Well-Known Philanthropist, and Founder & CEO of FEED
Lauren Bush Lauren is the Founder and CEO of FEED, a social business whose mission is to “Create Good Products That Help FEED the World.” In 2004, Lauren became the Honorary Student Spokesperson for the UN World Food Program. In that role, she traveled to various countries and learned about the issues of hunger and poverty firsthand. Coming back to America, Lauren was inspired to create a consumer product that would engage people in the seemingly overwhelming fight to end world hunger. In 2005, she conceptualized the idea for FEED by designing the initial FEED 1 bag which, when purchased, feeds one child in school for one year.
In 2007, FEED was founded. Every product sold has a measurable donation attached to it and, to date, the social business has been able to provide over 94 million school meals globally through the WFP and Feeding America. FEED has also supported nutrition programs around the world, providing over 3.5 million children with Vitamin A supplements through UNICEF. Additionally, FEED has forged successful relationships with companies such as Target, Disney, Pottery Barn, Clarins, Whole Foods, Gap, Tory Burch, Rachel Roy, DKNY, Links of London, Godiva and TOMS. In 2017, FEED opened its first retail experience, The FEED Shop & Cafe, in Brooklyn NY. With the purchase of every single item in The Feed Shop & Cafe (products and cafe cuisine included), meals will be directly donated to children in need.
Lauren is also the Chairman of the Board of the FEED Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports programs and organizations that are effectively working to fight hunger and eliminate malnutrition throughout the world.
Awards and Accolades
For her work with FEED, Lauren was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2009 and one of Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in 2010. She has also received the 2010 Accessories Council Humanitarian Award, the 2011 Stevie Award for Best Non-Profit Executive, the 2011 Fashion Group International Humanitarian Award and the 2013 Women in Communications Award (WiCi).
Lauren also routinely speaks at global conferences that focus on business, philanthropy and the issues of hunger and poverty. Examples include Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy, Forbes Women, Women in the World, Atlantic Ideas, Aspen Ideas, Women in Entrepreneurship and Politico, Google and Tory Burch’s Women Rule.
Lauren was born in Denver, Colorado, and grew up in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Princeton University in 2006 with a B.A. in Anthropology and certificate in Photography. She now resides in New York City, where she works on FEED and other socially conscious ventures.
Making a Difference & Leaving a Legacy
How do you make a difference and impact the lives of people now as well as in the future? It is an overwhelming prospect that Lauren Bush Lauren helps to clarify and simplify in this inspiring speech. As the founder and CEO of FEED, a brand that has provided over 100 million meals to children in need, Lauren Bush Lauren is an expert at finding tangible ways in your life to benefit those in need. She shares her message that everyone can change the lives of others and leave a legacy.
Moving Philanthropy Forward
Lauren Bush Lauren’s company, FEED, has a unique structure within the social business movement. After the 2008 recession, she noticed a trend of conscious consumerism and that people have begun to look for companies to create change. In this speech, using her “do good brand” as inspiration, Lauren Bush Lauren shares her breakthrough ideas about the future of philanthropy and how it is directly tied to consumerism, meaningful purchases and ethical businesses.
Hunger & Food Systems Issues
One in nine people around the world are hungry and hundreds of millions of people do not know where their next meal is coming from. As a member of the UN’s World Food Program, Lauren Bush Lauren is a first-hand witness to the devastating effects that hunger has on people around the world. In this speech, Lauren Bush Lauren dives into hunger and food system issues that are plaguing millions around the world. She says that it’s not a matter of “curing hunger,” but instead, how to solve hunger through food, nutrition and equitable access. Lauren Bush Lauren enlightens audiences with details on world hunger and provides expert advice on how we can be a part of the solution.
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Thank you so much for your partnership. Lauren Bush Lauren was a delight to have in the room. She is honest and truly passionate about hunger and helping to feed the children of the world. (not meant to be corny!). I sincerely appreciate your support in helping to create this success.
- | Community FoodBank of New Jersey