Founder and CEO, Room to Read
John Wood is the founder of Room to Read, an organization that believes World Change Starts with Educated Children.® Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Since 2000, Room to Read has impacted the lives of nearly nine million children by providing increased access to high-quality educational opportunities through its network of libraries and schools, local language children’s books and its girls’ education program. Read More >
"John Wood was great, from beginning to end. His assistant was great and easy to work with; he was easy to work with, was great on our planning call. And of course, best of all, he was incredibly inspirational at the event. The next day at several high-level meetings, people were quoting him, which is what we want. We want people to be moved to take action, which I think they will. Our event theme was “What Do You Do with an Idea,” which was based on a children’s book where a child nurtures an idea through ups and downs and changes the world. We wanted to challenge our audience to find the courage to nurture big ideas like: What would it take to cut our child poverty rate in half in the next 10 years? What ideas do we have about what it would look like to ensure every child enters school ready to learn? How could we cut the college remediation rate in half in the next five years? John Wood himself is an example of nurturing a BIG idea. But he was also an incredible messenger. He said to our audience, “Bold goals attract bold people. Who do you want to surround yourself with?” It was another great event for us, one people are still talking about. So thank you!!"
"John did an outstanding job. I can only imagine how difficult it is to fly into a community for a day and try to deliver a meaningful and personal commencement address. He did a great job and people are still talking about it."
"Wood was an absolutely fantastic speaker. I think his real magic was being able to tie some of the current events in our community (which we shared with him prior to his remarks) to his own experiences. He also appeals broadly to both the nonprofit and corporate worlds (which we find important when soliciting corporate sponsorships of the event), particularly when explaining how applying his business experience to building a successful nonprofit. Additionally, he and his staff are wonderful to work with, and he was fantastic one on one with our donors at a pre-luncheon meet-and-greet reception. He is unbelievable. Amazing."
"John spoke at our 500 person marketing conference and was an amazing inspiration to our global team. Here is someone who is literally changing the world, and he invites you to participate. He does so with humor, energy and no guilt. If you want to hear a story that will end with a standing ovation, invite John to speak (and then donate to his organization)!"
"John is a breath of fresh air to executives and professionals who are typically caught up in their busy lives. He connects with people’s natural desire to do good for society. John was a big hit at our Software 2004 conference, where he received a standing ovation from over 1,000 CEOs, VPs and VCs. He is an engaging speaker who is guaranteed to make people passionate about life."
"John was fantastic! Everyone loved him and we were extremely pleased with having him at our conference."