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TOMS Shoe Founder to Deliver Ellsworth Lecture on Tuesday

Posted 04/05/2010
Submitted by Meagan Fazio
Category: Campus Announcements
Blake Mycoskie is the founder of TOMS Shoes.

Blake Mycoskie is the founder of TOMS Shoes.

Blake Mycoskie, the founder and "chief shoe giver" of TOMS Shoes, Inc., will discuss his unique business philosophy at the Barney School's annual Ellsworth Lecture on Tuesday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Lincoln Theater.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For tickets, visit the Lincoln Theater box office or call the box office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587.

Mycoskie founded TOMS Shoes with the promise that for every pair of shoes sold, he would give a pair to a child in need. In just three years, this business model resulted in more than 140,000 pairs of new shoes being donated to children around the world.

"Using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what we're all about," says Mycoskie. "The TOMS One-for-One business model transforms our customers into benefactors, which allows us to grow a truly sustainable business rather than depending on fundraising for support."

Many people became familiar with TOMS when Mycoskie starred in a commercial for AT&T. The commercial has received thousands of hits on YouTube.

Embodying the entrepreneurial spirit of a new generation, the 32-year-old Mycoskie has created five businesses since college. An avid reader and traveler, he lives on a sailboat in Los Angeles.

The Ellsworth Lecture program promotes an awareness of and an appreciation for the American business system. It was created in 1979 by Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. to honor its former chairman, the late John E. Ellsworth.

Blake Mycoskie is the founder of TOMS Shoes.

Blake Mycoskie is the founder of TOMS Shoes.