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Peter Thum

Keynote Speaker

Founder, Ethos Water, Founder and CEO, Liberty United and Fonderie 47 and Recognized Social Entrepreneur

A recognized enterprising pioneer who has used his keen entrepreneurial skills to build several businesses founded on advancing a social mission, Peter Thum is a humanitarian who shows that business can do good while doing well.

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Peter Thum is a trailblazer in social entrepreneurship, renowned for transforming a simple idea into a global movement for change. As the founder of Ethos Water, Thum didn’t just create a product; he pioneered a way for everyday purchases to fund life-saving water projects around the world. His journey from conceiving Ethos Water to its acquisition by Starbucks is a testament to the power of innovative thinking and relentless commitment to social impact.

Thum’s presentations are a compelling mix of entrepreneurship, ethical business practices, and the profound impact individuals and companies can have on solving global challenges. He shares candid insights from his journey, including the hurdles of starting a social enterprise, the strategies for scaling impact, and the lessons learned in leveraging business for social good.

Audiences can expect an inspiring and enlightening experience, as Thum not only recounts his personal journey but also delves into the broader implications of corporate responsibility and social entrepreneurship. His engaging storytelling and practical advice make his sessions invaluable for anyone interested in making a difference through business, from budding entrepreneurs to established executives.

Peter Thum is an agent of change, offering a blueprint for how vision, innovation, and perseverance can address some of the world’s most pressing issues. Thum’s narrative is sure to inspire, motivate, and catalyze action towards greater social impact.

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Peter Thum’s Speech Topics

  • The Imperative to Reduce Gun Violence

    Each year more than 17,000 American children fall victim to gun violence. It’s an epidemic.  Peter Thum tells the harrowing story of tackling one of the worlds’ most complex and difficult issues.  Thum tells the story of working war zones of Africa and the most violence neighborhoods in America to build the two brands and a consumer movement to address these problems.  By transforming thousands of illegal guns from battlefields and police forces in America into high-end jewelry, watches, accessories and art Thum has created a path toward peace. Since 2009, his companies have funded not for profits working help thousands of at-risk children in America’s most dangerous communities and they have funded the removal and destruction of over 70,000 assault rifles in African war zones.

  • Leading Forward: Social Responsibility in the Corporate World

    As corporations play an ever-expanding role in our lives, it is imperative now more than ever that they take the steps necessary to improve the lives of their employees, their consumers, their communities and of society at large. A dedicated social entrepreneur who has successfully established businesses that are driven by a social mission of helping those in need, Peter Thum delivers lessons on the importance of corporate social responsibility from which any organization can learn and benefit.  From ethical branding and leveraging philanthropy, to emboldening a corporate message, to building a culture where giving back is a standard operating procedure; Thum helps companies of all sizes to understand the steps they need to complete to put social responsibility at the core of their mission and performance.

  • The Ethos Water Story: The Keys Behind To Social Entrepreneurship

    Countries all over the world are experiencing a water crisis. Millions of people in developing countries lack clean and safe drinking water. As the founder of Ethos™ Water, Peter Thum turned his idea of getting clean water to children into a successful social venture that has changed an industry, generated millions of dollars and changed lives. Thum talks through his odyssey from the townships of South Africa to brokering an acquisition by Starbucks, and finally to running Ethos as an international brand and social movement. Thum’s story is one of passion, perseverance and success. His story motivates people to dream big and turn thoughts into action. He takes audiences on a tour of the world and shares the importance of addressing the world water crisis, how to build a brand from the ground up and the personal rewards of working toward the common good.

What other organizations say about Peter Thum

Peter provided an enthusiastic and relevant presentation at our conference. Peter took the time to understand our members and his message resonated with the audience.

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What other organizations say about Peter Thum

Peter was, simply put, inspirational. His candor, entrepreneurial acumen, and passion for seeing positive change in the world connected deeply with our team. His talk left a lasting impact, with echoes across multiple initiatives in the months and years following. Thank you!



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