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The Tom's of Maine Incubator program was created to resource the next generation of leaders from underrepresented communities who are driving environmental solutions.
Tom's of Maine has put out a call for the second
annual cohort in its Tom's of Maine
Incubator program, which is designed to
resource the next generation of leaders from underrepresented communities who
are driving environmental solutions. The program provides funding, mentorship,
amplification and support to early-career changemakers to empower them to
further the company’s mission to Do Good. For
Global communities are experiencing the effects of climate change today with
record-high temperatures and devastating storms and wildfires. Unfortunately,
many of the communities most severely impacted are underserved and
underrepresented in the climate movement. These voices most affected by climate
change are rarely reflected or engaged in finding solutions.
Tom's of Maine started with a small $5,000 loan and a big dream; and now, the
brand wants to pay it by investing in underrepresented leaders to help them
scale solutions that will benefit all people. The Tom's of Maine Incubator
program provides $20,000 in funding to each of five Incubator Members to
support their work; as well as access to expert mentors, opportunities to
collaborate in person and virtually, and support from the brand to amplify their
message and engagement with their important work.
"We're proud to announce the second year of our Incubator program and reach
additional underrepresented voices in the climate movement," said Michelle
Waring, Steward for Sustainability
and Everyday Good at Tom's of Maine. "Improving representation in the climate
several steps, and our Incubator program is uniquely positioned to address these
challenges through investment, mentorship and education. The Tom's of Maine
Incubator provides early-career talent with various opportunities for growth and
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In 2022, Tom's of Maine introduced the Incubator program to resource the next
generation of leaders from underrepresented communities. The program awarded
$100,000 to five twentysomething changemakers driving engagement in various
aspects of climate justice:
The 2023-2024 cohort will receive mentorship from an esteemed handful of
prominent leaders within the climate movement who are working across sectors to
accelerate environmental solutions:
Maya Penn, founder of Maya's
Ideas — an award-winning slow fashion brand
creating sustainable, artisan crafted, accessories and clothing made from
organic, recycled, and vintage materials.
co-founder of the South Central Youth Leadership Coalition and People Not
Pozos (People Not Oil
Wells) — a
grassroots campaign dedicated to the prioritization of people over corporate
profits in the pursuit of a healthy living environment
Dillon Bernard, Founder and
Chief Creative Officer at Team DB — a creative
collective supporting the digital communications and cultural strategy needs
of purpose-driven brands, organizations, and creators who ignite movements.
To celebrate the launch of this year's program, Tom's of Maine has also
partnered with actor and climate change advocate Arsema
"It's an honor to work with Tom's of Maine to help identify and amplify
underrepresented voices through the Incubator program," Thomas said. "I believe
climate change and equity are not separate issues but are deeply interconnected;
and addressing one requires considering the
The Incubator program provides a seat at the table for many who have potentially
never been invited — and I'm proud to use my platform to shed light to this
The Tom's of Maine Incubator application will be open for four weeks, starting
Tuesday, September 19, 2023; and closing on
Sunday, October 15, 2023. The five final Tom's of Maine
Incubator recipients will be publicly announced in January 2024.
Learn more about the Incubator program and how to apply to the 2023-2024 cohort
Published Sep 25, 2023 8am EDT / 5am PDT / 1pm BST / 2pm CEST