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Dreamers and Doers: Neil Blumenthal, Warby Parker

Wednesday, May 15 at 7 pm

$18/$15 Members
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Join Neil Blumenthal, co-founder and co-CEO of pioneering eyewear brand, Warby Parker for the sixth installment of the Museum's Dreamers and Doers speaker series.


Neil’s work and Warby Parker’s mission perfectly represent the goals of this series -- an entrepreneurial story featuring a business model deeply intertwined with giving back; the “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair” program is a central part of the Warby Parker model, among other philanthropic and socially conscious efforts.


Moderated by WHYY's Katie Colaneri.

The Museum will be accepting gently worn clothing donations in partnership with Our Closet at this event. 

The Dreamers and Doers Speaker Series has been anonymously endowed by a friend of the Museum and admirer of all Dreamers and Doers.

Media sponsor: WHYY

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Neil Blumenthal is a co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker, a lifestyle brand that offers designer eyewear at a revolutionary price, while leading the way for socially conscious businesses. Since day one, over five million pairs of glasses have been distributed through its "Buy a Pair, Give a Pair" program. Warby Parker was previously named the most innovative company in the world by Fast Company.

Prior to launching Warby Parker in 2010, Neil served as director of VisionSpring, a nonprofit social enterprise that trains low-income women to start their own businesses selling affordable eyeglasses to individuals living on less than $4 per day in developing countries.

Neil was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. He serves on the board of Allbirds, Sweetgreen, and the nonprofit RxArt.

A native of New York City, Neil received his BA from Tufts University and his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Neil lives in Greenwich Village with his wife, Rachel, the founder and CEO of Rockets of Awesome, and their two children.

Katie first came to the station in 2013 as a reporter for State Impact Pennsylvania, a public media collaboration covering the state’s energy economy and the environment. In 2015, she led WHYY’s coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. and was part of the team that covered the Philadelphia mayor’s race. Now as Assistant News Director, Katie helps plan and edit WHYY’s coverage, including daily news, features and special projects. She began her career in public media at WBGO in Newark, New Jersey. Her work has also been heard on NPR, Marketplace and Here & Now. A native of North Jersey, Katie is an alumna of Wellesley College.


This program represents the sixth installment of our annual Dreamers and Doers Speaker Series, which features individuals who embody a uniquely American spirit and whose stories are characterized by the values critical to the success achieved by immigrants who came to America in search of opportunity and a better life - courage and imagination, aspiration and hard work, leadership and service.

Previous Dreamers and Doers include renowned shoe designer, Stuart Weitzman; the most senior female executive with Major League Baseball, Kim Ng; psychosexual therapy pioneer and cultural icon, Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer; legendary concert and tour promoter, and Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, Larry Magid; and dermatologist and co-founder of Proactiv® Solution and Rodan + Fields®* skincare brands, Dr. Kathy Fields.

The series has been anonymously endowed by a friend of the Museum and admirer of all Dreamers and Doers.

Event type:Lectures & Discussions