kenton lee

Regular guy doing incredible things through passion, hard work, and relentless innovation.

kenton lee

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Regular guy doing incredible things
through passion, hard work, and
relentless innovation.

My Story

My goal in life is to keep things simple.  I am still working on that – probably a lifelong endeavor. 

But I have been able to simplify a few things in my life.  I really believe in practical compassion - doing small things that make a BIG difference.  My faith is a driver of my worldview, actions, and attitudes; and my faith is centered on Jesus.  The way that He lived a life of unconditional love is how I want to live life, too.  Also, I absolutely adore living in Nampa, Idaho with my wife Nikki, son Kenny, and daughter Rosie.

Practical Compassion is all about doing small things to help people have a better regular, everyday life.  I try to focus on this in my neighborhood and city through my involvement with my local Rotary club, Salvation Army, planning neighborhood events, and trying to be a good guy.  I also try to live out practical compassion internationally through my organization Because International.  We try to make things better by making better things.  Our first project is a shoe that adjusts and expands its size.  We call it The Shoe That Grows.

And I love living in my hometown of Nampa, Idaho.  I am an Idaho boy.  That is a fact.  I love fishing.  I love the outdoors.  I love the little local events that happen here in Nampa – from the Farmer’s Market, to anything happening Downtown, to the awesome fundraisers for local charities.  I serve on a few boards of local organizations and committees of civic clubs.  I read the local paper everyday.  My family and I love our life in Nampa, Idaho.
Thanks for checking out my website.  I love connecting with people.  Feel free to reach out to me if you would like me to speak to your group or consult on any projects you are working on.  I believe we are all in this together; and I would love to help you out.

I love making new friends and connecting with people.  Give me a holler anytime at or call/text at 208-989-8867. Thanks!

One day when I was living and working in Nairobi, Kenya at an orphanage with about 140 kids – I was walking to church with all the kids.  I looked down at the little girl in a white dress next to me and was shocked to see that her shoes were way too small.  They were so small she had to cut open the front of her shoes to let her toes stick out.

That was the day when the idea for The Shoe That Grows was born.

Fast forward through six years of hard work, failing, designing, failing some more, and ultimately creating The Shoe That Grows.  A shoe that grows 5 sizes and lasts up to 5 years.  Our website does a much better job telling the story of The Shoe and providing a ton of info.

Check out The Shoe WebsiteVisit The Shoe Website

There is just something special about my hometown of Nampa, Idaho.  It is nestled in the Treasure Valley – about 20 minutes from the capital city of Boise.  It is home to about 90,000 people.  And it has been my home since I was born 30 years ago.

My wife, little son Kenny, and I love our life here in Nampa.  We love doing local activities.  Walking to Downtown Nampa for the Saturday Farmer’s Market, Fourth Friday concerts, and other festivals are a favorite thing to do.  We love having coffee (iced chai for me!) at the Flying M Coffee Garage.  And we love eating pizza at Messenger Pizza.

We also love helping other people and projects in Nampa, too.  I serve on the Advisory Board for the Nampa Salvation Army.  I am also on the design committee for the Nampa Downtown Association.  I am a part of the local Nampa Rotary club that does awesome events and activities for the community.  We love being involved with the Nampa Family Community Shelter and our local school district, too.

Our life is Nampa is such a big part of who we are as a family.  And it is a big part of who I am.  I love being an Idahoan.  And I absolutely love life here in Nampa.


“I will go anywhere and speak to anybody about the things I believe in.”

That is my philosophy.  I have spoken at large youth camps.  I have spoken to churches – both large and small.  I really enjoy speaking to college students and young adults.  And I have spoken to small groups like nursing homes, small businesses, Rotary clubs, and other groups.  Heck, I even like talking to people one-on-one over coffee.  I just loving talking about the things I believe in.

I love talking about The Shoe That Grows and our organization Because International.  I believe in Practical Compassion - small things that make a BIG difference.  I enjoy speaking about innovation, entrepreneurship, and overcoming obstacles.  Whenever I speak, I like to make it fun, share some stories, and have a good time.

And anytime that I speak anywhere - all of the money I receive goes right into the work that we are doing with The Shoe That Grows.  I use my speaking as fundraising for our cause.  It would be an absolute honor if you would join our mission by having me come and speak to your group.

Speaking topics

Practical Compassion

Anyone can make an impact because small things really do make a BIG difference.  Whether it is across the street or around the world - you can live a life of practical compassion by doing simple things to help others.

Participants can expect to be inspired to engage their own ideas for helping others.  And they will see themselves and their power to make a difference in a new light.

Entrepreneurs Just Keep Going

The life and work of an entrepreneur is difficult. Good things don't happen overnight.  But if you believe in what you are doing - you can make it happen.  You have to just keep going.  Over obstacles.  Through distractions. Past rejection.  Just keep going.

Participants can expect to be inspired to pursue their business ideas and solutions and realize the incredible power of determination.  They will be energized to get started, keep going, try again, or wherever they are on their entrepreneurial journey.

Innovation as Problem-Solving

Anyone can be an innovator because innovation at its core is finding a solution to a problem.  Whether you are creative or not - you can open your eyes and ears to the pain points of people around you.  Then you can work together with others to create practical solutions. We can all do that.

Participants will learn that you don't have to be creative to be an innovator.  They will gain a better perspective of innovation through the lens of problem-solving.  And they will be empowered to believe that anyone and everyone can solve problems.

social Good in Your Heart, Work, and Life

Helping others and helping the earth is something that everyone can do.  Social good begins in your heart.  And then it can extend to your work and all areas of your life.  It might be easier (and harder) than you think to live with a mission of bringing good things to the world.

Participants can expect to be resourced as to how their life, work, and heart can combine to make a difference in the world.  Everyone will know that they can make the world a better place by taking a Big Picture view of social good and their work and lives.

Contact Me

I love making new friends and connecting with people.  Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or just to chat.  Here are the best ways to contact me or keep up with what’s happening in my life.

Phone: 208.989.8867
Fbook: Kenton Lee
Twitter: @kentonarthurlee
Google+: Kenton Lee

Mailing Address:
216 12th Ave. N.
Nampa, ID 83687