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VisionSpring

12 DESBROSSES ST

New York City, New York 10013

United States

Company Description

VisionSpring's mission is to ensure affordable access to eyewear, everywhere. For many in the developing world, the lack of access to affordable eyeglasses leads to the unnecessary loss of educational and employment opportunities. Founded in 2001 by Dr. J ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Summer Associate

McKinsey & Company

Affiliations

Social Enterprise Fellow and A Leadership Fellow
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Special Advisor
Natalia , Inc.

Fellow for Emerging Leaders In Public Service
NYU Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service

Board Member
RxArt Inc

Advisory Board Member
Pencils of Promise

Cofounder
Tommy Hilfiger Corporation

Co-Founder
Toasting Success With Warby Parker

Co-Founder
Wendr LLC

Co-Founders
Warby Parker

Education

Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution

international relations

Tufts University

BA

International Relations and History

Tufts University

MBA

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

MBA

Tufts University

MBA

Wharton School of Business

MBA

Business Development

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

MBAs

Wharton School

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TEAM + ADVISORS | NATALIA ALLEN

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NEIL BLUMENTHAL

Special Advisor
Neil Blumenthal is one of the founders of a transformative eyewear brand that retails frames and prescription lenses for $95, a fraction of the cost of comparable glasses. And, for every pair sold, a pair of glasses is distributed to someone in need in the US or the developing world. Neil is currently in his second year in the MBA program at The Wharton School where he is a 2009-2010 Leadership Fellow and 2009-2010 Social Enterprise Fellow. Prior to Wharton, Neil led a non-profit social enterprise that sells affordable eyeglasses to underprivileged individuals in South Asia, Africa and Latin America. He was responsible for developing VisionSpring's award-winning strategy (Fast Company Social Capitalist Award '08, '07 and '05) and expanding VisionSpring's global presence from one to 10 countries.
In 2005, Neil was named a Fellow for Emerging Leaders in Public Service at NYU Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service. Prior to joining VisionSpring, he worked with the International Crisis Group and attended the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution in The Hague, Netherlands. Neil received his BA in International Relations and History from Tufts University. Neil is married to fashion jewelry designer Rachel Leigh.


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As a follow up to our June 2, 2014 meeting, we would like to extend a special thank you to Neil Blumenthal, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Warby Parker for joining us and sharing the incredible story of Warby's eyewear success!

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Neil Blumenthal, Co-Founder and Co-CEO Warby Parker:
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Neil Blumenthal's Bio
Neil Blumenthal is a Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Warby Parker, a transformative lifestyle brand that offers designer eyewear at a revolutionary price, while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses.
Prior to launching Warby Parker in 2010, Neil served as Director of VisionSpring, a non-profit social enterprise that trains low-income women to start their own businesses selling affordable eyeglasses to individuals living on less than $4 per day in developing countries. He was responsible for developing VisionSpring's award-winning strategy (Fast Company Social Capitalist Award '08, '07 and '05) and expanding VisionSpring's global presence from one to 10 countries. In 2005, Neil was named a Fellow for Emerging Leaders in Public Service at NYU Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service.
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 recognized as part of "The Next Establishment" by Vanity Fair and one of Crain's "40 Under Forty". Neil serves on the board of RxArt and on the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council.
A native of New York City, Neil received his BA from Tufts University and his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Neil lives in Greenwich Village with his wife Rachel, the founder of Cricket's Circle.


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Neil Blumenthal (Warby Parker)

Neil Blumenthal loves helping people see. Determined to radically transform the eyewear industry, Neil and three friends launched Warby Parker (www.warbyparker.com). Warby Parker designs and sells vintage-inspired frames and prescription lenses for $95 whereas comparable quality glasses cost $500. And, for every pair sold, a pair is given to someone in need.Prior to Warby Parker, Neil was the Director of VisionSpring, a non-profit social enterprise that trains low-income women to start their own business selling affordable eyeglasses to individuals living on less than $4 per day in South Asia, Africa and Latin America. He was responsible for developing VisionSpring's award-winning strategy (Fast Company Social Capitalist Award '08, '07 and '05) and expanding VisionSpring's global presence from one to 10 countries. In 2005, Neil was named a Fellow for Emerging Leaders in Public Service at the NYU Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service. Prior to joining VisionSpring, he worked with the International Crisis Group and attended the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution in The Hague, Netherlands. Neil received his BA from Tufts University and his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he was both a Social Enterprise Fellow and a Leadership Fellow. Neil, his wife, jewelry designer Rachel Leigh, and his son Griffin, live in NYC.


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Neil Blumenthal (Warby Parker)

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Determined to radically transform the eyewear industry, Neil and three friends launched Warby Parker (www.warbyparker.com). Warby Parker designs and sells vintage-inspired frames and prescription lenses for $95 whereas comparable quality glasses cost $500. And, for every pair sold, a pair is given to someone in need.
Prior to Warby Parker, Neil was the Director of VisionSpring, a non-profit social enterprise that trains low-income women to start their own business selling affordable eyeglasses to individuals living on less than $4 per day in South Asia, Africa and Latin America. He was responsible for developing VisionSpring's award-winning strategy (Fast Company Social Capitalist Award '08, '07 and '05) and expanding VisionSpring's global presence from one to 10 countries. In 2005, Neil was named a Fellow for Emerging Leaders in Public Service at the NYU Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service. Prior to joining VisionSpring, he worked with the International Crisis Group and attended the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution in The Hague, Netherlands. Neil received his BA from Tufts University and his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he was both a Social Enterprise Fellow and a Leadership Fellow. Neil, his wife, jewelry designer Rachel Leigh, and his son Griffin, live in NYC.


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Neil Blumenthal - Co-Founder, Warby Parker

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Neil Blumenthal
Co-Founder, Warby Parker
Neil Blumenthal loves helping people see. Determined to radically transform the eyewear industry, Neil and three friends launched Warby Parker. Warby Parker designs and sells vintage-inspired frames and prescription lenses for $95 whereas comparable quality glasses cost $500. And, for every pair sold, a pair is given to someone in need.
Neil had been the Director of VisionSpring, a non-profit social enterprise that trains low-income women to start their own business selling affordable eyeglasses to individuals living on less than $4 per day in South Asia, Africa and Latin America. He was responsible for developing VisionSpring's award-winning strategy (Fast Company Social Capitalist Award '08, '07 and '05) and expanding VisionSpring's global presence from one to 10 countries. In 2005, Neil was named a Fellow for Emerging Leaders in Public Service at NYU Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service. Prior to joining VisionSpring, he worked with the International Crisis Group and attended the Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution in The Hague, Netherlands. Neil received his BA from Tufts University and his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he was both a Social Enterprise Fellow and a Leadership Fellow. Neil, his wife, jewelry designer Rachel Leigh, and son live in NYC.

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