BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Blake Mycoskie, founder and "chief shoe-giver"
at TOMS, the popular shoe and eyewear company, and author of New
York Times' best seller "Start Something That Matters," will speak
November 15 at 8 p.m. in the University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena,
North Campus, as part of the 2012 UB Distinguished Speakers
In connection with his appearance the "Start Something That
Matters" Story Contest invites members of the Western New York
community to share stories of how they, like Mycoskie himself,
successfully started something that has had a positive impact on
the lives of others.
Contest sponsors are UB, Tony Walker & Co. (which sells
thousands of TOMS' shoes every year), WGRZ-TV, and Kiss 98.5 and
its morning host Janet Snyder.
To enter the contest or get more information, visit Facebook UBDSS and click
the "Story Contest" tile. Entries are being accepted through
November 7 and winners will be announced November 9.
The contest's grand prize winner will receive two VIP tickets
for the Mycoskie lecture, two passes to a private university
reception for Mycoskie, a photo opportunity with him, a pair of
TOMS' shoes, TOMS' eyewear and a $200 makeover from Tony Walker,
complete with a fashion consultation and hair cut from Chez Ann in
the Walker Center.
Second and third place prizes will also be awarded.
"Start Something That Matters," the UB Reads selection for 2012,
Mycoskie's story of social entrepreneurship, business success and
the One for One Program, that insures that for every pair of TOMS'
shoes or eyeglasses sold, TOMS will distribute a pair to children
in need somewhere in the world.
So far, more than a million pairs of shoes and eyeglasses have
Mycoskie is passionate about motivating everyone -- especially
young people -- to help remake capitalism and promote
socially-conscious businesses and consumers. To this end, he
encourages members of the public to include giving in everything
they do and to start something that matters, as he did with his
for-profit business that is sustainable and helps millions of those
in need while not relying on donations.
The UB Distinguished Speakers Series sponsors are the UB
Division of Student Affairs and the UB Center for Entrepreneurial
Leadership. Tickets are available through TicketMaster and the UB
Alumni Arena ticket office.
For more information on the speaker or tickets, please visit: Distinguished Speaker