What if I told you the shoes and clothing that you no longer want don’t have to go to waste? What if those shoes could provide relief and create jobs? What if they could empower people to break the cycle of poverty? What if you could turn shoes and...
What if I told you the shoes and clothing that you no longer want don’t have to go to waste? What if those shoes could provide relief and create jobs? What if they could empower people to break the cycle of poverty? What if you could turn shoes and clothing into opportunity?
That is the work of Soles4Souls and of today’s guest, Buddy Teaster. Since 2006, Soles4Souls has distributed more than 51 million pairs of shoes to 127 countries and all 50 U.S. states. Not only do they donate shoes to those in need, but they also help people launch and sustain their own small business selling donated shoes and clothing.
Buddy is a passionate entrepreneur showing the world how social enterprise can be used to make the world a better place.
Since 2012, Buddy has been president and CEO of Soles4Souls, the largest not-for-profit shoe and apparel social enterprise in the US. He has helped rebuild the board, expand partnerships, and extend Soles4Souls’ global reach while doubling down on the mission of disrupting the cycle of poverty. Buddy was named to the National Retail Federation Foundation’s 2018 List of People Shaping Retail’s Future. Prior to Soles4Souls, he served as Chief Network Officer for the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), a non-profit organization committed to developing better leaders through education and idea exchange. His extensive speaking experience includes topics ranging from leadership and philanthropy to managing excess inventory and social enterprise. Buddy, a committed ultra-runner, has completed nearly seventy ultra-marathons. He and his wife Becca have been married since 1992 and have two delightful daughters and two semi-okay dogs.
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