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The global health paradox: Sean Kelly at TEDxColumbiaEngineeringSchool

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Published on Nov 8, 2013

Sean Kelly is a social entrepreneur and nutrition activist who has grown two industry-changing nutrition-focused startups into multimillion-dollar companies -- all before the age of 30. In 2008, Sean co-founded HUMAN ("Helping Unite Mankind And Nutrition") Healthy Vending, America's premier healthy foods distribution platform, and now serves as its CEO.
Disrupting the junk-food-focused $42B vending industry and transforming the way people snack across the world, HUMAN Healthy Vending delivers on its vision to "make healthy food more convenient than junk food" via healthy vending machines, healthy micro markets, and other innovative automated retail technologies. One of Inc Magazine's 2013 "Fastest Growing Private Companies in America" (#168 on the INC 500), HUMAN delivers a wide variety of healthful snacks, fresh produce, organic fair-trade coffees, and locally-sourced foods to schools, corporations, YMCAs, hospitals, community centers and more.
Headquartered in Culver City, CA, HUMAN currently has over 30 employees, 200 franchisees/partners and thousands of healthy vending machine and micromarket locations across the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.
Sean donates 10% of his company's profits to charities that fight the causes of childhood obesity and malnutrition, with a predominate recipient of those funds being HUMAN's non-profit arm, HUMAN Everywhere. Serving as director of this charity, Sean oversees its mission to teach real-world social entrepreneurship and nutrition education to students in underserved communities via its flagship program, The Young Entrepreneur's Program.
Sean holds a B.S. in biomedical engineering from Columbia University and has been named in Forbes' "Top 30 Under 30" (2012), CNN Money's "Top 10 Generation Next Entrepreneurs" list, BusinessWeek's "Top 25 Young Entrepreneurs" list and Mother Nature Network's "Innovation Generation: 30 Fresh Thinkers Helping Humanity Adapt to What's Next."
Sean is a member of the Young Entrepreneur's Council, Milken Institute's Young Leadership Circle and the Young Presidents' Organization, is a Green Dot Schools Entrepreneurial Ambassador, and sits on the board of Common Threads and HUMAN Everywhere. Sean holds two national championship medals from his days as a freestyle snowboarder. When he's not using the power of business to solve social problems, Sean can be found running on the beach, cycling or practicing yoga in the early mornings, exploring the world by way of adventure travel, wine tasting with his wife Shannon, mentoring other entrepreneurs, or cheering on Michigan Wolverines' sports teams.

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