Events designed to help students, leaders, doers, thinkers, creatives, and young entrepreneurs succeed. Always 100% for free by speakers who are pro-social and highly effective in their fields.

The annual Gotta Be Good Tour brings leaders from business, academia, startups, social work, and beyond to share their unique stories and insights with audiences that care about making an impact. This free event visits over a dozen college campuses, coworking spaces, and startup incubators each year.

“Who are the speakers?”

They are men and women who have achieved excellence in their domains. Some hold multiple advanced degrees; others self-taught after dropping out. Some started companies, others won athletic championships, others quietly innovated behind the scenes. All care deeply about self-improvement, effectiveness, and making the world a better place.

Their stories and backgrounds serve to illustrate the many diverse paths to a meaningful and impactful life. The strategies and skills they share aim to help every audience member forge ahead on their own journey.

“Why do you do this?”

GiveGetWin is a 100% volunteer-driven nonprofit with no salaries, benefits, or convenience expenses (speakers even pay their own travel expenses to be on the Tour). As such, the nonprofit’s success is all about connecting with and being an attractive place to volunteer to talented people who are looking to make a difference in the world while building up their skills, expertise, and relationships.

“What’s GiveGetWin do?”

GiveGetWin is pioneering a new model of philanthropy. The short version is that talented experts or companies donate time, products, or services, which are sold as a “charity deal” with all the proceeds going to charity.

For 2015, we are taking applications for 20 volunteer spots this year. The 2015 volunteer class will receive two weeks of extensive free training in research, productivity, persuasion skills, entrepreneurship, and generally setting up and marketing charity deals. Each volunteer will aim to raise at least $1000 for charity, which will be used to build this year’s project — a school, field hospital, or similar.

The founding idea behind GiveGetWin is that it’s possible to make change in the world by making sure everyone who participates also reaches their own personal goals. Experts and companies who donate their time or service receive new marketing exposure, get to connect with new potential long-term customers, and test new offerings.

Volunteers receive top-notch training and, after training, rapidly gains in ability, responsibility, and autonomy. This leads to great skill building, credentials, relationships, and generalized effectiveness while making a real difference.

The model is working well: we’ve had experts like Brian Sharp (formerly of Bungee working on Halo games, now inventing the future of VR at Oculus), Derek Sivers (built CDBaby into the largest independent music distributor before selling it for $20 million dollars, now a regular speaker at TED and one of the most liked people in the tech community), Miguel Hernandez (runs the popular Grumo Animation Studio in Vancouver, known for making the welcome videos for Ashton Kutcher’s foundation, startups, and nonprofits), Charlie Hoehn (marketing director for numerous bestselling book launches, including Tim Ferriss and Ramit Sethi; now an author himself), Leo Babauta (Time Magazine top 25 blogger worldwide at Zenhabits), Noah Bradley (popular art teacher, illustrator of Magic: The Gathering cards among other things), and many other exceptionally good people.

The Executive Director of CPNC/GiveGetWin is Sebastian Marshall, who, like all other team members, serves without salary, benefits, or other convenience expenses of any sort. The organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organized in Massachusetts.

“Do people like the events?”

As a matter of fact, they do.

We regularly receive testimonials like “this is the best event I’ve ever gone to.” We aim to make every talk relevant to the audience and highly practical, we provide free training beforehand for speakers who have expertise and valuable lessons to share but who haven’t done extensive public speaking yet, we curate and tailor every event to the local audience, and we’ve developed a very special and unique moderated Q&A session that gets people in the audience getting extremely practical and life-improving advice.

“How do I get involved?”

Check our our city schedule to reserve your seat. Add the event to your calendar, and be sure to tell your friends. If they’re the type of person who appreciates personal growth, ambition, and results — you’ll be a hero in their eyes.

If you’re a student club organizer or faculty member, get in touch with us to learn how we can support your existing programs.

  • "I just wanted to thank you again for an amazing evening. It really helped me clarify my goals and where I want to be. I think what you're doing is awesome, and I'll definitely recommend your event to my friends."
    Viet Vu, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC
  • "Thanks again for the talk last night. I took a lot away from it and found it very valuable and time well spent."
    Jeff Edstrom, University of Chicago in Chicago, IL
  • "Thanks for putting the event together with the rest of the GiveGetWin team it was truly a life learning experience and it definitely made me question how I am using my time each day.... I really loved how you all made the crowd feel at ease by interacting with us during the discussion."
    Karla Gregg, General Assembly in Los Angeles, CA
  • "One of the best meetings at The Entrepreneurship Club, probably one of the best interactive sessions I have been to in my life!"
    Aniruddh Ravindran, University of Florida in Gainesville, FL
  • "I just wanted to say thank you to Sebastian, Kai, and Zach for venturing out yesterday and spend some time giving us your advice... I found the session really useful because you were able to provide us one-on-one feedback, and I really enjoyed the fact that everyone provided input to solve our problems."
    Alice Luu, Adobe in Ottawa, ON
  • "The Give Get Win event has, literally, the highest return on my time invested of anything I've ever done in my adult life. What an amazing experience."
    VJ Jain, Broadway Studios in San Francisco, CA