John Wood Talks at Google: Room to Read: From Start to Success

John Wood at a recent “Talk at Google” event, talked about how the charity collaborated with local governments, schools, communities and families to ensure they understood the importance of literacy and the role that they could play in helping girls and women achieve their full potential. He was joined by Saluom Lak, one of the charities success cases from Cambodia who gave some insight into how Room to Read has changed her life.

Room to Read has for several years been one of Google Zürich’s most loved charities, frequently appearing in GServe and Giving Week. Watch the video below to learn more about Room to Read and John Wood:

John WoodJohn Wood is the founder of multi-awarded organization Room to Read..

At 35, John left an executive track at Microsoft and discovered a passion for helping children and promoting literacy. His award-winning memoir, “Leaving Microsoft to Change the World” was described by Publishers’ Weekly as “an infectiously inspiring read, Amazon named it “one of the Top Ten Business Narratives of 2006” and Hudson Booksellers voted it to their “Top Ten Nonfiction” list. The book has since been translated into 23 languages and is popular with entrepreneurs, philanthropists and educators. John’s book is called “Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy” has been endorsed by Bill Clinton, Melinda Gates and Sheryl Sandberg. His latest book “Purpose, Incorporated: Turning Cause Into Your Competitive Advantage” has also received praise and recommendations after its release in late 2017.

John Wood’s illustrious resume includes the following details:

  • MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University)
  • a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in finance (University of Colorado)
  • honorary doctorates (McGill University, Westminster College, Wofford College and University of San Francisco)
  • three years on the Advisory Board of the Clinton Global Initiative
  • lecturer at Harvard Business School, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Policy
  • former Board member of the College Advising Corps, Net Impact and the One Acre Fund
  • on the Advisory Boards of Global Citizen Year, Possible Health, and the “Getting to Carnegie” competition
  • five-time winner of Fast Company Magazine’s Social Capitalist Award
  • one of Goldman Sachs’ 25 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs
  • named an Asian Hero by Time Magazine
  • one of  the Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum
  • Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute
  • first-ever recipient of the Microsoft Alumnus of the Year medal
  • awarded by Queen Silvia of Sweden with theWorld’s Children’s Prize
  • Asia Society’s “Service to Society” awardee
  • given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Tribeca Film Festival

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