It was a life changing risk. But it was a well calculated risk.
Change was a siren call to Philip Gilpin. He left his corporate job, emptied his savings and started the International Green Shield, a non-profit organization with a mission to protect people affected by harsh climates and natural disasters.
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The organization's preventive construction projects use green technologies. Eco-friendly materials are used for complete construction of new homes, schools and other buildings.
His mission was changed from research to service.
"We're a company of young people that are actually doing it," Gilpin said.
Gilpin formed a young, driven team of talent. He formed a business with a $100,000 budget to really change a community.