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Mark L. Goldsmith

Social Entrepreneur

Mark Goldsmith is a former executive in the cosmetics industry with thirty-five years of experience in the corporate world. In 2003, after retiring, he discovered a passion for helping young men in the criminal justice system get on a path to success. Every year since then, his not-for-profit, Getting Out and StayingOut (GOSO), has helped more than a thousand young men attain educational goals and jobs that lead to careers.


Mr. Goldsmith has been recognized for his decades of leadership and his stalwart commitment to using his life experience to help young people stay out of the criminal justice system at GOSO.

From Madison Avenue To Rikers Island

From Madison Avenue to Rikers Island

The Making of a Social Entrepreneur

After a long and successful career in advertising, Mark Goldsmith visited Rikers Island as a volunteer for the Principal for a Day program at the jail’s high school, Horizon Academy. Having spent his professional life in executive leadership roles, Goldsmith instantly recognized the potential for success in the inmates and…

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