#28: Jumping Without a Safety Net - Lori Myren-Manbeck


“Most of us want kindness. We start there.” 

Lori Myren-Manbeck is the founder and CEO of Inclusivi-tee, a subscription-based t-shirt company that donates to “forward-focused” non-profit organizations.

Lori holds a PhD in Geriatric Psychology and has enjoyed a fulfilling career providing care to vulnerable individuals. Today, Lori’s passion for “taking care of each other” has never been stronger.

In November of 2016, Lori noticed a deeper level of concern about the environment and social inequality.  She quickly decided she had to do more.

Equipped with little business experience, Lori established Inclusivi-tee as a public benefit corporation and has faced a bittersweet challenge ever sense. The entrepreneur talks about taking the biggest risk of her life, and despite years of trying to hide from the world, she is now out front leading with her heart. 


Editor's Note: The audio introduction states that Inclusivi-tee donates 100% of its profits, and the business model did commence this way. However, they recently shifted to 50% as part of their learning process. 

Topics mentioned:

  • Raising $25,000 on Kickstarter
  • Planned Parenthood criticism

  • Her experiences with the United Church of Christ

  • Feeling invisible in her youth

  • Documentary - Word of Honour: Reclaiming Mandela’s Promise

  • Spirituality and shared consciousness.

  • 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

  • Common ground is shared kindness

  • 2017: A year of saying yes

Lori's Favorites in the Twin Cities

Favorite Meal Under $15:

  • Qdoba (nachos and queso dip)

Favorite Public Space:

Favorite Annual Event:

Most fascinating person you know?

How would you describe the Twin Cities?

  • “Wonderful place for art, culture, and theatre. You can always find something unique and fun to do.”

State of the Union Message

  • “It is imperative that we continue to watch out for each other and take care of each other."