For release: October 19, 2010
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
Blake Mycoskie, founder and chief shoegiver of TOMS, will visit the campus of the
University of Memphis to share his vision of achieving success while making a difference
in the lives of others. He will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the University
Center Ballroom. The talk is free and open to the public.
In his lecture, “The New Rules for Tomorrow’s Business: A Student’s Guide to Making
a Difference in the World,” Mycoskie will relate his transformation from “typical
business guy” motivated by money and success to the founder of TOMS, a company that
advocates “doing good by doing well.”
For young people about to enter the real world, Mycoskie will show that it is possible
to go your own way, to achieve success without sacrificing your dreams, and to make
a difference in the world – all at the same time.
Mycoskie founded TOMS in 2006 on a simple premise: with every pair of shoes sold,
TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. Since its inception, TOMS has
donated more than a million pairs of shoes to children by way of customers’ purchases.
Mycoskie’s talk is sponsored by the Honors Student Council, Student Event Allocation,
and Phi Kappa Phi honor society.
Paid parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage adjacent to the University Center.
For more information, contact the Helen Hardin Honors Program at 901-678-2690.