Advance Awards Social Impact Category Finalist
Adam Garone is a big-hearted socially savvy change-maker. He co-founded and led the Movember Foundation from its humble beginnings in 2003 in Melbourne Australia to become a global phenomenon, changing not only the face of men’s health, but the way charities operationalise fundraising. He scaled the Movember charity from an idea to a global cult movement and highly impactful social enterprise. To date, 6 million fundraisers and 18 million donors have joined the Movember movement, that together have raised over $1 billion dollars. Movember has funded 1,200 men’s health programs in 21 countries, achieving significant breakthroughs in the way prostate and testicular cancer is diagnosed and treated. Essentially, the Foundation allows us to imagine a future wherein we have effectively cured these cancers and the side effects of treatment are minimised.
Movember also focused on male suicide, the biggest killer of men aged 20-39 eclipsing road deaths, deaths from all cancers and heart disease. Turning this health crisis around is one of Mr Garone’s ongoing passions by inspiring men to talk about the big issues going on in their life, to stay connected with friends and to seek help when it’s needed.
Mr Garone is today channelling his marketing and commercial genius as the CEO of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, leading the organisation through a transition to build the brand and grow revenue in order to deliver more happiness to children undergoing hospital stays. Mr Garone completed a Master of Marketing at Melbourne Business School, providing him with a grounding in digital platform business models. Additionally, his military experience in the Australian Army combined with the challenges of leading Movember through start up, rapid growth, and global expansion equipped him with a unique perspective on the essential skills it takes to build an extraordinary organisation and a global movement including the importance of leadership, culture, teamwork and change management. In 2016, Movember was awarded Cult Brand of the year, in 2013 Mr Garone was awarded the GQ Australia Man of the Year, in 2009 the Melbourne Business School Outstanding Alumnus Award, and in 2008 Enrst & Young Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year. As CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation, Mr Garone is focused on building corporate and philanthropic partnerships that can deliver happiness to seriously ill children.
“Knowing that my work, every day is having a positive impact on so many people. And that my life’s work is my legacy which I hope will inspire others to build a better future.”