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



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 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


  • 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


Stay tuned for updates on my next Fathom trip here!


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


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


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

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
2002- 2003

Technical Marketing Manager

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.



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


Motivational Leader

Strategic Thinker


Hard worker


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


  • 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


Off to Cuba!


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