St. Mary's has a long tradition of innovation, service, and intellectual curiosity. The Joseph Orgill III Speakers Series, made possible through a generous anonymous gift in honor of Joseph Orgill III, brings to campus thinkers and doers whose ideas challenge conventional wisdom and spark new thinking.
In its inaugural year, the Orgill Speakers Series focused on the issues of global hunger, food and sustainability. Called the Joseph Orgill III Speakers Series 2012: Seeds of Change, this event featured two internationally known activists in this field.
Ellen Gustafson is co-founder (with model and activist Lauren Bush) of Feed Projects, which sells canvas bags through retailers from Whole Foods to Gap, and donates the profits from their sales to the UN World Food Program (WFP) to feed and educate hungry children around the world. Gustafson has also launched the 30 Project, an effort to address the world’s hunger and obesity problems as a holistic global food issue. Click here to find out more about Ellen.
Ido Leffler is the founder of the wildly popular Yes To line of organic, natural personal care products distributed in more than 28,000 locations in 29 countries, and the Yes to Seed Fund. The fund's vision is to help children lead healthier lives by introducing them to organic produce through the planting of school gardens. A portion of proceeds from every Yes To product goes toward the Yes to Seed Fund.