Mallory Brown, ’08

Brown in Ethiopia for World Clothes Line
Brown in Ethiopia for World Clothes Line

2016 Elkin R. Isaac Alumni Lecture

“Lessons Learned from a Mud Hut: What Travel Has Taught Me”

Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Towsley Lecture Hall/Norris 101

On a post-college backpacking trip to Southeast Asia, Mallory Brown's eyes were opened to the needs of others and the realization that she had the resources and desire to address these needs in a profound and positive way.

In 2010, she founded World Clothes Line, an apparel company with a "Buy 1, Give 1" mission that matches every item sold with a new item for someone in need. Since its launch, Brown has personally delivered new clothing in 17 countries.

Six years later, Brown is a successful social entrepreneur, worldwide adventure traveler, and international humanitarian. She is the first brand ambassador for CrowdRise, the largest crowdfunding platform for good. As director of the CrowdRise 24-Hour Impact Project, Brown runs flash fundraisers on the ground for various causes around the globe. In 2015, she raised more than $80,000 with six 24-hour campaigns in six different countries for six different causes.

In 2016, Brown is extending her philanthropic reach with her personal brand, Travel Mal. As a consultancy, Travel Mal helps for-profit companies embrace innovative strategies for corporate giving. As a public speaker, Brown encourages the next generation to think globally and give back.

Most recently, Brown became a founding director of global non-profit Chefs4Kids. The company works with nationwide restaurants and food industry celebrities to organize and promote philanthropic events. As director of communications, Brown works with organization partners in Haiti, Honduras, and other developing countries.

Brown's efforts have been featured by NBC's Today show, The New York Times, Crain's Detroit Business, The Huffington Post, and Ambassador magazine. Her work has attracted corporate sponsorship from organizations such as Ford Motor Company, Moosejaw Mountaineering, Zappos, CreateMyTee, and Meijer. Brown shared her approach to philanthropy at TedxDetroit 2015 with a talk titled "How to Save the World Before You're 30."

Brown grew up in Farmington Hills, Michigan. At Albion, she was a double major in economics and management and French and was a member of the Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management. In 2011, Brown received the College's Young Alumni Award.