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Adam Braun: Ordinary Person, Extraordinary Change: How to Affect the Masses
April 5, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Life-changing circumstances caused Adam Braun to shift dramatically his Wall Street trajectory toward a humanitarian “profit for purpose” approach. Braun will share the story leading to his creation of Pencils of Promise whose mission is educating underprivileged children throughout the world.
Adam Braun is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founder of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning organization that has broken ground on more than 300 schools around the world. He also leads the Global Education Platform, an initiative conceived by the UN Special Envoy for Global Education to produce breakthroughs in learning innovation.
As a leader helping individuals, organizations, and companies drive transformation by identifying their true mission, he has been featured as a speaker at The White House, the United Nations and the Clinton Global Initiative. He has also been named to Business Insider’s 40 Under 40, Wired magazine‘s 50 People Who Are Changing the World, and was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s first 10 “Global Shapers.”
Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just sixteen years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling abroad he met a young boy begging on the streets of India. When Braun asked him what he wanted most in the world, he simply answered, “a pencil.”
This small request became the inspiration for Pencils of Promise, the organization Braun would leave Bain & Company several years later to launch. Using his unique “for-purpose” approach, he meshed for-profit business acumen with non-profit idealism and created a model now followed by a mission-driven generation.
Braun graduated from Brown University and is a highly sought after speaker at major conferences and Fortune 500 companies. He avidly engages with his social media following of over 500,000 people and in 2015 he received the nation’s most prestigious award for public service, the Jefferson Award.
His book The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to become a No. 1 national bestseller. In the words of Sir Richard Branson, “For anyone with a big dream to change the world, this book will show you how to get it done.”