After an eye emergency in Madagascar that literally changed his vision on life, Bart dedicated his life to improving the wellbeing of people by investing in leadership on a global scale. He is the co-founder of Groundwork Opportunities (GO), a nonprofit that began with a $1,000 investment and raised millions of dollars for local leaders implementing innovative solutions to craft a better and more just world. GO invests in leaders who are alleviating poverty in their communities.
Bart also co-founded Start Something Good, a design thinking workshop focused toward starting social impact opportunities in life, and Button It Up Events, a boutique events planning company specializing in the production of corporate, social, and nonprofit events.
Before becoming a social entrepreneur, Bart earned a BA in Finance at the University of Illinois and then worked 8 years as a management consultant at Accenture and Slalom Consulting. He worked with senior leadership at 10+ Fortune 500 companies in both the USA and Europe. He has traveled to over 100 countries and in 2014, and Dell honored him as one of the 25 World Change-makers alongside Lauren Bush, Edward Norton, and Adam Braun.
During the ShaperTalk, Bart shared highlights about some of the major successes and epic failures involved with investing in tomorrow's global change-makers today.