Monday, September 23, 2019 | 6:00 PM
Umphrey Lee Mack Ballroom | Southern Methodist University
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The Alpha Upsilon chapter of Delta Gamma and the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility was proud to welcome Lauren Bush Lauren, CEO and Founder of FEED Projects to SMU as the 2019 Delta Gamma Lecturer in Values and Ethics.
While Lauren is known for her former career as a fashion model, she serves as an exemplary model of ethics as well. While still a student at Princeton University, Lauren was appointed the Honorary Student Spokesperson for the UN World Food Program. In that role, she traveled to various countries and learned about the issues of hunger and poverty firsthand. Coming back to America, Lauren was inspired to create a consumer product that would engage people in a seemingly overwhelming fight to end world hunger. In 2005, she conceptualized the idea for FEED by designing the initial FEED 1 bag which, when purchased, feeds one child in school for one year.
In 2007, following her graduation from Princeton, she founded FEED as a women-centered social business. Every product sold has a measurable donation attached to it and, to date, has been able to provide over 100 million school meals globally through the WFP and Feeding America. FEED has also supported nutrition programs around the world, providing over 3.5 million children with Vitamin A supplements through UNICEF. Additionally, FEED has forged successful relationships with companies such as Target, Disney, Pottery Barn, Clarins, Whole Foods, Gap, Tory Burch, Rachel Roy, DKNY, Links of London, Godiva and TOMS.
Since Lauren founded FEED, it has grown to include much more than just the original FEED tote. The business also carries a number of limited edition fashion lines which contribute to the fight for women's rights and equality, as well as the FEED Suppers program, in which individuals can host a meal with guest donations going directly to the fight against hunger. In 2017, FEED opened the first physical FEED Shop and Cafe in Brooklyn.
Having conceptualized the idea for FEED while still a student, Lauren serves as an ethical model for the women of Delta Gamma, the SMU student body, and the broader SMU community. Lauren's story highlights the valuable contributions which students can make to the world, and her recognition as one of Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in 2010 and one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2009 confirm her importance as a female entrepreneur and social justice advocate.
In addition to her talk at SMU, Lauren also routinely speaks at global conferences that focus on business, philanthropy and the issues of hunger and poverty. Examples include Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy, Forbes Women, Women in the World, Atlantic Ideas, Aspen Ideas, Women in Entrepreneurship and Politico, Google and Tory Burch’s Women Rule. In addition to her business and her lectures, Lauren has also served as the Chairman of the Board of the FEED Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports programs and organizations that are effectively working to fight hunger and eliminate malnutrition throughout the world.
About the Delta Gamma Lectureship in Values and Ethics
In 1992, Lectureships in Values and Ethics, a Delta Gamma program sponsored by the Delta Gamma Foundation, was established by Dr. Paul Martin honoring his wife Dorothy Garrett Martin (Dotty), Eta-Akron in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. The initial home of the lectureship was Paul and Dotty’s alma mater and the site of Delta Gamma’s oldest active collegiate chapter, the University of Akron. Though Dorothy has passed on, the lectureships immortalize her selfless spirit and love for Delta Gamma. Today 14 campuses have established Lectureships in Values and Ethics, with 4 more in progress, and 2 others in the planning stages.
These lectureships are always free of charge to collegians, university volunteers and employees, as well as invited individuals in surrounding areas. The Delta Gamma Foundation has great pride in this unique program, which is a prime example of its mission to "provide resources for educational growth and philanthropic service for all members.”
To read more about the history of the lectureship, click here [PDF]