Have you ever walked 245 miles
across the state of Ohio? Driven
all night to deliver disaster relief?
Volunteered at 52 different nonprofit
organizations in one year?
Alex Sheen has.
The founder and spokesperson of
“Because I Said I Would” makes a lot of
promises and sets lofty goals. But what sets
him apart is that he actually follows through.
Because I Said I Would is a social movement
and non-profit organization that’s
about making and keeping promises to help
alleviate poverty and suffering and create
more peaceful, giving communities.
We live in a society that often does not respect
the importance of a promise. It is too
easy to say, “I’ll get to it” or “tomorrow.” In
many ways, we have become numb to disappointment
and broken commitments,
according to Sheen. This expectation starts
to fade into our character as individuals –
integrity and keeping your promises are
That’s why Sheen believes that accountability
is the driving force behind positive
Because I Said I Would is a force for good
that was sparked by tragedy, when Sheen’s
father passed away from cancer in 2012.
“What my father did do was keep his
promises – particularly to me and my
brother,” said Sheen. “He really taught us to
be true to our word, keep our promises, and
that’s why I started Because I Said I Would.”
The social movement uses “promise
cards” to represent the commitment and accountability
people put forward to improve
themselves, their communities and the
world around them.
In just two years, Because I Said I Would
has sent over 3.15 million promise cards to
over 153 different countries. The promises
written on these cards have made headlines
around the world. Sheen’s charitable projects
and awareness campaigns have been
featured on ABC World News with Diane
Sawyer, CNN, The Today Show, NPR,
The Los Angeles Times and many other
In Sheen’s keynote session at HRPA’s
Annual Conference and Trade Show, you
will hear insights and actionable ways to become
better at fulfilling commitments, and
understand how to become more accountable
to your promises through compelling,
Attend Alex Sheen’s keynote address at
HRPA’s Annual Conference and Trade Show,
February 3 at 2:00 p.m. ■
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