What does it mean to be a social entrepreneur? Join TC Alumni Association President-Elect and Professor of Social Entrepreneurship Carmine Gibaldi (Ed.D. ’89) as he speaks with co-founder of Two Blind Brothers and TC Early Career Award recipient Bradford Manning (M.A. ’10). Bradford will discuss the journey he took with his brother to build a business through storytelling and doing genuine good to raise awareness and funds to cure blindness.
Date: Wednesday, November 18
Time: 5:00 p.m. EST
Bradford Manning is the co-founder of Two Blind Brothers, a cause-driven fashion company on a mission to cure blindness. At a young age, Bradford and his brother, Bryan, were diagnosed with an eye disease that causes blindness over time. To fight back, they left their former careers to start Two Blind Brothers, a small charitable clothing company that donates 100% of its profits to drive life-changing research for a cure for blindness. Their condition inspired a special attention to details, a passion that carries over into the construction of their clothing line. Two Blind Brothers focuses on quality, comfort, and "sense of touch."
Bradford sits on the Board of Directors of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Prior to launching 2BB, Bradford worked in investment management. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Finance and Commerce, and holds a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University. Bradford grew up in Charlottesville, VA, and currently works in New York City.
Carmine Gibaldi is a is a tenured Professor of Management, Organizational Behavior, and Entrepreneurship at St. John's University. He also maintains an Organizational Consulting and Executive Coaching practice and is a Fulbright Scholar. He has over 30 years of experience in the education and corporate consulting sectors.
During his career to date he has published in the areas of Fear in the Workplace, Human Resource Management, Career Planning and Development, Strategic Planning, Organizational Development and Change, Issues Related to the Changing face of Retirement, Organizational Behavior in a Global Context, and The benefits of Working with an Executive Coach. His present research and writing is in the areas of “Implications of Working Virtually”; “Fears Related to Returning to Work during the Pandemic”; “Possible Causes of a Failure of Leadership”; and “Social Entrepreneurship”. He has written and delivered over 40 professional papers at international conferences and also teaches a course within the Global M.B.A. program at the University of Bologna Business School, Bologna Italy, entitled “Leading People in Organizations.”
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