For more than a decade, Scott Sohr has been working as an entrepreneur in Tennessee. The president of STS Ventures, a startup incubator, he oversees the conception and development of startups in a range of industries, including real estate, healthcare, and financial technology. Outside of work, Scott Sohr supports such charitable organizations as Best Buddies International.
Best Buddies, an organization dedicated to serving individuals with disabilities, divides its programs into three main pillars: one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development. Through its leadership development programs – Ambassadors and Promoters – the organization empowers and educates individuals with and without disabilities to become advocates for an inclusive world.
The Best Buddies Ambassadors program helps individuals with IDD develop self-esteem and public speaking skills. By offering advocacy and public speaking training, the program prepares individuals to advocate for both themselves and others before their communities, local businesses, and legislators. Individuals who participate in the Ambassadors program have continual access to advocacy training from the Best Buddies staff.
Meanwhile, the Promoters program prepares youth to open new Best Buddies programs and chapters. These individuals also receive ongoing support from the organization and each Promoters chapter is assigned a Best Buddies staff member and faculty advisor. With the help of these leaders, Promoters connect with individuals with IDD and work to establish a special education program at their school. They also host events and fundraisers on and off campus that include individuals with IDD.