‘Start Something That Matters’ Author Speaking at Southeast Nov. 12

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 28, 2013 – Blake Mycoskie will speak at Southeast Missouri State University as part of the University’s 2013-2014 Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Show Me Center.

The title of his presentation is “Start Something That Matters.”

Tickets are required for entry. General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.showmecenter.biz and the Show Me Center Box Office. Current Southeast faculty, staff and students can use a valid Redhawks ID to pick up a free ticket in the University Center Room 202, the Center for Student Involvement or the Show Me Center Box Office.

Mycoskie is the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, and the person behind the idea of One for One model, which has turned into a global movement. TOMS has given more than 10 million pairs of new shoes to children in need since it began in 2006. The company also recently expanded its unique business model to include TOMS Eyewear, helping to give sight to over 150,000 people around the world.

In the fall of 2011, Mycoskie released his first book, Start Something That Matters, offering his own amazing story of inspiration, and the power of incorporating giving in business. He references other companies and individuals who have been motivated and inspired to integrate philanthropy into their profession as well as their personal lives.

In 2009, Mycoskie and TOMS received the Secretary of State’s 2009 Award of Corporate Excellence (ACE). People magazine featured Mycoskie in its “Heroes Among Us” section, and TOMS was featured in the Bill Gates Time magazine article “How to Fix Capitalism.” In 2011, Mycoskie was named in Fortune magazine’s “40 Under 40” list, recognizing him as one of the top young businessmen in the world.