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).
A little girl like this one, let’s call her Sally, will die of starvation while you read this post.
Sally has probably never had enough to eat, but war, famine or flood has recently cut her off from food altogether. She hasn’t had anything to eat in days and couldn’t eat anything now if she had the food to eat. In all likelihood, a fungus has grown behind her esophagus, making it too painful for her to swallow.
As she has approached death in recent weeks, her joints have become weak and painful. In her present condition, she no longer feels thirst and whether or not there is water available, she hasn’t had any today. She’s completely dehydrated.
She’s no longer conscious so she is unaware now of what is happening as she breaths her last shallow breaths, but earlier today she knew what was coming. She’s watched family members and friends die recently so she knows what to expect; she won’t wake up from this nap. The apathy she feels at her own death and even the death of her family members is a symptom of her condition; she is literally too weak to care.
On average, almost 700 people, mostly children, die of starvation every hour; about six million every year.
Sadly, even mentioning these statistics will make you less likely to do anything about this tragedy. If you knew Sally, if you could help Sally, you would feed her. If it were too late for that, you’d take her to the hospital to be nursed back to health. Sally, you would help. In fact, if Sally were real and you knew you could save her, you would do almost anything for her.
Don’t let the fact that Sally is a fiction and the statistics are real stop you from doing something.
The World Food Programme is working to end global hunger. Visit www.wfp.org to learn more.