Blake Mycoskie, Founder of TOMS Shoes Speaks at JBU

Siloam Springs, Arkansas (February 15, 2011) — Blake Mycoskie, Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS Shoes spoke at John Brown University on Feb. 24. The event was part of Leadership Week sponsored by The Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics.

Former President Bill Clinton recently introduced Blake Mycoskie as “one of the most interesting entrepreneurs he has ever met,” and Bill Gates featured Blake and TOMS Shoes in his TIME Magazine article entitled “How to Fix Capitalism.”

TOMS Shoes is based on a revolutionary business model:  With every pair purchased, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. A model called One for One. Since Blake started the company in 2006, TOMS has given over one million pairs of shoes to children in need through their giving partners.

Sponsors for the visit include Saatchi & Saatchi X, The Soderquist Family Foundation, Arvest Bank, Del Monte Foods, Stout Executive Search, and Ghirardelli Chocolate.  

Leadership Week at John Brown University was created to challenge students and the community with new ideas about what it means to lead. Previous Leadership Week speakers include Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, Anne Beiler, founder of Aunti Anne’s, and Don Valencia, inventor of the Starbucks Frappuccino.