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Jim Gibbons is president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International, Inc., an internationally recognized leading social enterprise providing employment, job training, and other community-based programs for people with disabilities, those who lack education or job experience, and others facing challenges to finding employment. Gibbons joined Goodwill in 2008 following ten years as president and CEO of National Industries for the Blind (NIB), where he transformed the 70-year-old non-profit corporation into a results-oriented social enterprise for the 21st century through comprehensive marketing and branding strategies with an emphasis on aggressive mission measures. Prior to NIB, Gibbons was president and CEO of Campus Wide Access Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T.

Gibbons is a 2012 board member of the National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board, sponsored by ACT, Inc. He is also a member of Leadership 18 and the Young Presidents' Organization. He has served on the Harvard Business School Alumni Association Board of Directors and Executive Committee; as a board member of the National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind; President of the World Blind Union (WBU) North American/Caribbean Region; member of the Executive Committee, WBU; and Chairman of the Employment Committee, WBU.

An expert at social enterprise management, socioeconomic program strategy, and leadership skills development, Gibbons is a veteran speaker, guest lecturer, and information resource for advocates, educators, and journalists. He has been featured in several publications, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, and interviewed by CNN, CNN Radio, DowJones, FOX Business News, Hearst Argyle, MarketWatch Radio, NBC Nightly News, and NPR.

Gibbons earned his B.S. in industrial engineering from Purdue University, and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, where he was the first blind person to graduate with a master's in business administration. Gibbons has received several awards and recognitions for his work, including the 2010 National Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged. In December 2010, Gibbons was appointed by President Obama to serve for two years on the White House Council for Community Solutions.




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