Christian Birky

Hosted at Ponyride

part of a series on Ethics


About the speaker

Christian Birky started Lazlo after graduating from Princeton in 2013, where a stint tutoring at a prison led to a thesis on prison policy. He has a background in social innovation spanning from youth-led grantmaking to a pony-powered, emissions-free lawn service he started at age 11 with his sister Kathryn.

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Additional details

Doors open for coffee and mingling at 8:30. The talk will begin at 9:00.

February’s theme is ethics. Our speaker is Christian Birky, founder of Lazlo, a t-shirt producer who sources American-grown cotton and employs former Michigan inmates in its studio in Corktown’s Ponyride.

From Christian: “I plan to talk about what it means to be an ethical business in every sense of the word. I’ll talk about the lack of infrastructure in place to support ethical businesses, and why I see this as a tremendous opportunity, especially in Detroit. I’ll share some of the challenges we’ve faced in starting Lazlo and the framework we use to make decisions on everything from wages and pricing to fabric sourcing and product design.”