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Our Philosophy | The Cause Bar
 

We believe that our everyday choices matter most. We strive to inspire and educate our audience to lead a social good lifestyle.

We seek to inspire through elevated storytelling about bold movements driving positive change in our world, while creating an inclusive and kind community.

We believe that every person has the power to be a changemaker. Once each of us has been inspired to get involved in making a difference, we are forever changed for the better.

We know certain issues and causes can be overwhelming and intimidating. We aren't extremists. We support our audience in taking each step, no matter the size, towards creating positive change. 

 
 
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Our Mission | The Cause Bar
 

We all want to make a positive impact in more than just a reactive, emergency relief or holiday giving basis. But in this busy world, the majority are lacking the time, energy, and inspiration on how to live a more social good lifestyle. The Cause Bar exists to inspire, connect, and equip busy change makers to live out the lifestyle of positive change they wish to see in the world.

 
 
 
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Our Community | The Cause Bar
 
 

We dream of a world where every person is inspired and equipped to create positive change.  We also believe change is catalyzed through community, which is why The Cause Bar is forming a bold and compassionate community to inspire this change in our world.

 
 
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Our Story | The Cause Bar
 
 

Having a birthday that falls on Earth Day, it was basically predetermined that I should be environmentally conscientious and socially responsible.

I am of Ukrainian descent. My grandmother was a seamstress & embroiderer.  I've witnessed firsthand the care, attention and time she put into every article she handcrafted, and it's forever embedded in me just how invaluable it is to support a local community’s culture and heritage.

I'm a philanthropist at heart and always stood by the belief that even one person or one small act can make a huge impact.  I've had the opportunity to organize and partake in mission trips to India, Portugal and Tijuana, work with the sustainable organizations Habitat for Humanity and Heifer International, co-found an NYC based Charity Organization with the focus of raising awareness around locally based causes, sit on the Board of a Global 501c3 empowering artisan women through employment and education, and am a Council Member for an LA-based nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the intergenerational cycle of poverty.  

As I started my own family in my 30's, and experienced the balancing act of having a full time career and two children (Luka and Kosette), the ability to give back in the same ways I once did was becoming increasingly challenging.  The time to research events and causes, let alone participate physically, was becoming more limited. The most simple and immediate way for me to continue to support these causes is by attending and supporting fundraising events, and purchasing brands with a positive impact.  

So often, I receive inquiries on the products I own or causes I support...it made me realize that there is a community of individuals out there just like me who want to do more. It also made me realize that there remains a need for awareness around these brands and causes, and a stimulus to get started.  So I have committed to doing my best in bringing these brands and causes to you through my own personal experiences. My hope is that you will feel more educated and inspired to "do good" in whatever way you choose.

With love and gratitude,
Kristiana

 
 
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Our Founder | The Cause Bar
 
 
Kristiana Tarnuzzer, The Cause Bar Founder
 

KRISTIANA TARNUZZER

Founder, The Cause Bar
Mom of 2

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A performance-driven leader with 18 years experience across marketing, sales and advertising, Kristiana is a true philanthropist at heart.  My ‘super power’ of building long-term collaborative relationships, coupled with my belief that one small act can make a huge impact, has been the premise behind founding The Cause Bar.

 
 
 
The Cause Bar Advisory Board
 
Dierdre King, The Cause Bar Advisory Board Member

DIERDRE KING

Creative Director, Indego Africa
Mom of 3 | Creative Guru + Social Good Evangelist

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Deirdre received a B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 2007 and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2010. After graduating law school, where she focused on women's and refugee rights in Africa, she joined non-profit Indego Africa as Creative Director, taking the reins of Indego Africa's growing creative and sales departments. Deirdre has spoken at Parsons the New School for Design, Princeton University, FIT, NYU Stern and Columbia Law on global markets, fashion as a social venture, ethical design, sustainable sourcing, and careers in socially responsible commerce. Maternal health and refugee rights are the causes closest to her heart.

