There are few people in the world I want to meet more than Sir Richard Branson. This Friday, Sir Richard will be hosted by the Vancouver Board of Trade for a fireside chat. As a member, I got access to what is now a sold out event. At $200.00 a pop, the price is higher than typical VBOT events.
Even so, I whipped out my good ol’ credit card and plunked down the money with fervent anticipation of being in the same room with the self made successful serial entrepreneur. My brain still pounds at the thought.
It can’t be mere coincidence that the year Sir Richard founded Virgin was the very same year I was born; June 2nd, 1970 into the world of Virgin…in a small, remote town in Northern England. Coincidence? I think not.
It took me a few years to discover the formidable Branson and it was through his book, Business Stripped Bare (still found on my bedside table), that I learned you could be a global entrepreneur.
I launched one business after another, trying to find my niche, my place of impact. In the course of my journey, discovered, much like my booked mentor, that you are going to piss people off, that you will disrupt innovation and it is ok to step outside of typical verticals in business and be bold…
Be very very bold…
This led me to create Global Currents; what I believe, has been my greatest legacy other than my three beautiful children. Global Currents could have stayed Pincgiving, it could have remained in my back pocket, a small, unassuming initiative that redistributes wealth at a grassroots level. No, I want to be a global entrepreneur and have Global Currents stamp on innovative impacting digital tools that redistribute wealth and ultimately, create social sustainability for communities world wide.
Alas, this Friday…my beautiful living legacy herself, Miss Sophia, has an important appointment with her kidney specialist. Sophia’s kidneys are just so-so and any other appointment I would try to rebook. This one, I can’t, we can’t…
So, my dear colleague, Madelaine Shaw of Lunapads, has been given a wonderful gift in the form of my ticket…and in turn, Lunapads is donating the value of the ticket to Pads4Girls Transforming Textiles Malawi campaign. The $200.00 is going towards the $50,000 it costs to send a container of 10,000 pad kits to girls in Malawi. A great way for all this to end.
So, Sir Richard Branson…if you read this, know I am there in spirit and your coming to Vancouver has in some half ass back end way, gone to impact young girls in Malawi. If I was there, I’d ask you for a coffee one global entrepreneur to another.
It’s all good…the ultimate sacrifice of a Mompreneur.