Net Impact NYC Hosts John Wood, Founder of Room to Read

Net Impact NYC and the Kellogg Alumni Club of New York are thrilled to co-host a discussion with John Wood, Founder and Board Co-Chair of Room to Read.  On Wednesday, May 16, join us for a great evening at Green Spaces.  John will talk about how he applied lessons from his career at Microsoft to create large-scale social change by founding Room to Read. His talk will be followed by a Q+A and networking session with light refreshments.


Cost $5.00 for Net Impact Supporting Members / $10 for everyone else / $15 at the door

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John Wood is the founder and board chair of Room to Read. He started Room to Read after a fast-paced and distinguished career with Microsoft from 1991 to 1999. He was in charge of marketing and business development teams throughout Asia, including serving as director of business development for the Greater China region and as director of marketing for the Asia-Pacific region. John continues to bring Room to Read a vision for a scalable solution to developing global educational problems with an intense focus on results and an ability to attract a world-class group of employees, volunteers, and funders. Today, John focuses full-time on long-term strategy, capital acquisition, public speaking, and media opportunities for the organization. John also teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and New York University’s Stern School of Business and serves on the Advisory Board of the Clinton Global Initiative. John holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree from the Kellogg School of Northwestern University.



Room to Read
We envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.

To achieve this goal, we focus on two areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education.  We work in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.

Green Spaces

We provide the infrastructure for triple bottom line companies to work and grow. With locations in New York and Colorado, our coworking centers are hubs for sustainable business leaders. Our offices gather social entrepreneurs, startups and freelancers alike. 

We build strong community, offer special events, serve as connectors, and have been home to more than 300 game-changing startups and organizations. Our network is broad in scope. Currently we are home to more than 100 companies, 60 in NYC and 40 in Colorado. We have more than 10,000 subscribers nationwide. 40,000 people visit our website annually. We also started the Green Leaders Global network, fostering dialogue and uniting more than 1,000 executives in social entrepreneurship.

We’re proud to be a part of your work in this new age. Today, the term “Green Spaces” has come to embody: a global culture, a society for change makers, a recognizable term for movers & shakers, a mecca for people who think big and do good, and a local place with a global impact.