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Warby Parker CEO to discuss social responsibility at GCU New York Town Hall event

11 November 2014

Neil Blumenthal, Warby Parker CEO

Neil Blumenthal, Warby Parker CEO

Neil Blumenthal, Co-founder and CEO of Warby Parker, will discuss how the company is revolutionising the eye-wear industry and helping transform the lives of people around the world who can’t afford glasses at GCU New York’s Fashion Sharing Progress Town Hall event on November 18.

Mr Blumenthal will discuss how he established Warby Parker to make spectacles more affordable and how its buy-a-pair, give-a-pair model ensures people in developing countries have access to life-changing glasses.

Said Mr Blumenthal: "Almost one billion people worldwide lack access to glasses, which means that 15% of the world’s population cannot effectively learn or work. To help address this problem, we partner with non-profit organisations to ensure that, for every pair of glasses purchased, a pair is distributed to someone in need."

Dirk Standen, Editor in Chief of Style.com, will moderate the event. He said: "A lot of companies talk about social responsibility these days, but with its buy-a-pair, give-a-pair model, Warby Parker actually puts its money where its mouth is."

Before launching Warby Parker in 2010, Mr Blumenthal was Director of VisionSpring, a non-profit social enterprise that trains low-income women to start their own businesses selling affordable glasses to people living on less than $4 per day in developing countries. In 2005, he was named a Fellow for Emerging Leaders in Public Service at NYU Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service, and, in 2012, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. In 2013, he received an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and was recognised as part of "The Next Establishment" by Vanity Fair and named one of Crain’s “40 Under Forty”. Mr Blumenthal serves on the board of RxArt and on the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council.

GCU New York’s Town Hall events allow academics, professionals, experts and students to collaborate to bring fresh perspectives to existing industry problems and help identify solutions.

The event runs from 6.30pm at GCU NY, 64 Wooster Street, rsvp gcunyc@bpcm.com.