My name is Mark Sham and I am the founder and CEO of Suits & Sneakers. As it so often happens with something that is so close to your heart, I battle to sum this passion of mine up in just a few sentences. Ultimately, Suits & Sneakers is my attempt to contribute toward society and help people become better versions of themselves. I know that can sound a bit airy-fairy but that’s the heart of this organisation.
When I started Suits & Sneakers in 2015, I wanted to show the world that the nature of learning and education was shifting. My goal back then was to help the average person see that thanks to the internet, you can learn almost anything, at any time, at virtually no cost. I call this informal education and I believe it is as important as formal education. In fact, I believe these two forms of education have to live side-by-side (which is where the name Suits & Sneakers comes from.
Suits & Sneakers has become well-known because of the events we have hosted over the last few years. My idea was to use these events to show people directly how learning has changed instead of speaking or writing about it. To this day, we pick any topic or theme we think more people should know about and then we create an event around it. As you can imagine, the themes range vastly across the board because there is so much to learn about this world. I knew these events would do well because I am an avid TED talks fan and I loved their “ideas worth sharing” model.
Since 2015, we have hosted hundreds of events in many cities all over the world and had thousands of people attend our events. Sometimes we host small invite-only events for 20 or 30 people and other times, we host events for 3,500 in one go. We love events because there’s something so powerful about people coming together to learn and connect in a community setting.