Devin D. Thorpe thinks he is the luckiest person alive. After being “let go” from the best job he’d ever had—as the Chief Financial Officer of the multinational food and beverage company MonaVie—he and his wife ended up living in China for a year where he wrote Your Mark On The World and embarked on the career he’d always wanted yet hadn’t dared dream.
Now, as an author, a popular guest speaker and Forbes contributor, Devin is devoted full time to championing social good. His current life isn’t much like his past.
As an entrepreneur, Devin ran—at separate times—a boutique investment banking firm and a small mortgage company. He served as the Treasurer for the multinational vitamin manufacturer USANA Health Sciences years before becoming CFO for MonaVie. Over his career he led or advised on the successful completion of $500 million in transactions.
Devin squeezed in two brief stints in government, including two years working for Jake Garn on the U.S. Senate Banking Committee Staff and another year working for an independent state agency called USTAR, where he helped foster technology entrepreneurship during Governor Jon Huntsman’s administration.
Devin is proud to have graduated from the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business, which recognized him as a Distinguished Alum in 2006. He also earned an MBA at Cornell University where he ran the student newspaper, Cornell Business.
Today, Devin channels the idealism of his youth with the loving support of his wife, Gail. Their son Dayton is a PhD candidate in Physics at UC Berkeley (and Devin rarely misses an opportunity to mention that).
The scope of the world’s problems lead many to shrug in frustration, thinking that the little they could do, would be too little to matter. For Matt and Allyson Smith and their six children, the opposite attitude led them to a remarkable around-the-world adventure in service. They seem to have…
The Smiths that I told you about yesterday just posted on their blog about a critical need for some cash for one of the orphanages where they’ve been volunteering in Thailand. They need $3,000 before the weekend is over to buy the equipment to open the restaurant that will feed and sustain the orphanage! Matt and Allyson are asking us to donate $10 each and to share their plea everywhere! Please help!
Our friends, the Smiths, have moved on to India where they are volunteering at Rising Star Outreach, a school for the children of parents with leprosy. Each day as I try to learn more about both the problems in the world and the efforts of noble people to address them, I am equally moved by the scale and scope of the problems and by the courage, character and charm of those who battle them. How will you make your mark on the world?
Leprosy has left this woman with one leg and no fingers and just one eye, but the joy from the visit from the Smiths is plain to see. I encourage you to follow the link to read Allyson’s story about her family’s visit to the leper colony in India, which she describes as life changing. Their 15 week service trip is maturing, but it is clear that it has changed their perspective on life entirely. It is clear that this family will leave a mark on the world!
On Friday, I had the privilege of visiting the CICFO orphanage here in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. CICFO is the only orphanage in Cambodia that is registered with the Department of the Interior—because it is the only one run by Cambodians. All the others are registered with the Department of the Interior.
The kids here are absolutely wonderful; they are happy and are all getting a good education, living in a safe and clean environment and above all, they are being loved.
You may remember that the Smiths first introduced me to Botevy, the founder of CICFO. She is a delightful woman who over the years has used her modest personal resources to support the orphanage when fundraising efforts run short.
It was wonderful to spend time with her and her kids!
Botevy is especially remarkable in that she survived Pol Pots killing fields in the 70s and has become a wonderful, giving person in spite of it (or could it be because of it?).
You can donate to support CICFO here (be sure to select CICFO as the recipient of your donation).
Don’t forget, you can still support the Your Mark on the World project at StartSomeGood.com by sponsoring your favorite cause.