Shachar Scott, The Cause Bar Advisory Board Member

SHACHAR SCOTT

Global Head of Marketing, Snap Inc
Mom of Twins | Marketing Maven

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Shachar leads International Marketing at Snap Inc. Over the last two decades, Shachar has helped to build global brands and startups. After graduating from UMass at Amherst, Shachar turned to women’s politics, and worked to legalize emergency contraception. She attended Columbia University in New York to obtain her Master of Science in Strategic Communications. In 2011, Shachar was recruited by Apple to lead marketing for Apple’s digital advertising platform, then joined Snapchat in 2017. Shachar is the Chair, Board of Directors, SAY.org, and has been a lifelong activist and supporter of their mission of empowering and educating young people who stutter.

 
Dean Gavoni, The Cause Bar Advisory Board Member

DEAN GAVONI

Founder, Siren Studios
Dad of 2 | Business + Enterprise Authority

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Dean Gavoni is the founder of Siren Studios and has been developing and operating studios in the Los Angeles area for over 10 years.  Dean’s unique operating philosophy is to take a hands-on approach with a strong element of hospitality and white glove service.  This approach has been the main appeal to the world’s largest media content creators. By being able to anticipate the unique needs of such clients, Dean has been able to secure long term management agreements with companies such as Netflix, Buzzfeed, Universal, and many others on multiple campuses across the globe.  Dean’s passion point is children, a long time supporter of organizations with missions in ending childhood hunger, homelessness and disease.

Monique Otero, The Cause Bar Advisory Board Member

MONIQUE OTERO

Founder, Brunchpants
Mom of 2 | Influencer on all things Design + Branding

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With a background in Interior Architecture and over 10 years in marketing and operations, Monique currently creates content for brands and social media through @brunchpants. Monique began her career in hospitality design in New York with Adam Tihany, managing restaurant projects for Thomas Keller and meticulously space planning cruise ships and hotels.  She later made the switch to brand management at Starwood Hotels where she was tasked with leading global rollouts of key initiatives and perfecting the hotel guest experience.  Monique left Starwood to run the business operations for Madeline Weinrib NYC, a handmade textile company, before moving to Los Angeles in 2016.  Monique is most passionate about supporting the education of girls globally and environmental protection.

 
 
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Our Team | The Cause Bar
 
 
Priscilla Vega, The Cause Bar Team Member

PRISCILLA VEGA

Communication + Strategy Consultant

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Heather Roma, The Cause Bar Team Member

HEATHER ROMA

Communication + Strategy Consultant

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Lauren Miura, The Cause Bar Team Member

LAUREN MIURA

Contributing Editor

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Lauren is a writer and communications strategist for global and national causes. She began her career as a journalist, and has spent the past 15 years in marketing and communications for leading organizations, including 10 years at The Nature Conservancy. Her passion is helping organizations and brands tell their amazing stories of impact. Protecting the environment and helping children in need are the causes closest to her heart.

Mel Kaspin Blume, The Cause Bar Team Member

MEL KASPIN BLUME

Contributing Editor

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Mel is an LA-based copywriter, storyteller, wife, mama of two, and seriously loves ice cream. A Jersey girl at heart, Mel explored the NYC fashion world before moving to the West Coast. Soon after, she started writing for Yahoo, Guess and Disney Consumer Products, where she was the Head Writer for over 5 years. Mel started her own company in April 2018, onceuponablume.com, and has since acquired clients of all sizes and stages, including Forbes. Mel and her husband support the Concern Foundation, Neighborhood Music School and Toy Loan. Mel believes in the power of the written word, and looks forward to start mentoring young writers next spring.

Brooks Dibble, The Cause Bar Team Member

BROOKS DIBBLE

Contributing Editor

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Brooks is a marketer, writer, brand builder and communications strategist with a passion for helping entrepreneurs market, grow and develop their businesses. She jumped into the communications industry 15 years ago and began by working at leading lifestyle brands, including Real Simple, Food & Wine, Departures and Travel + Leisure. After a stop at a marketing services agency where she honed her strategic planning skills, Brooks founded her own consultancy where she supports emerging businesses. Her career path introduced her to two causes closest to her heart, addiction recovery and supporting women in business.

 
 
 
 

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