Lasting Impact: How TOM’s Shoes Got it Wrong (and How We Can Fix It)

Led by Village Capital’s Ross Baird
Wednesday, November 13th @ 2:00 p.m.

For a very long time, people thought that business and charity were separate--the role of business was to make as much money as possible, and the role of charity was to support the under-served. Recently, a rapidly-growing number of entrepreneurs have been building businesses that blend financial success with impact on social and environmental problems. Known broadly as "social entrepreneurship" and "impact investing," leaders building businesses for good are re-designing the role of business in society. TOM'S Shoes is commonly cited as an example of a success in this regard but in this seminar, Ross Baird, Executive Director of Village Capital and professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Batten School, will describe why Tom's Shoes gets it wrong--and what we can do to think about business in society in a way that creates lasting results.

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