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Date: October 24, 2011

Guest Speakers: Tim Schottman, Chief Global Officer, SightLife

Summary:    Inspired by SightLife’s vision of eliminating cornea blindness worldwide, Tim Schottman joined SightLife in June 2009. He has over 20 years of experience as a marketing, strategy, and general management executive, including 17 years as an executive at Starbucks, playing a key role in their global expansion.  Tim brings this background and experience to his work at SightLife, a corneal tissue bank in Seattle.  In this call we learn about the domestic and global issues surrounding corneal blindness and how innovative business practices can be applied to this global health problem and to other social issues.

Important Points:

  • There are over 10 million people with corneal blindness worldwide and SightLife’s mission is to eliminate corneal blindness.
  • Over 90% of the individuals that need corneal tissue transplants live in developing countries.  Two main problems they face is a lack of corneal tissue for the transplants and poor healthcare infrastructure.  Both of these issues can be addressed through strategic business planning.
  • Creating authentic partnerships, capacity building and leadership development are key to sustainability and success
  • Creating a sustainable and successful business approach with measurable results leads to increased funding.

SightLife is seeking philanthropic investments from indviduals, foundations and corporations.  They have developed an “eye bank in a box” program that allows individuals to sponsor an eye bank and work to eliminate corneal blindness in one’s own community.  If you would like to learn more about SightLife, please contact Scott Garrepy.

Handout: SightLife Global Program Strategy and Results

Purposeful Quote:
If you want to go fast, go alone
If you want to go far, go together
– African Proverb