Social Innovation Speaker Series: Saul Garlick

January 17, 2019
University Club of USC, Scriptorium Room
Saul Garlick headshot

Bio: Saul Garlick has spent his entire career as a social entrepreneur focused on creating opportunity for populations that have traditionally been left out of the global economy. He has founded and operated companies across the United States, Africa and Latin America.

Saul is founder and CEO of Unleesh, a mobile training platform for frontline workers in low-skill, low-wage jobs that seeks to bridge those workers to the future economy – one where automation is shifting the nature of work. Over 50,000 individuals have benefited from the platform.

Previously, he was Founder and CEO of ThinkImpact, an award-winning global immersion experience for college and graduate students working on social innovation in Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa and Panama, which he sold in 2018. Over 750 students have lived and worked in rural communities through ThinkImpact’s innovative model which is based on a workbook he co-authored called The Innovator. Today he serves on the Board of Directors of the acquiring company.

Saul served as President of More Than Me, a non-profit organization that operates 18 schools through a public private partnership with the Government of Liberia and a private all-girls tuition free Academy in central Monrovia, Liberia. In his role at More Than Me, he helped lead the organization’s expansion from reaching 184 children daily to 4,000 through safety, health and education interventions with a model he developed called (S)HE Matters.

Saul is a Truman Scholar, an Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 entrepreneur, a top 9 Young Foreign Policy Leader under 33 by the Diplomatic Courier, and an International Speaker Specialist for the US Department of State.

Saul’s work was the subject of a 3-part The New York Times case study on “The Social Entrepreneur’s Quandary” discussing his decision to transition his non-profit organization to a for-profit social enterprise. He has also been featured in Entrepreneur, The Washington Post, TNW, and The Huffington Post. His work has been endorsed by President Nelson Mandela.

Saul received his BA with honors from Johns Hopkins University and his MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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