From Running a $1.3B Corp to Growing Homeboy Industries to $35M with CEO Tom Vozzo

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An experience that started with volunteering at Homeboy Industries led Tom Vozzo to discover the profound impact of providing employment opportunities to those in need, sparking an inspiring journey that saw him switch from running a successful $1.3 billion dollar corporation to dedicating his life to Homeboy.

Bringing a unique blend of non-profit ethos and for-profit business acumen to the table, Tom shares how his corporate background prepared him to make a significant impact as CEO. We explore the idea of investing back into people in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, how amazing the world would be if Fortune 500 CEOs served in non-profits, and how Tom’s leadership has helped Homeboy TRIPLE in size! Our discussion also touches on the importance of fostering relationships between rival gangs and the critical need for quality jobs.

In our final segment, we take a deep dive into the success of Homeboy Ventures and the challenges faced by the Homeboy Jobs Fund. 

Tom also reveals the secrets behind his fundraising strategy that brings in over $35 million a year, with only a fraction coming from government sources. Tune in and be prepared to be inspired by the extraordinary work of Homeboy Industries!


Resources & Links

Check out Tom’s book, The Homeboy Way: A Radical Approach to Business and Life and learn more about Homeboy Industries on their website.

Tom recently read The Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila and Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmond.

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