February 27th, 2012 - HANDS Co-Sponsor Tom Suddes Presentation at Notre Dame
In conjunction with the Career Center at Notre Dame, HANDS sponsored the lecture entitled “Thinking big, building simple, acting now” on social entrepreneurship by the legendary entrepreneur and business leader Tom Suddes on Feb. 27. A two-time Bengal Bouts champion and Notre Dame graduate, Suddes began his career in the development office at Notre Dame after founding 19 companies in various sectors. In the past 25 years the Suddes Group has raised over $1 billion dollars for organizations around the world. Suddes has since founded ForImpact, an organization committed to providing consulting on fundraising and sustainability to non-profits.
“We try to help people change the world,” Suddes said.
Suddes’ presentation, which took place in the Dooley Room of the LaFortune Student Center, engaged the audience andbuilt off of student feedback. According to Suddes, great service leads to increased funding.
“Impact drives income, not the other way around,” Suddes said. Suddes continue to field questions in an interactive discussion, highlighting managing energy, seeking balance and being passionate about the process. Ultimately, he urged the audience to enjoy the journey and learn from the experience.
The first Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Notre Dame, Suddes now commits one third of his time to helping social entrepreneurs through his work with organizations such as Sparkseed, StartingBloc, Unreasonable Institute and ForImpact/YES (Your Entrepreneurial Spirit). Suddes has also served as boxing coach and referee for Notre Dame’s Bengal Bouts for 35 years.