-- Margaret Mead
Life is a highway, and I am indeed riding it all day long. From family and work to activities and volunteer commitments, downtime is rare. Yet within that fast pace comes the energy and ideas to combine my corporate tech experience in diversity, culture and recruitment with the ambition to create a brand of volunteerism that can impact the lives and futures of women in need. My virtual and in-person social networks contribute to building important relationships with our 28 Days distribution partners. “Do what you love, love what you do.” The rest really does follow.
Brainstorming is my hobby! Best ideas come during a morning run, commuting to work, or cooking dinner. I’m inspired by my friends, family, and those who seek to take risks and make change. My career path led me to work at some of the most innovative companies (Yahoo, Real Simple, Gilt Groupe, Amazon) with amazingly talented people. It’s those experiences and the skills I learned along the way that give me the confidence to turn an idea and funnel my passions into 28 Days.
What does a 40-something man know about the struggles women go through as a result of their menstrual cycle? Absolutely nothing, of course. That was until I got involved in the 28 Days Project. What began with a request for some help from two of the most special women I know (my wife and my sister-in-law) turned into a passion for a cause that I never knew I had. My 20+ years of being an investment banking financial professional never prepared me for what it would be like working with an early-stage non-profit. It has been a wonderful ride so far and I wouldn't change it for the world. I am inspired and humbled on a daily basis to be associated with 28 Days and the three amazing women behind it. While I am proud of what we have accomplished so far as an organization, I am even more excited for what we are going to do achieve in the future. With this team, the sky is the limit.
A tenacious problem-solver with a sensational sense of humor, I left retail to pursue new challenges in tech so I could leave a kinder, more-community-focused footprint on the world. Menstruation has enough issues without being compounded by the lack of access to feminine protection. I am thrilled to be a part of the 28 Days project because it helps women and girls be able to focus on what they want to do, not on their dot.
Ancient Egyptians used papyrus as tampons; ancient Greeks wrapped wood in lint.
And until a donation from KidsCan, underprivleged school girls in New Zealand used newspaper and old phone books because they can't afford feminine protection.