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TOMS Shoe Founder Blake Mycoskie to Discuss Entrepreneurism and Philanthropy

Posted 04/06/2010
Posted by Meagan Fazio

Blake Mycoskie, the founder and "chief shoe giver" of TOMS Shoes, Inc., will discuss his unique business philosophy at the University of Hartford. Mycoskie's talk, which is part of the University's and its Barney School of Business's annual Ellsworth Lecture Series, will take place on Tuesday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For tickets, call 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587 or visit the University box office at

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 Series 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.