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YPOers Step It Up — Best BHAG of the Year – in celebration of this being Thanksgiving in the US, and given the devastation in Puerto Rico, we're supporting YPO Long Island members Kevin Donnelly & Kevin Gersh connected with YPO Puerto Rico members Jacob Wegrzyn & Alejandro Uriarte in their launch of Operation Toy Story: Puerto Rico.

10,000 Toys for the Displaced Children of Puerto Rico — these entrepreneurs are stepping up to help brighten the holidays and give some hope to the many kids across Puerto Rico that were displaced from their homes by Hurricane Maria. Operation Toy Story is toy drive for the thousands of children that were displaced by the storms and are currently living in shelters (churches, school gymnasiums, community centers, etc.). When it became apparent that many of these children would celebrate the holiday season this year with no gifts, the team launched an effort to lift the kids' spirits in these dark times by collecting gifts at holiday parties and by launching toy drives inside their own businesses.

EO and YPO Chapters Unite — The idea has caught fire and is spreading across both EO and YPO chapters across the US. The goal is to deliver the gifts in time for Three Kings Day, or Los Reyes Magos, which is one of the most significant holidays on the Puerto Rican calendar (January 6th).

Looking for Companies to Join — if your company is looking for a cause this holiday season, join the effort and run holiday toy drives at your own locations in an effort to help these YPOers reach their BHAG of delivering 10,000 presents. If you would like to join the effort, you can find more details at It's pretty simple to join the effort – just collect new, unwrapped gifts and ship to the address on their web site for delivery to their Jacksonville staging facility no later than December 18th and the team will take care of transportation and distribution to the kids. For questions, you can email the team at [email protected]

Happy Thanksgiving! — I love this time of the year – a reminder to give thanks for all we have and to give to others. I hope you'll support this one-of-a-kind effort – or create one of your own.

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Verne Harnish
Verne Harnish
Verne Harnish is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants” and WEO’s “Advanced Business” executive program both held at MIT. Founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company with over 150 coaching partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past three decades helping companies scale-up. The “Growth Guy” syndicated columnist, he’s also the Venture columnist for FORTUNE magazine. He’s the author of Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0); Mastering the Rockefeller Habits; and along with the editors of Fortune, authored The Greatest Business Decisions of All Times," for which Jim Collins wrote the foreword. Verne also chairs FORTUNE Magazine’s annual Leadership and Growth Summits and serves on several boards including chairman of The Riordan Clinic and the newly launched Geoversity. He is an investor in many scale-ups. A father of four, he enjoys piano, tennis, and magic as a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.