for the Raiders and they are not used to it. The Jets, there is no pressure and with certain New Yorker’s back in love with their team and Oakland 1-9 ATS off a home win, the team in green is a treacherous foe.NFL pick: Jets +3 (-110)New York Giants vs. Chicago BearsSunday, Nov. 24, 1 p.m. ET (FOX) at Soldier FieldIn Chicago, Mitchell Trubisky has taken over for Jay Cutler and Al Capone as – Public Enemy No. 1. While Capone was a gangster and Cutler a bit of hipster, Trubisky reported, by the Bears, had a bad hip which prevented him from finishing the loss to the Rams.Injured or not, Chicago’s top pick from 2017 draft is playing bad football and the offense is less fun to watch than the SNL skit about Bears fans, who loved “Da Bears” and “Coach Dika” (silent ‘t’).This is why the New York Giants are garnering attention even if there rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is turning the ball over too frequently. The Bears’ defense is still very good, but if the Giants would stick with the running game and find more ways to get the pigskin in the hands of Saquon Barkley, they would enhance their chances of a win.Big Blue’s defense ranks only 27th in yards allowed, however, if they can prevent big plays and force shaky kicker Eddy Pineiro to keep making field goals, they’ll have a chance since the G-Men are 8-3 ATS as road underdogs.NFL pick: Giants +6.5 (-110)Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia EaglesSunday, Nov. 24, 1 p.m. ET (FOX) at Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia played a game against New England that perfectly exemplified why they are 5-5 this season. The Eagles jumped to a quick 10-0 lead on the Patriots and were in a position to add on, but a turnover, followed by the offense going stone-cold, changed the game. The Philly defense left Tom Brady so depressed after the game you would have thought the Pats lost. Coach Doug Pederson’s team has turned into like a baseball pitcher who has great stuff and will have six or seven strong innings. But it’s always that one inning, where the concentration lapses and he gives up just enough runs for his team to avoid winning.That description fits the Eagles and Carson Wentz as they host 8-2 Seattle. If the Seahawks start playing defense as they did against San Francisco, the 49er’s one-game lead in the NFC West is far from safe and New Orleans, Green Bay and Minnesota will have to maintain or surpass their level of play.Wentz can be rattled, while Russell Wilson is unflappable. Wilson will exploit Philly’s secondary and utilize the power running game and the Seahawks will better 9-2 ATS record as an underdog.NFL pick: Seahawks +2 (-110) This is the last week of byes and that is good, as that will provide far more opportunities to uncover underdogs for NFL picks.With only two of our 14 listed games with spreads of a touchdown or higher, there should be ample “live dog” potential this week.last_img read more