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Purpose, Incorporated: Turning Cause Into Your Competitive Advantage

April 10 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for a lunch to celebrate the launch of the new book by Room to Read Founder, John Wood.

John Wood will be introduced by John Flannery, CEO of GE.

*Guests will receive a complimentary copy of Purpose, Incorporated*

About Purpose

In his new book, Purpose Incorporated, Room to Read Founder John Wood illuminates —through insightful interviews, case studies and compelling data — the myriad ways that companies are using purpose to improve both the world and their bottom line.

There’s a new land of opportunity, and — luckily for all — its streets are paved with Purpose.

Room to Read had its humble origins in 2000 in Nepal, where they began bringing donated books to rural communities. Today, they are a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, they develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

About John Wood

John Wood is the founder of Room to Read and the author of Leaving Microsoft to Change the World. Named as one of the top ten business narratives of 2006 by Amazon and a top-ten nonfiction title by Hudson Books, the memoir was published in twenty-two languages. John was named by Goldman Sachs as one of the world’s one hundred most intriguing entrepreneurs. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, and he was awarded Microsoft’s Alumni of the Year award by Bill and Melinda Gates. At the invitation of Bill Clinton, he served four terms on the advisory board of the Clinton Global Initiative. John lives in Hong Kong with his wife, Amy Powell. His hobbies include trail running, hiking, skiing, reading, and wine.


Endorsed by NEID Member Janet Dracksdorf


April 10
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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