704 Conley Ave
Columbia, MO 65201
Founder and CEO of Askinosie Chocolate, Shawn Askinosie is an internationally sought-after public speaker. Shawn was recently named by O, The Oprah Magazine as “One of 15 Guys Who Are Saving the World.” They said, “Why we’re fans: The philanthropically-minded chocolate entrepreneur aims to get students thinking about business ethics in a way that could have ripple effects for generations.”
Before founding Askinosie Chocolate in 2005, Shawn had a successful career as a criminal defense lawyer for nearly 20 years, with a number of high profile cases that garnered national media attention. Shawn never lost a criminal jury trial. Since his career change, Shawn’s unique social business model has been profiled by O, The Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, and countless others. He is a contributor for The Huffington Post. Shawn was named the 2013 Humanitarian of the Year by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. He is the co-founder of Lost & Found Grief Center for children and is a Trappist Family Brother at Assumption Abbey (a Cistercian monastery near Ava, Missouri). Shawn is the Mel Carnahan Fellow at Missouri State University’s Public Affairs Academy. The University of Missouri recently honored Shawn with the Distinguished Alumni Award. In May 2012, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Public Affairs degree from Missouri State University to “recognize his contributions as a community leader, an entrepreneur, a role model and an inspiration to students and others.” He serves on the Board of Directors of Sisters of Mercy Health System. The Specialty Food Association selected Shawn as the Business Leadership Award Winner of 2013 as a “food pioneer” who has “advanced food standards in society… through visionary social, economic and environmental efforts.” As a part of the company’s Sustainable Lunch Programs, Askinosie Chocolate is currently providing meals (with the help of local schools’ PTA’s) to over 1,600 students per day in Tanzania and the Philippines, without any donations. Askinosie Chocolate’s award-winning products are sold online, throughout the US, and exported to stores across the globe.