Jim Gibbons




Forward Impact Enterprises


Founder and President of Forward Impact Enterprises, Jim Gibbons is the former President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International, an internationally recognized social enterprise of independent, community-based agencies in the United States and Canada, as well as 14 affiliate members in 13 other countries. In 2017, Goodwill assisted approximately 10 million people with job training. Goodwill generates approximately $5.7 billion in annual revenues through 162 local agencies supporting 3,000 retail stores and 125,000 employees. During Gibbons’ tenure, Goodwill was ranked in the top five brands of the Brand World Value Index for inspiring consumers the most with its mission. Goodwill was also on the Forbes’ list of Top 20 Most Inspiring Companies for three consecutive years. In 2017, Gibbons was named to the Nonprofit Times’ Power & Influence Top 50. Jim Gibbons joined Goodwill in April 2008 and retired in August 2018. Prior to Goodwill, Gibbons served as the President and CEO of National Industries for the Blind (NIB), a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with more than 88 associated agencies around the country to enhance economic opportunities and professional development for people who are blind. Through comprehensive marketing and branding strategies, and an emphasis on aggressive mission measures, Gibbons transformed the nearly 70-year-old NIB into a results-oriented social enterprise for the 21st century. Gibbons earned his B.S. in industrial engineering from Purdue University, and a M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, where he was the first blind person to graduate with a master’s in business administration. He has served on the Harvard Business School Alumni Association Board of Directors and Executive Committee as well as the Board of Directors of the Independent Sector, SourceAmerica, and Credential Engine.
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