Wharton grad creates ‘Clove’ shoes for health care workers inspired by his wife

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Before the pandemic, a local entrepreneur and his wife, a nurse here in Philadelphia, saw the need for footwear that could meet the specific demands of our health care workers.

Right now, we all know how hard they are working. They are on their feet for hours, so they need something comfortable, but also footwear that’s easy to sanitize, especially in this crisis.

They call the company Clove.

“The inspiration actually came from my wife, Tamara, who’s a registered nurse here in Philly,” says Joe Ammon, the creator and CEO of Clove.

“I watched her buy four shoes in four months,” said Ammon.

So the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania grad set out to create the ultimate footwear for her, and all of our health care workers.

“We jokingly say if a sneaker and a clog had a baby, it would be Clove,” said Ammon.

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STEM creates pathways for students’ futures | Columnists

Editor’s Note: The following is Mary Ann Wolf’s “Final Word” from the Sept. 19 broadcast of Education Matters “STEM Engagement.”

Because of the age of my own children — in college and high school — I have the opportunity to hear firsthand (or at least hear) about what students are planning to do after their formal education. It has amazed me recently to appreciate how many students have a sense of what they want to do in their careers — whether to be a computer programmer, a journalist, a dentist or an engineer.

When I dig deeper, however, I quickly realize that these students who know what they want to do have something in common. They all were exposed to the possibilities of their fields early. They had a chance to understand what a job might be through many different avenues.

They had the opportunity to know enough to pursue

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Wish Wednesday: Dentist Office Creates Sunshine Boxes for Wish Kids | KLBK | KAMC

For Dr. Jason White, D.D.S., a long time supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he’s seeing the first hand affects the coronavirus is having on not just the kids, but also the organization.

“With the COVID hitting, all the non-profits have been hit extremely hard,” said White.

He knows dozens of kids on the South Plains are in a holding pattern right now.

“There’s a lot of kids in West Texas that deserve to have a wish come true,” said White. “And right now with the funds being cut, we’re not able to do those sort of things.”

He knew he wanted to do something to brighten their day.

“So what we came up with was sunshine boxes.” said White.

It became a friendly competition between for his team to see who could come up with the best boxes.

“[We] represent five kids throughout West Texas. From Seminole, to Lubbock to

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