Designed by two loving parents, Bart is released in Warsaw, Poland on the date of 11.11.1979.
A New Land
The Skorupa clan leaves their native Poland to Champaign, Illinois. In the heartland of America, Bart 2.0 is raised bilingual and bicultural.
Bart receives a Bachelor’s degree in Finance with an emphasis on Economics and German at the University of Illinois.
After a prodigious career of management consulting helping Fortune 500 companies scale their business, Bart senses something fundamentally missing in his life.
While volunteering in Madagascar, Bart develops an ulcer in right eye. A local doctors cuts of out the ulcer with a small knife. He is blinded.
The doctor heals Bart’s eye and a greater vision is uncovered: there are leaders everywhere can who improve the wellbeing of people.
Groundwork Opportunities (GO)
Together with Kyle Miller, Bart launches GO, a nonprofit that invests in global leadership with a $2,000 and an infinite amount of hope, naïveté, grit, and determination.
GO grows beyond their wildest dreams, raising $5M+ for global leaders creating world beyond poverty. Bart shares his lessons of successes + failures at SOCAP, Opportunity Collaboration, Summit Series, and Dreamforce. He is awarded a Cordes Fellowship and Dell honors him as one of the 25 World Changemakers.
We Are One
Bart joins his life with Heather Grabowski in Zanzibar, surrounded by a circle of friends and family, their souls united for the rest of their lives.
Start Something Good
Together with Seamus Harte, an instructor at the Stanford dschool, Bart launches Start Something Good to help others design and iterate a better human experience.
Button It Up
Together with his wife Heather, the social venture Button It Up Events is launched to create and fulfill events that matter.
Start Something Good
Stories of Ordinary People Becoming Leaders Through Failure and Perseverance.
After an eye emergency in Madagascar that literally changed his vision on life, Bart Skorupa dedicated his life to improving the wellbeing of people by investing in leadership on a global scale.
He is the co-founder of Groundwork Opportunities (GO), a nonprofit that began with a $1,000 investment and raised millions of dollars for local leaders implementing innovative solutions to craft a better and more just world. In previous lives, Bart earned a BA in Finance at the University of Illinois and then worked 8 years as a management consultant at Accenture and Slalom Consulting. He worked with senior leadership at 10+ Fortune 500 companies in both the USA and Europe. Bart continues his passion as a social entrepreneur and worked with amazing people to help launch various for-purpose companies including GO, Start Something Good, and Button It Up Events.
He has traveled to over 100 countries and in 2014, Dell honored him as one of the 25 World Change-makers alongside Lauren Bush, Edward Norton, and Adam Braun. When not working with tomorrow’s change-makers today, Bart finds inspiration and gratitude by reflecting on the joy of just being, right here, right now.