Apr 09
Clinton Presidential Center

A Conversation with Ian Rosenberger

Noon | Sturgis Hall | Clinton Presidential Center

Join us on Monday, April 9, for a special conversation with Ian Rosenberger, Founder and CEO of Thread International and Work, which he founded in 2010 in the wake of the Haiti earthquake. Work places the poor into jobs, and Thread takes trash from the poor neighborhoods and turns it into textiles. Both organizations work together under the same core philosophy: the biggest problem we face as a species is multidimensional poverty; to end it, we need to invest in the poor to create as many dignified, sustainable jobs as possible.  
A Conversation with Ian Rosenberger
In partnership with the Clinton School of Public Service
Monday, April 9, 2018 | Noon
Sturgis Hall | Clinton Presidential Center

To date, Work has engaged almost 500 Haitians, preparing them and their families for employment. Thread has saved nearly 40,000,000 plastic bottles from landfills and waterways and transformed them into high-performance materials and regular income for over 2000 Haitians. 

Ian started his career in television production, where he realized the power media can have to influence action. He worked as a producer for MTV before starting his first company, a short-form media production startup, which took him to Africa for the first time in 2006. It was there that a friend introduced him to a community in Zambia being destroyed by the AIDS epidemic and he realized he wanted to work with the poor. Thread has afforded him the opportunity to combine his interests into something that uses content, data, and brand to fight the global poverty epidemic.

Ian is an Unreasonable Fellow, and a 2013 University of Pittsburgh Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership Awardee. He is a 2013 Dignity and Respect Champion and a 2017 JVP Humanitarian. He has spoken about Thread and Team Tassy’s work for Harvard Business School, SXSW, TEDx, and One Young World, and his work has been featured in Fast Company, The Atlantic, and The Guardian. 

This program is FREE and open to the public, but reservations are required.