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Shawn Askinosie Brings Sweet Innovation to Drury

For Immediate Release: January 21

Rebecca Denton
Theme Year Co-Director
Assistant Professor of Education
Phone: (417) 873-7377

SPRINGFIELD , Mo. , January 21, 2009 — Shawn Askinosie presents “Beyond Company Borders: Giving Farmers a Stake in the Outcome,” at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 29 in Clara Thompson Hall.

Askinosie left a career as a successful criminal defense attorney to start making chocolate from scratch. The idea for Askinosie Chocolate was born in 2005 during a drive through Santa Fe, N.M., after Askinosie attended a family member's funeral. Starting from a background where he only knew that chocolate was something you used to make cupcakes; Askinosie learned the chocolate business from the bean up.

He now visits the farmers in Mexico and Ecuador who supply his cocoa beans to share the profits of his sales. His is a firm believer in fair trade, and through his chocolate adventure, he strives to make this world a little bit sweeter.

Drury University 's 2008-2009 convocation series Entrepreneurship & Innovation focuses on unique and innovative approaches to business, social and environmental issues. This series features the stories of individuals and organizations who apply energy and ingenuity to improve their world.

Events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Rebecca Denton at (417) 873-7377, or by e-mail at, or visit


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