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Pacesetter Author Series Presents Pencils of Promise Founder Adam Braun

Press Release

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 10:00a.m.
St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Pacesetter Author Series presents philanthropist Adam Braun for a discussion of his book “The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change.” The event will be held on Tuesday, April 1, at 7:00 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
The program is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Books for signing will be available at the event from Left Bank Books. The event is sponsored by Maryville University.
Adam Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just sixteen years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling as a college student, he met a young boy begging on the streets of India. When Braun asked the boy what he wanted most in the world, he simply answered, “A pencil.”
This small request became the inspiration for Pencils of Promise, the organization Braun would leave a prestigious job to start with just $25 at the age of 24. Using his unique “for-purpose” approach, which blends nonprofit idealism with for-profit business principles, he helped redefine the space in which business, philanthropy, and social media intersect. And a mere five years later, Pencils of Promise has now built more than 200 schools around the world, proving that anyone can create a movement that matters.
“The Promise of a Pencil” chronicles Braun’s journey through more than fifty countries to find his calling. His trailblazing story takes readers behind the scenes with business moguls and village chiefs, world-famous celebrities and hometown heroes. Driven by compelling stories and shareable insights, this is a vivid and inspiring book that will give readers the tools to unlock their own extraordinary journey of self-discovery.
Adam Braun is the Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise. In 2012, he was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List.
This program is a St. Louis County Library Pacesetter Author Series presentation. Featuring books by or about business, education, and cultural leaders, the Pacesetter Series presents several programs each year with visiting writers.