Excerpts from Blake Mycoskie’s acceptance remarks. December 2009
“So, well, you know, being recognized by the United States government like this is — it’s really surreal, at first, you know, because I mean, we started this in my apartment three-and-a-half years ago, and I mean, still, you know, we’re a really small organization in Southern California.”
“And so, when I heard that we were being recognized at this level, it really — it kind of blew me away. And I think the thing that it does for us, though, is it gives a lot of legitimacy to what we’re doing. And I think it also will inspire other young entrepreneurs to think about incorporating giving into their model. And hopefully this recognition will, you know, help get more people to know about TOMS, which will, therefore, allow us to sell and give more shoes away, both domestically and globally.”
“And so, I think that, you know, having this award is going to really springboard the awareness of what we’re doing to a whole different group of people that might not be aware of it.”
Also at the event, part of Harvard Chan’s Voices in Leadership series, Mycoskie received the School’s Next Generation Award, which honors a public health leader age 40 or under. Clinton, who received the inaugural award two years ago during Harvard Chan School’s Centennial Celebration, presented the award to Mycoskie.
In her remarks, Clinton outlined the history of the Clinton Foundation’s involvement in global health efforts, including combatting HIV/AIDS and childhood obesity. At the Foundation, Chelsea works alongside her parents, President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, focusing on improving global and domestic health, creating service opportunities, and empowering the next generation of leaders.
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