Invaluable lesson via Skype: ‘We should follow our passions, not where the money is’

Students learning about the importance of communities had an invaluable lesson recently because of a Skype video call with Blake Mycoskie, the creator of TOMS, which matches every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes for a child in need.

Cierra Holder, a sophomore at Lake Stevens High School in Washington state, writes in a guest post that the experience “gave our class a great view of what social-good companies are and how effective they can be. Blake talked to us about how we should follow our passions, not where the money is.”

Being able to “see someone so influential on the other end of our call was in itself a great adventure,” she writes. “Afterwards many of my classmates discussed how Blake seemed like a real guy. He didn’t seem like what many high school students imagine a CEO to be like; a man in a suit, sitting poised in a fancy office, with an arrogant attitude. Instead we got to meet a man who was very down to earth.”

Watch the video showing part of the exchange, and read Holder’s entire post on the Skype Social Good blog.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff