Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

TOMS Shoes and New Models of Philanthropy

Thu, May 5, 2011 | Bass Lecture Hall (LBJ School)

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

TOMS Shoes and New Models of Philanthropy

RSVP is required to attend this event.  A light lunch will be provided.

Presented by: Jessica Shortall, Director of Giving, TOMS Shoes

Jessica will discuss her role at TOMS, share advice for building a career in the nonprofit sector, and discuss emerging trends in raising and allocating resources for good causes in a mission-centered way.

About Jessica Shortall

Before joining TOMS Shoes as its first Director of Giving, Jessica worked in the U.K. and U.S. as a strategy consultant to a variety of businesses, non-profits, and NGOs blending social impact and enterprise tactics. She co-founded, co-directed, and grew The Campus Kitchens Project (CKP), a U.S.-based non-profit venture, from a single pilot to a branched model, and then to multiple franchises nationwide. CKP franchises provide culinary job training for unemployed adults and utilize “rescued” food from farms, restaurants, and supermarkets to provide hundreds of thousands of nutritional meals to community non-profits and low-income senior citizens.

Jessica started her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan, where she opened an English resource center, ran empowerment-themed programs for teenage girls, taught English at a small school, and developed a primary English curriculum. She has a B.A. in Art History from Wake Forest University and an M.B.A. as a Skoll Scholar from Oxford’s Said Business School. While an undergrad student, Jessica studied in Venice, Italy and was one of ten City of Joy Scholars selected to volunteer for Mother Theresa's programs in Calcutta, India.

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