CANCELLED: TOMS Founder to speak at Thomas Colloquium

Blake Mycoskie, TOMS

Blake Mycoskie, TOMS

This event has been cancelled.

Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS and New York Times best-selling author, is the featured speaker at Youngstown State University’s Paul J. and Marguerite K. Thomas Colloquium on Free Enterprise 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown.

During travels in Argentina for a television competition, Mycoskie became aware of the hardships faced by children without shoes. A serial entrepreneur, he founded TOMS, which centers on the One for One concept: For every pair of shoes sold, TOMS donates one pair to children in need. In 2011, Mycoskie added TOMS eyewear to the same business model, and the company has to saved or restored eyesight to more than 150,000 people in need.

When he released his first book, Start Something That Matters, Blake was already known to the public; he and his sister competed in CBS’ The Amazing Race, in which they finished third. The book became a New York Times bestseller, and his One for One business model has brought him numerous accolades.

Blake and TOMS received the Secretary of State’s 2009 Award of Corporate Excellence. At the Clinton Global Initiative University plenary session, President Clinton introduced Blake to the audience as “one of the most interesting entrepreneurs (I’ve) ever met.” People Magazine featured Blake in its “Heroes Among Us” section, and TOMS was featured in the Bill Gates Time Magazine article “How to Fix Capitalism.” In 2011 Blake was included on Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list, recognizing him as one of the top young businessmen in the world.

The Paul J. and Marguerite K. Thomas Colloquium on Free Enterprise, started in 1981 from an endowment established by the Thomases, is free and open to the public, but tickets are mandatory and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets can be picked up Monday through Friday, beginning Feb 17 until they run out, from the following locations:

  • The Information and PC Lab in Kilcawley Center on the YSU campus between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Stambaugh Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The Office of the Dean in the Williamson College of Business Administration on the YSU Campus, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

For more information, call the YSU Office of Alumni and Events at 330-941-3497.