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Thanks to Bob Kane and First Niagara for hosting us at the Speaker Reception last Thursday. We had a wonderful time with amazing views at the Seaport Museum. As always, thanks to Brulee Catering for the great food. We welcomed John Wood to Philadelphia and got to learn more about his amazing charity, Room to Read. Thanks to everyone for joining us for a great night!
Thank you for sharing your morning with us. We hope John Wood’s story was inspiring and you walked away seeking to find a sense of purpose for you or your company
Congratulations to our friend, Sam Stroback from Today’s Systems for receiving the VIP award today. Thanks for being a loyal friend and BCAProud.
A warm welcome to Janis and Steve Sweeney from National Employee Management Resources, the newest members of the BCA Family. Thanks Chuck Polin, Training Resource Group for recommending such great members.
You don’t want to miss our upcoming June events and hear guest speaker, John Wood’s story. Don’t forget to be generous and invite your friends, clients and prospects to hear John Wood’s inspiring journey to change to world.
We are so excited to meet founder of Room to Read, John Wood. Did you know… As of Q1 2016, Room to Read has led over 2,400 school infrastructure projects, opened over 18,000 libraries filled with 16 million books, and published over 1,200 original new local-language children’s book titles with local authors and artists. There are over 37,000 girls who have benefited from participation in the organization’s long-term girls education program. Pretty awesome! Read the rest of this entry »
BCA is excited to announce the June 10th Hospitality Breakfast guest speaker, Founder of Room to Read, John Wood. John Wood is the founder and board cochair of Room to Read, an organization that seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. At age 35, Wood left an executive career track at Microsoft to form Room to Read. The business acumen honed there, combined with his passion to change the world, makes Wood a unique and inspiring speaker with universal appeal.
Wood’s award-winning memoir, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children, tells how he raised over $200 million from a “standing start” to develop one of the fastest-growing nonprofits in history. The book was described by Publishers’ Weekly in a starred review as “an infectiously inspiring read.” Translated into 20 languages, it is popular with entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and educators alike, and was selected by Amazon.com as one of the Top Ten Business Narratives of 2006 and voted a Top Ten Nonfiction title of 2006 by Hudson Booksellers. The book was also featured during Wood’s appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show and the resulting “Oprahs Book Drive” with Room to Read raised over $3 million from viewers.
Wood’s latest book is entitled Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy. This sequel tells the story of how the organization has successfully tackled next steps–including “scaling beyond my wildest dreams” while maintaining integrity and raising money in a collapsing economy. Kirkus Reviews calls it “an absorbing personal account of a remarkable achievement.”
Today, Wood focuses full-time on long-term strategy, capital acquisition, public speaking, and media opportunities for the organization. Wood also teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and New York Universitys Stern School of Business and serves on the Advisory Board of the Clinton Global Initiative.