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Founder

Rod Mickels

“By giving, I’ve received more than I could have ever imagined.”

Rod Mickels doesn’t measure his success by the awards or accolades he’s earned in his career; instead, Rod measures his success by the smiles and hugs he gets whenever he visits Africa. To see how far some of the kids have come over the last several years is tremendously rewarding.

Rod has always believed in sharing his good fortune with others—it’s something he’s deeply passionate about. Philanthropy is a foundational principle of InVision Communications, the audience engagement company Rod co-founded in 1991. As CEO, he has guided his company from just a handful of employees to 130+ people, with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago and New York. In addition to heading up The Giving Exchange, Rod serves on the board for the Cancer Support Community organization. He also donates time and energy to many causes, including the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and the California Symphony Board.