Tara Varga Russell
Global Impact Executive & Proud Mom
Founder, President, Global Impact Lead
Fathom Travel of Carnival Corporation & PLC

MY IFOLIO SUMMARY

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Tara Varga Russell
Founder, President, Global Impact Lead
Fathom Travel
of Carnival Corporation

My passion for engineering new solutions began as a student and continues today in my role as Founder and President of Fathom Travel, a new business within Carnival Corporation.

  • My experience working for Fortune 500 companies and for global ventures sharpened my skills in strategy, product development, and new venture development.
  • My process engineering and agile development skills were sharpened at General Motors, Intel, and Nike.
  • Fathom combines travel and social impact into a consumer business offering.

What is Fathom About?

Why does Fathom Exist?

MY MISSION

My goal is to enable consumers across the globe to experience and enjoy a new travel option combined with social impact, through Fathom Travel. Fathom delivers to the market a business model that enables a service that is a sustainable business.

#Traveldeep #Experienceimpact #Togetherweswarm

IFOLIO KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • New Venture Development: Fathom Travel at Carnival Corporation
  • Global Partnership Development: Fathom Travel launched a business/service venture to Cuba
  • Innovative Engineering: Create Common Good created a new social impact solution for vulnerable women.
  • Development: Saturn Corporation’s New Vehicle Build & Launch Project in Shanghai in 1999

New Venture Development

Fathom Travel at Carnival Corporation

FATHOM EXPERIENCE DIARY

Stay tuned for updates on my next Fathom trip here!

EXPERIENCE

Founder, President, & Global Impact Lead
Fathom Travel of Carnival Corporation & PLC

www.fathom.org

Fathom launches a new business model for Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise company serving nearly 11 million people around the world every year, combining travel and social impact into a consumer experience that is mindful, purpose-driven, and sustainable.

  • Russell generated the idea for Fathom in 2013 and led research, design and development of the brand, business model, and experience from January 2014 to launch in June 2015.
  • Carnival launched Fathom business in 2015, with Russell responsible for Fathom and the corporation’s global impact programs, reporting to Arnold Donald, President and CEO of Carnival Corporation.
  • Fathom launched initial impact travel experiences to the Dominican Republic and Cuba (previously closed to the first world).

Founder & CEO
Create Common Good

www.createcommongood.org

Create Common Good (CCG) is a non-profit social enterprise that provides training and employment opportunities to refugees and other vulnerable groups with barriers to employment.

  • Russelll created CCG in 2008 to change lives and empower self-sufficiency through a creative food production-social enterprise model, and is currently Chairman of the Board of CCG.
  • CCG has delivered more than 100,000 job training hours, with average employment success outcome of over 90%.
  • CCG has returned over $18 Million back into the community via graduate earned wages.
  • The organization was awarded grants from Newmand’s Own Foundation and the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health for their work to promote healthy eating habits through snack and grab & go production.

Founding Team
Jitasa

In 2007, Russell was part of the founding team of Jitasa, a for-profit social venture that provides affordable financial services to the non-profit industry.

  • Jitasa has become a profitable, global enterprise serving hundreds of global social sector enterprises, including Boy Scouts of America and many other large, scalable impact entities.
  • Jitasa is a certified B-Corporation with offices in the US, Thailand and Bosnia.

Footware Product Development Manager
Nike
2002- 2003

Technical Marketing Manager
Intel

2001- 2002

Selected for Emerging Leaders program and had the opportunity to work with the executive team.

Process Engineering Manager
General Motors
1996- 2000
Chosen to represent Saturn Corporation in the Shanghai GM New Vehicle Build & Launch Project in 1999 in China.

SKILLS

LIFE PHILOSOPHY

“I’m passionately committed to using business as a vehicle for scalable social impact, marrying real market demand with social needs.”

STRENGTHS

Motivational Leader

Strategic Thinker

Persuasive

Hard worker

EDUCATION

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, with Highest Honors, Georgia Institute of Technology

HONORS

  • Honored by World Economic Forum global leader community with invitation to be a Founding Curator for a Global Shapers World Economic Forum Community in 2014
  • Serves on numerous community and advisory boards including St. Luke’s Health System and Boise State Venture College
  • National and International speaker on social enterprise and impact innovation
  • PRAXIS Fellow
  • Published travel writer
  • Awarded ‘Tribute to Women in Idaho Award’
  • Awarded ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Boise Chamber of Commerce
  • Awarded ‘Accomplished Under 40’ by Idaho Business Review
  • Awarded Social Entrepreneurship Partner by Atlas Holdings Inaugural Foundation
  • Non-profit of the year for Create Common Good from Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce

ACTIVITIES/INTEREST

Off to Cuba!

Traveling

I’ve traveled to China, Europe, Mexico, Singapore, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Thailand.

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Running

Music