Written by Tim Talley
Willimantic, Conn. - Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS Shoes, Inc., will wrap up the 2010-11 Arts and Lecture Series at Eastern Connecticut State University when he speaks at 7 p.m. on April 12 in the Betty R. Tipton Room. Mycoskie has revolutionized the way consumers shop by giving a new pair of shoes to less fortunate children around the world with every pair sold. Since 2006, TOM's one-for-one business model has encouraged conscientious consumers to purchase and donate more than one million pairs of new shoes to children in need.
Mycoskie is an entrepreneur who has created five businesses since college. His first was a successful national campus laundry service. His second start-up, Mycoskie Media, caught the attention of Clear Channel Media, which later bought out the company. Between business ventures, Mycoskie competed in the CBS primetime series, "The Amazing Race," with his sister, Paige.
In 2009, at the Clinton Global Initiative University plenary session, former President Clinton introduced Mycoskie to the audience as "one of the most interesting entrepreneurs (I've) ever met." People Magazine featured Mycoskie in its "Heroes Among Us" section, and TOMS Shoes was highlighted in the Time magazine article, "How to Fix Capitalism."
In addition to free admission to Eastern faculty, staff, and students, admission to the Arts and Lecture Series events is free to all middle school, high school and college students, who are encouraged to attend. Admission for the general public is $10 per ticket; tickets can be reserved by calling (860) 465-0036 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on the 2010-11 Arts and Lecture Series, visit www.easternct.edu//ecsu/arts_lecture/.