Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Last week, Justin, Carmen, and I had the unique opportunity to attend Ernst & Young’s Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year Award ceremony in San Jose.  We were guests of the founder and CEO of Universal Giving, Pamela Hawley, who was one of the finalists for this prestigious award.  Pamela was recognized for her social entrepreneurship in creating an organization that allows people to give to and volunteer with top-performing projects all over the world.  We are proud of Pamela’s work and were excited to attend the event on her behalf.

Some of the other entrepreneurs being recognized were the founders of Method Products, Inc., Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan; the founder of the Flip video camera, Jonathan Kaplan; and the co-founders of SunRun, an organization that provides solar installation to consumers at no initial cost, leasing the equipment to them, making it easier for folks to live sustainably.  These were just a few of the amazing entrepreneurs we heard about.  One of the most amazing entrepreneurs was a 13-year old boy who created a special gate to be used with sliding doors.  Amazing!

The most important thing I took away from this event is that it doesn’t pay to just come up with a great idea.  We need to put ideas into action in order to add value to the communities we live in.  In the words of Thomas Edison, “Vision without execution is hallucination.”  Be inspired.

Pictured in photo: Carmen Rojas, Pamela Hawley, and Tiffany Price

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