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Being Intentional In the Marketplace

Being Intentional In the Marketplace


My name is Sam Bright. I’m the Vice President and
General Manager of Soft Goods here at eBay. I’ve had a really
fortunate journey. I’m the product of an
immigrant dad from Ghana, a mom from Indiana,
who were both pastors, raised me in Peoria, Illinois. They really instilled
in me the values of not only education
and hard work, but also just service
to the community. And that’s part of what
ultimately all these years later attracted me to
eBay, where we provide the opportunity to empower small
businesses and entrepreneurs on our platform, to not
only provide for themselves and their families,
but often to go beyond just commerce to driving
social good in the world. We’re highly intentional
about the philanthropic work that we do on the marketplace. We think about diversity,
philanthropy, and business and how all three pillars
intersect with each other to provide the most
optimal outcome. One of the partnerships
was incredibly meaningful to me was the
collaboration with Hebru Brantley. Several years ago, I lost
my mother to breast cancer. And Hebru had gone through
a similar situation, unbeknownst to me,
and lost his mother. And he created a
limited edition print that was called Darker than the
Color of My True Love’s Hair, and he released it on
International Women’s Day only on eBay. And it sold out in a few hours,
which is a phenomenal business outcome. But also, what was so
meaningful is the fact that a significant
portion of the proceeds went to benefit the Breast
Cancer Research Foundation. As a leader who’s been
personally impacted by loss on International Women’s
Day to see an exclusive item not only drive a business
outcome but more importantly benefit a cause that was
important and meaningful and then, in parallel, also
reflect diversity, that to me is a holy grail. And that’s the power of eBay.

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