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Episode 104

Taylor Conroy

Social entrepreneur / Avocado-aholic / Adventurer

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Taylor Conroy is the co-founder & CEO of two social enterprise startups: Change Heroes and Journey333. Before diving into social enterprise, Taylor was running a successful real estate business. After a life changing trip to Uganda in 2009, Taylor came back to Canada, sold his business and launched Change Heroes, a SaaS company serving the world's most innovative and dedicated nonprofits to engage people in giving through personal video. Change Heroes has since helped thousands of people to bring friends together from over 80 countries to fund projects including schools, libraries, girls scholarships, anti-trafficking work, and more in 14 countries for over 200,000 people. Seeing the growing desire millennials have for wanting to affect change and travel, Taylor saw a huge need and recently launched Journey333, an experiential impact travel company that exists to shift humanity by systematically shifting 1% of the North American millennial generation to become truly empathetic, altruistic, and connected by 2025, while providing adventure, purpose, and community to their community of millennial participants. Taylor is also a sought after speaker who has presented around the world to over 100,000 people. He regularly presents at the United Nations in NY, and has lectured on social entrepreneurship at Harvard, Princeton, NYU, Cornell, and Stanford. He has studied meditation with Zen monks in Japan, surfed the longest wave in the world in Peru, filmed documentaries in Cambodia, Uganda, and Ecuador, become a yoga teacher in Costa Rica, run with the bulls in Spain, travelled to 35 countries, and explored every continent on earth. Taylor joins us to share his story, what motivated him to launch socially minded startups, some of the impact his organizations have had so far, some of the challenges he’s had to overcome in the social enterprise space, how he’s worked with corporate partners like Disney and DHL, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Taylor.
  • Learn more about how Taylor got into social enterprise & startups.
  • Learn more about how Taylor approaches building effective partnerships.
  • Learn more about how Journey333 is changing the way Millennials travel & affect change in the world.
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Taylor Conroy is the co-founder & CEO of two social enterprise startups: Change Heroes and Journey333.

Before diving into social enterprise, Taylor was running a successful real estate business. After a life changing trip to Uganda in 2009, Taylor came back to Canada, sold his business and launched Change Heroes, a SaaS company serving the world's most innovative and dedicated nonprofits to engage people in giving through personal video.

Change Heroes has since helped thousands of people to bring friends together from over 80 countries to fund projects including schools, libraries, girls scholarships, anti-trafficking work, and more in 14 countries for over 200,000 people.

Seeing the growing desire millennials have for wanting to affect change and travel, Taylor saw a huge need and recently launched Journey333, an experiential impact travel company that exists to shift humanity by systematically shifting 1% of the North American millennial generation to become truly empathetic, altruistic, and connected by 2025, while providing adventure, purpose, and community to their community of millennial participants.

Taylor is also a sought after speaker who has presented around the world to over 100,000 people. He regularly presents at the United Nations in NY, and has lectured on social entrepreneurship at Harvard, Princeton, NYU, Cornell, and Stanford. He has studied meditation with Zen monks in Japan, surfed the longest wave in the world in Peru, filmed documentaries in Cambodia, Uganda, and Ecuador, become a yoga teacher in Costa Rica, run with the bulls in Spain, travelled to 35 countries, and explored every continent on earth.

Taylor joins us to share his story, what motivated him to launch socially minded startups, some of the impact his organizations have had so far, some of the challenges he’s had to overcome in the social enterprise space, how he’s worked with corporate partners like Disney and DHL, and much more!


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Taylor got into social enterprise & startups.
  • How to approach scaling your idea to the point that it can have massive impact.
  • Learn more about how Taylor approaches building effective partnerships.
  • The challenges Taylor & his team had to overcome in the social enterprise space.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

2:42
Where are you from and what did you study?

3:10
So you started your career in real estate - how did that transition into your passion for social entrepreneurship?

5:08
You left real estate in 2009, after a trip to Uganda. Can you start off by telling us a bit more about this trip. What prompted you to go and what happened over the course of that adventure?

7:14
This experience motivated you to sell your real estate business and start Change Heroes. What’s this organization all about?

9:38
How did you approach building an organization that could achieve that type of scale?

11:55
How did you create these opportunities and how do you approach these kinds of partnerships?

15:05
What were some of the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome launching this type of organization?

18:43
What is Journey333 and what motivated you to start it?

24:19
What are some of the journeys you’ve already completed and what have been the biggest impacts for all parties involved?

27:03
What’s next for Journey333?

28:00
How did you begin public speaking and what advice would you have to share on the subject with others who are looking to start?

32:23
Do you have a story about travelling or living abroad that has impacted you the most?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Taylor Conroy on Twitter
Change Heroes
Journey333 on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

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