Blake Mycoskie is the founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, the person behind the idea of One for One, which has turned into a global movement. TOMS has given more than 10 million pairs of new shoes to children in need since it began in 2006 and recently expanded its business model to include TOMS Eyewear, helping to give sight to more than 150,000 people around the world.
While traveling in Argentina in 2006, Mycoskie witnessed the hardships faced by children growing up without shoes. His solution to the problem was simple: to create a for-profit business that was sustainable and not reliant on donations.
In 2011, Mycoskie released his first book, the New York Times bestseller, “Start Something That Matters,” in which he shares his own amazing story of inspiration and the power of incorporating giving in business.
Mycoskie and TOMS received the Secretary of State’s 2009 Award of Corporate Excellence. People magazine featured Mycoskie in its “Heroes Among Us” section, and TOMS Shoes was featured in the Bill Gates Time magazine article “How to Fix Capitalism.” Mycoskie was named on Fortune magazine’s “40 Under 40” list, recognizing him as one of the top young businessmen in the world.