Elizabeth Schirmer Shores
Elizabeth currently leads Sweetwater Energy’s global sales and services division, and is responsible for the strategic planning and execution of business development and market intelligence programs. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Rochester Women’s Council, is a Compeer Youth Mentor, and a member of the Women in Cleantech and Sustainability Association and the United Way Women’s Leadership Council. She was awarded the 2014 Rochester Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award for her combined civic and business contributions to her hometown Rochester, New York, where she is also a certified yoga instructor.
Patrick leads operational business planning for Merck & Co., Inc.’s U.S. Virology sales division. He also leads Global Employee Engagement efforts in support of Merck for Mothers, a $500B 10-year initiative to eliminate preventable maternal mortality around the world. He was awarded the Richard T. Clark Fellowship for World Health during which he spent four months providing strategic consultation in Uganda to NGO, Program for Accessible Heath, Communication, & Education (PACE-Uganda) in support of the local advancement of the Merck for Mothers program in Uganda. He serves on the Board of Directors for the South Sudan Village Care Foundation. Patrick is also an Ironman triathlete and a certified USA Triathlon coach.
A Letter from the Founders:
It all started with one question: How can we improve the quality of life for women and children in the places we travel to, despite not having any medical or technical education?
While planning a safari vacation to Kenya in 2012, this question surrounded all of our planning discussions. We began researching ways to get connected with impoverished locals via non-profits in Nairobi. While we ended up linking up with a charitable organization which we deemed to be trustworthy, safe, and a good steward of our charitable contribution, it was such a daunting task to triage all of them. What’s more, finding a way to have a sustainable and meaningful impact well after we left the country seemed to be an even more difficult task. A unique opportunity was borne by this struggle: We could leverage our network to make it easy for travelers to Give Back As You Go™! Shortly after, Untapped Shores was established.
While we do hope that giving people a taste of a mini mission trip experience breeds the next generation of great humanitarians and philanthropists, our mission is focused first and foremost on impact. More specifically, sustainable impact, long after our ambassadors depart from their meetings with our partner charities and resume their travel itinerary. All of the technologies which we invest in will address a significant need for vulnerable populations around the world, be easy to teach, be easily and safely transportable in luggage, and most importantly, will have sustainable life-changing impact to the recipients.
Our Untapped Shores Travel Ambassadors provide feedback which helps us to continuously to refine our business model. All that means is that it each day it becomes easier for you to Give Back as You Go™. Each time we talk with an enthusiastic traveler or grateful woman or orphan recipient, it’s just one more proof point that we all can make a meaningful difference. And we’re onto something – more and more travelers wish to have a positive impact on the destinations they visit for vacation or business travel. Now you can join the revolution, and save lives by packing – on purpose.
Where will you take Untapped Shores next?Cheers, Elizabeth and Patrick