Ep44 – Social Entrepreneur – Gifts for Good CEO Laura Hertz: Millennial on a Mission

Snagging a coveted job at one of the “Big 8” accounting firms straight out of college, Laura Hertz was on the fast-track to financial success. But working in a windowless office sometimes 6 days a week made her feel “miserable”—and she couldn’t shake a rewarding experience she’d had volunteering with AmeriCorps. Laura shares how she got the hutzpah to quit her job, go back to school to USC to get her masters in Social Entrepreneurship, pinpoint the perfect partner and then co-found Gifts for Good — the world’s first retail site aimed at selling gifts that give back. As CEO, this compelling twenty something is disrupting the world of corporate gifting—urging companies all over the world to stop purchasing meaningless, mass merchandised tokens (that often wind up in the trash or in a drawer) and, instead, to give beautiful, curated items that help charitable causes. And by the way, individual shoppers can buy gifts on the site, too.