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Religion  Jewish
Siblings  Scooter Braun
Education  Brown University
Role  Author
Name  Adam Braun

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Born  October 31, 1983 (age 32) (1983-10-31) New York City
Occupation  Founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise
Spouse  Tehillah Voslevitz (m. 2014)
Books  The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change
Nominations  Goodreads Choice Awards Best Business Books
Similar People  Scooter Braun, Yael Cohen, Scott Braun, Sugata Mitra, Lewis Howes

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Adam Braun (born October 31, 1983, New York City) is an American entrepreneur, bestselling author, and philanthropist. He is the Founder of Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that builds schools and increases access to education for children in the developing world.


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He is also the creator of the “for-purpose” approach and wrote the New York Times bestselling book, The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change.

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Braun was born in New York City to a religious Conservative Jewish family and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut with his siblings Scott (better known as music promoter Scooter Braun), Liza, Sam, and Cornelio.

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Adam attended Brown University, where he played varsity basketball for the Brown Bears and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in economics, sociology, and public & private sector organizations.

Braun went abroad through the Semester at Sea program to see the world while studying and traveled to over fifty countries after graduation. While visiting different countries, Adam asked local kids what they wanted most in the world. In India, a young boy begging on the streets told Adam that he wanted a pencil. Adam gave the boy his own pencil, but this story served as the inspiration for Braun and finally led him to start his own organization, Pencils of Promise.

Prior to founding Pencils of Promise, Braun worked at Bain & Company in 2007-2010.

Braun founded Pencils of Promise as he turned 25 years old in October 2008 with a $25 bank deposit, focusing on crowdsourcing through grassroots events and social media to raise funds. Within four years Pencils of Promise founded over a hundred schools. As of 2017, they have broken ground on more than 410 schools and served more than 70,000 children throughout the developing world.

Braun's public speaking and writing frequently advocates for the adoption of a “for-purpose” approach, which he established as a framework to help organizations and companies succeed. His term "profitable purpose” has also seen widespread cultural adoption. Both terms were unveiled during a keynote at the Google Zeitgeist Conference, and have since gained traction with companies and publications including Huffington Post, Fast Company and Mashable.

The Promise of a Pencil

The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change debuted at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list after being released on March 18, 2014 by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

The narrative-driven memoir is broken into thirty short chapters, each titled with a mantra, which collectively provide the guiding steps to a life of success and significance. After selling out on Amazon within five days of release, the book became an Amazon #1 Bestseller and was listed on LinkedIn as one of the “5 Books Every 20-Something Needs to Read”. In July 2014 it was recognized as the #1 bestselling book in the country under “What Corporate America is Reading."


  • Business Insider 40 Under 40 List
  • Forbes 30 Under 30 List
  • Wired Magazine's Smart List of 50 People Changing the World.
  • One of the first ten World Economic Forum Global Shapers selected
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