Ian founded both Team Tassy and Thread in 2010 in the wake of the Haiti earthquake. Team Tassy places the poor into jobs, while Thread takes trash from poor neighborhoods and turns it into fabric. The fabric is then sold to apparel and accessories brands striving to be more authentic, transparent, and responsible. Both organizations work in a quest to end multi-dimensional poverty. To date, Team Tassy has engaged almost 300 Haitians, preparing them and their families for employment. Thread has shipped nearly 2 million pounds of recycled plastic out of Haiti and Honduras to be processed into fabric and eventually turned into finished goods and jobs for Team Tassy families.
Ian is a 2013 Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership Awardee, and a 2013 Dignity and Respect Champion. He has spoken about Thread and Team Tassy’s work for TEDx and One Young World, and his work has been featured in numerous publications and on CNN. In 2005, he placed third on CBS: Survivor Palau
. Ian is an ultramarathoner, running 230 miles across Haiti in an effort to raise over $85,000 for Team Tassy in February 2015.
Friday, April 1, 2016
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM; Middle School in Rea Auditorium
1:00 PM – 1:50 PM; Senior School in Rea Auditorium