WHO ARE THEY?
These brothers, Bradford and Bryan Manning, are social entrepreneurs on a mission to cure blindness. At the age of 7, they were both diagnosed with an eye disease that destroys central vision over time. To fight back, they left their former careers in finance to propel a small charitable clothing company, Two Blind Brothers, into one of the fastest growing charitable brands in the country with endorsements from Ellen DeGeneres, Ashton Kutcher, Richard Branson, NBC Nightly News, and many others.
LEADING THE WAY
Their leadership on topics such as "purpose-driven" work, family, overcoming disability, and launching a social enterprise has also attracted the attention of major corporations and conferences. Some of these partners include AT&T, TEDx, Sotheby's, Foundation Fighting Blindness, and the Life Is Beautiful Festival.
Their luxury clothing project is focused on quality, comfort, and "sense of touch". The brothers hired an organization of 70% blind and visually-impaired workers to produce the clothing in Dallas, Texas. Two Blind Brothers donates 100% of its profits to researchers and the Foundation Fighting Blindness to find cures for blindness. The funds from Two Blind Brothers are driving life-changing treatments that are already being used in patients such as the “Voretigene Neparvovec” treatment, a gene therapy developed by Spark Therapeutics.
BUILDING THE COMMUNITY
The brothers are evangelists for charitable and social enterprises. They empower others through advice and consultation on branding, story-telling, corporate responsibility, and sustainable fashion. They use social media to host weekly shows to promote these ideas and to connect the visually-impaired community. In their first year, their weekly shows and videos have received over 10 million views.
Bradford and Bryan are originally from Charlottesville, Virginia and currently both live together in New York City.
Click to watch Bradford & Bryan @ The Life is Beautiful Festival, The Ellen Degeneres Show, and A Vision for the Future Dinner for the Foundation Fighting Blindness
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Before Two Blind Brothers, Bradford worked in finance in various positions within investment advisory firms including PBM Capital, Rothschild, US Trust, and Macoma Capital Group where he focused on business development, deal sourcing, and diligence. He still serves as a director at Tiger Lily Capital.
Bradford is a member of the board of directors for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. At 7 years old, Bradford was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease, a form of macular degeneration.
Bradford received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Virginia and a Master of Arts in Psychology from Columbia University.
Before Two Blind Brothers, Bryan worked in the financial technology space for S&P Global Market Intelligence and Oracle on their respective sales teams.
At the age of 7, Bryan was diagnosed with Stargardt's disease, a juvenile form of macular degeneration and has become an evangelist for the fight against blindness.
Bryan received his Bachelors of Science in Applied Statistics with a concentration in Econometrics from the University of Virginia. He and his brother both live in New York City.