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Room to Read: John Wood


John Wood left a lucrative career at Microsoft to found Room to Read, a global charity that has helped more than six million children in developing countries to become literate in their native language – and was one of the fastest-growing non-profits in history.

In Creating Room to Read, he tells his story: how he raises money, how he decides where to establish libraries (more than 13,000 have opened in Asia and Africa), and how he copes with the inevitable challenges along the way.

How do you turn an idealistic dream into practical reality? John tells how. He’ll talk about how he achieved his vision … and his goal for reaching 10 million children by 2015.



John Wood

John Wood is founder of Room to Read, a non-profit dedicated to delivering literacy and gender equality in education. John was Microsoft’s Director of Business Development for the Greater China Region until 1999. In that year, after a holiday in rural China, he abandoned a high-flying corporate ca... Read more


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