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Chuck Slaughter
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Chuck is the Founder and CEO of Living Goods, a social enterprise that is harnessing the power of micro-franchising to build a sustainable distribution platform for products designed to fight poverty and disease in the developing world.

Prior to launching Living Goods, Chuck founded TravelSmith and grew it to over two million customers and $100 million in sales. After selling TravelSmith in 2004, Chuck devoted his entrepreneurial instincts to building vibrant enterprises in both the private and social sectors. In affiliation with the private equity firm Golden Gate Capital, he participated in the acquisition and turnaround of 10 major apparel brands with combined sales over $2 billion, including Spiegel, Newport News, Norm Thompson and Express. As pro-bono president, Chuck led the turnaround of the HealthStore/CFW Shops, a system of micro-franchised clinics serving the poor in Kenya. While working in Kenya Chuck witnessed the limits of storefront models and developed the idea for Living Goods -– the “Avon for pro-poor products.” Living Goods supports networks of "Avon-like" women entrepreneurs who earn an income going door-to-door selling a wide range of life-saving and life-changing products at prices affordable to poor consumers. Living Goods aims to be a 100-percent financially sustainable system for defeating disease and poverty in the developing world. Chuck currently serves on the boards of The Initiative for Global Development, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Three Day Blinds and Living Goods, and is a former board member of Spiegel Brands. He is a recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is a Draper Richards Fellow. He has spoken at many venues including the Clinton Global Initiative, Global Philanthropy Forum, World Affairs Council, Yale, Harvard, and Stanford, among others. Chuck earned both a B.A. and a Master’s in Public and Private Management from Yale. He resides in California with his wife Molly and sons Cooper, Riley and Jackson.

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May the Force Be With You: Converging Innovations Will Empower Entrepreneurs in the Developing World

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 2:20 PM

2014-01-22-agent.jpg Many of the critical economic issues of our time were front and center at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week. But too many of the conversations overlooked what's happening in the bustling slums and remote villages of the...

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The Massive Market Opportunity in Better Health for Africa

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 12:58 PM

Given the billions of aid dollars spent to improve the health systems of Africa, it may surprise you to learn that the majority of Africans still turn to the private sector for their health care. Not because the private sector provides great service or cheaper prices. But rather, for many,...

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Big Business Can Deliver Big Profits and Big Social Impact

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 8:18 AM

I sometimes find myself asking if we social entrepreneurs are really living up to the hype that surrounds us. Don't get me wrong, I'm a dyed-in-the-wool evangelist for using business methods to solve social problems. But putting all the hoopla and capitalist kumbaya aside, I still find myself lying awake...

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Beyond the Hype: Driving Real Impact with Mobile

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 11:42 AM

The unprecedented increase in mobile connectivity across emerging markets is captivating the world, and for good reason.

There is no shortage of reporting on the transformative impact of mobile technology in the developing world, and yet it's worth repeating. This year, the number of mobile-connected devices will...

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Distribution: The Missing Link Between Design and Impact

(3) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 6:34 PM

2012-09-17-Living_Goods_Lores.jpeg The annual Clinton Global Initiative is right around the corner and it's already got me thinking.

Every year CGI brings leaders from all sectors together to tackle the most important issues of our time. Established in 2005 by President...

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Taking the 'Avon' Way to Reach 'The Last Mile'

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 3:05 PM

2011-10-31-livinggoods.jpgThere has been a lot of talk lately about tackling the "last mile" of health care delivery in the developing world. Getting quality health products and services to the billions of impoverished people living in rural villages and sprawling urban slums remains a...

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