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Mike Thorne

Managing Partner and Founder, Ask Inside, LLC

Mike was adopted as an infant, and was blessed to have a loving and permanent family. Mike’s interest in fighting for equity of access to resources is partially a result of his adoptive childhood. His discovery of his birth family later in life inspired an awareness of how access to opportunities is tied to childhood circumstances. That awareness created a commitment to ensuring that all kids, especially those in under-served communities, have access to the programs that will help them to be successful.

Mike is a seasoned executive with more than 15 years of senior executive experience working with people and organizations to play a bigger game in life and business including Yankee Candle, Rawlings Sporting Goods, and Russell Athletic. He is a systems entrepreneur – an integrated approach to effecting positive change by getting everyone involved and focused on addressing an issue. In 2016 he left the corporate world and started his own advocacy, investment, and consulting business called askinside.net. Ask Inside is a business consultant and community development organization working to improve opportunity for youth through music, arts and sports programs . We are committed to working with founder-led mission-driven small businesses, striving to improve economic and social well being for high potential, under served communities and youth.

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