John Wood Room To Read Biography

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Leader ship Biography John was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado, a master’s degree in business administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and honorary doctorate degrees in humane letters from the University of San Francisco and Westminster College. John founded Room to Read in 2000, after a fast-paced and distinguished career with Microsoft from 1991 to 1999, where he led marketing and business development teams throughout Asia as the Director of Business Development for the Greater China region and as Director of Marketing for the Asia-Pacific region. As executive chairman of Room to Read, John travels extensively to spread the Room to Read story and secure funding to advance the organization’s vision of empowering millions of children and their families in the developing world through education. Under John’s leadership, Room to Read has impacted the lives of over 3 million children in nine countries throughout Asia and Africa. John Wood is in too much of a…show more content…
In the book, he describes how he raised over $80 million of financial commitments 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.”[1] Translated into 20 languages, the book was selected by Amazon.com as one of the Top Ten Business Narratives of 2006 and voted by Hudson Booksellers as a Top Ten Nonfiction title of 2006. John's book was also featured during his appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2007 and the resulting “Oprah’s Book Drive” with Room to Read raised over $1 million from viewers. Management

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