Michael Kalish Sculpture, Inc.
Partner, Raise The Caliber™
Like no other American artist of his time, Michael Kalish is recognized for inventing an entire genre and brand out of a license plate and for creating distinctive iconic sculptures made solely from recycled materials. Over the past 20 years Kalish has been creating work that hang in Galleries and Museums around the Globe in private collections of world leaders, fortune 100 companies, past Presidents, professional athletes and musicians. His unique position as a preeminent arbiter of style and taste has led to features in People Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Details, Wired, ArtNews and the feature of stories on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, E! MSN, TLC, and most recently the host of Discovery Channel’s – “Final Offer”.
Jewelry for a Cause, Founder & CEO
Founder, Raise The Caliber™
In the beginning, there was Jewelry for a Cause
–a company devoted to the idea that purchasing
jewelry could indeed be guilt-free, even an act of philanthropy. In 2008, Jessica Mindich, a former lawyer and mother of two, came up with a simple concept for a one-of-a-kind company. She would design inexpensive and wearable pieces for schools and charities to sell at a profit for their own fundraising purposes. As the business developed, consumers became increasingly interested in Jessica’s eye-catching designs and begun purchasing them for themselves or as gifts–in these cases, Jessica made a commitment to donate 20 percent of the proceeds from many of
her jewelry lines to the charities of her clients’ choice.
My preteen years were spent as a professional “athoner” —jumpathons, walkathons, readathons, bakeathons, telethons, you name it, I was in! I truly believed that a day spent on roller-skates, covering maybe 6 miles, and raising maybe $45 dollars for any cause would change the world and was the coolest way to spend the day.
There were hundreds of us “athoning” for various causes every weekend. I loved being a part of that positive energy. We even made fun t-shirts to wear while “athoning.” I was raised in a family that embodied the spirit that everyone had the duty to do what they could to help repair the world. And I had great role models, no video games, and parents who convinced me that I had the power to make a difference. I never remember feeling that living my life any other way was an option.