Happy Friday friends!
Today I want to send you off into the weekend with two stories that we were INCREDIBLY lucky to get to tell this year during our Platform at WPPI. The first comes from a girl (Miss Kelly Lemon!) that came into our lives only four or five days earlier out at United. We were casually chatting about brands, taking a look at her website, going about life as if it were normal….and then she dropped a life bomb on us. The kind of thing that makes you look at everything you do differently and with a new kind of gratitude you didn’t know it was possible to feel.
The second is a story that we found out only about a month or so earlier. The story of little Miss Vivienne, only 9 years old, who heard about child slavery & decided she should end it. So she started a lemonade stand with the goal of freeing 500 slaves (which would mean raising $150,000). For 365 days they decided to sell lemonade…..and they surpassed their original goal only halfway in! Her Dad Eric asked her if she wanted to keep going and she said “Is there still child slavery? Then we still keep going!” LOVE that! They have now gone global with their Make a Stand Lemonade company, and just 18 months in Vivienne has already been on national tv shows like the Jeff Probst show, rung the opening bell at Twitter’s IPO at the New York Stock Exchange, and she will be speaking at the United Nations in May. But first, we got her for WPPI!
Below is the video of our WPPI talk put together by the always PHENOMENAL Jeremy Mitchell Cinema, and how these two stories overlap. Kelly is now pursuing a documentary to end human trafficking & Vivienne made her stand to make a STAND against child slavery. I just think it’s such a powerful reminder that wherever you are in your life or your business, however small you might feel- whether you are Kelly Lemon or making lemonade- you can always ALWAYS make a difference!
Video Credit: Still Motion
Video Credit: Nathanael Matanick