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SOLD Attends Summit at Sea

April 13, 2011

Our StaffThis past week, The SOLD Project Founder Rachel Sparks-Graeser and President Rachel Carey flew to Florida to get on board a weekend cruise called Summit at Sea.  A part of the famous Summit Series, the three-day, invitation-only event was designed to connect and inspire a new generation of leaders to succeed in business and life. The Summit Series’ goal is to build “a community of global innovators and thought leaders to affect positive change.”

Indeed, the attendees were the people-to-know in areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, art, altruism, and more. This included the founders of Crowdrise, charity:water, Kiva, TOMS Shoes, and the former Executive Director of Unicef–just to name a few. One of the keynote speakers was Sir Richard Branson, the founder and president of Virgin Group. Also in attendance was SOLD’s friend, Alezandra Russell, founder of UrbanLight (formerly Recycled Child Project). Alezandra first visited Thailand with SOLD in 2009 and again in 2010; her organization, based in D.C., works with teen boy prostitutes in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Says Rachel Carey of her experience with Summit at Sea:

“Most of our conversations were with other women entrepreneurs and tech guys. [We discussed] ideas like human trafficking apps, TV show publicity, fundraising events, and we even just had heart-to-hearts about abuse and pornography. It was an eclectic mix of conversations but everyone we met was beyond inspiring with their drive and passion towards their work. I came home so personally fulfilled from being surrounded by such fearless leaders.”

The Summit Series was founded by Elliott Bisnow who is only 25 years old. (For more history on Bisnow, check out this 2010 Washington Post article.) To learn more, check out the official website or read “Letters from Sea” from Fast Company magazine for an up-close-and-honest look at the event from someone who was there.

SOLD w/ their roommate, Holly, who runs an education NGO in Chicago

SOLD (left) w/ other Summit at Sea attendees, including Alezandra Russell (right)


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