John Salzinger is the Founder, Inventor, and Chief Business Development Officer of MPOWERD. A born entrepreneur and leader, John launched MPOWERD in 2012 as a B Corp and Benefit Corporation with the idea that innovative companies have a responsibility to lead – not only in the marketplace, but also socially and environmentally. With social impact and sustainability always top of mind and integrated in the business model, John focuses on strategic relationships, marketing, sales, impact, and the overall vision for MPOWERD. John activates real-world systemic change through connecting the private sector with NGOs and nonprofits to enable transformational and impactful results.
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John has been foundational to MPOWERD’s product portfolio, having invented and secured ten patents in the past ten years, as well as multiple trademarks. He also created a unique CSR tool, the Give Luci Program, that enables consumers and corporations to participate in the MPOWERD movement of delivering light and power to those in disaster or humanitarian crises. Throughout his career, John has been a steward of creating vehicles for change to better “people and planet,” and is recognized as a leader in the sustainability sector and business industry by B Corporation, Forbes, Business Insider, CNN, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Outside Magazine, Backpacker, Engadget, Gear Junkie, Wired, and many more. John is highlighted as a Worthy 100 Entrepreneur for Environmental Betterment alongside notable other Founders from Warby Parker, Allbirds, Patagonia, Seventh Generation, TOMS, Bombas and Cotopaxi.
Over the course of John’s leadership at MPOWERD, the Company has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Impact Companies by Real Leaders and has received an Aim2Flourish Award for the UN SDG of Partnerships. Furthermore, MPOWERD’s products have received numerous recognitions including the CES Innovation Awards and the Best For the World Changemakers Award; his products have also been Finalists for the Katerva Sustainability Award, Outdoor Retailer Innovation Award, and INDEX Design Award.
In addition to founding multiple companies over his career, he currently serves as an Advisory Councilman for The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University and in the working group Corporate Transparency and Disclosure led by the American Sustainable Business Network (ASBN). John attended Ithaca College with a focus in Communications and has a degree from Hofstra University in Sociology. He is a life-long resident of New York City.
Please connect with John through LinkedIn to start a conversation on potential partnerships and opportunities, or to share ideas on how to make the world a better, more sustainable place for all.