MORROW, Ga—An entrepreneur known worldwide for his compassion recently visited Clayton State University to talk about social enterprise.
Rony Delgarde, Founder and CEO of Global Paint for Charity, spoke to students in Dr. Leon Prieto’s “Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship” class February 22. The socially-conscious businessman shared his professional journey and advised students on best practices in launching and managing their own social enterprise.
Delgarde’s organization collects, sorts, consolidates and repackages unused paint from commercial businesses and residential households then donates the final products to vulnerable populations worldwide. He has shipped as many as 5000-6000 gallons of paint at a time for construction and rejuvenation of schools, churches, orphanages, hospitals , and homes including the buildings affected by the 2010 earthquake that killed over 200,000 in Haiti.
A native of Haiti, Delgarde came to the United States with $5 in his pocket and managed to work diligently to obtain a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration, and eventually build his own social enterprise. His business has even been featured on CNN.
Sararsha Glover, a senior Liberal Studies major from Fairburn, Georgia, says she is most impressed about his accomplishments and inspired to not let anything deter her from her own dreams.
“What motivated me most about Mr. Delgarde’s presentation was how he was able to make tremendous strides in America in less than 15 years. He came to this country from Haiti, not knowing how to speak English, but because he had a passion and an idea he has been able to successfully create and sustain a social enterprise that’s respected internationally. What I learned from the presentation was that, I cannot allow fear or limitations keep me away from fulfilling my dreams.”
Dr. Prieto agrees and says the world needs more business leaders like Delgarde.
“We need more individuals like Mr. Delgarde to help solve complex problems facing society, and it is my goal as an educator to motivate my students to utilize business principles to conceptualize and implement solutions to some of the most pressing issues in a sustainable and responsible way, and I truly appreciate that Mr. Delgarde shared his knowledge with my students and let them know that they too can become social entrepreneurs”.