Latitude is a for-profit creative agency, powered by purpose.

Powered by purpose, Krista Carrol of Latitude

Krista Carrol, Latitude

In November 2009, Krista and her husband were in their 30s and, as she told me, “chasing the American dream really hard.” They were being financially successful but lacked a level of meaning and purpose. It was during a trip to Haiti that they witnessed extreme poverty for the first time. In response to this life-changing experience, they decided to form a social enterprise. In order to avoid debt, Krista, her husband, and two small children moved into her parents’ basement.

Their company, Latitude is a for-profit, full-service creative agency. They do amazingly great work in brand design and experience design. What makes Latitude unique is that they donate 50% of their profits to help women and children in the developing world.

They work primarily with three nonprofit partners in 18 countries. They have been able to direct $2.7 million to trusted nonprofits. Through International Justice Mission, they have rescued over 2,600 people from sex trafficking and slavery. They have partnered with Healing Haiti to build a medical and dental clinic. They have built homes and an orphanage. Through their work, over 13 million gallons of clean water has been delivered. They have partnered with Opportunity International to fund several thousand microloans for women entrepreneurs. They also partnered with Opportunity International on an entrepreneurial High School in Nicaragua. Several hundred students have attended. They have provided food through Feed My Starving Children. They partnered with Matter on equipping clinics in Honduras and Mongolia. They have provided desks and supplies to schools for girls in Afghanistan.

Quotes from Krista Carroll on Being Powered by Purpose

“You need to know how to set people up for success.” Click to Tweet

“We looked at these children who were so similar to our own children. The only difference was that they were born in a different latitude and longitude in which opportunity was scarce.”

“We have to win our business on being excellent providers.” Click to Tweet

“We have had virtually zero turnover with our clients.”

“There’s no room for anything less than excellence and sustainability.”

“The partnership between a for-profit and a nonprofit challenges each of us to think holistically.”

“It’s a constant process of poking holes in your own plans.” Click to Tweet

“As a CEO, I’ve come to terms with being misunderstood at times.” Click to Tweet

“One unexpected benefit of being a company that is powered by purpose has been the incredible talent that we have attracted.”

“Limit your debt and limit the complexity.” Click to Tweet

“Use the gifts you’ve been given to empower those who have not been given as much.”

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About the Author
Tony Loyd is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and coach. He facilitates the growth of purpose-driven changemakers so that they can thrive and increase their impact. Tony has been personally trained in the science of climate change by former Vice President Al Gore, Chairman of the Climate Reality Project. The Climate Reality Project is a grassroots network of more than 20,000 trained leaders who live and work all over the world. Tony is the Executive Producer of the podcast Social Entrepreneur where he shares positive stories from underrepresented voices, focused on solutions. Social Entrepreneur is downloaded more than half a million times in over 180 countries. He is a TEDx speaker and the best-selling author of Crazy Good Advice: 10 Lessons Learned from 150 Leading Social Entrepreneurs. He is a former Fortune 500 executive with companies such as John Deere, Medtronic, and Buffalo Wild Wings. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, talent management, and leadership development.

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