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Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's Childrenby John Wood
Synopses & Reviews
John Wood discovered his passion, his greatest success, and his life's work not at business school or helping lead Microsoft's charge into Asia in the 1990s but on a soul-searching trip to the Himalayas. He made the difficult decision to walk away from his lucrative career to create Room to Read, a nonprofit organization that promotes education across the developing world. By the end of 2007, the organization will have established over 5,000 libraries and 400 schools, and awarded long-term scholarships to more than 3,000 girls, giving more than one million children the lifelong gift of education.
If you have ever pondered abandoning your desk job for an adventure and an opportunity to give back, Wood's story will inspire you. He offers a vivid, emotional, and absorbing tale of how to take the lessons learned at a hard-charging company like Microsoft and apply them to the world's most pressing social problems.
Describes how the author, a former rising executive at Microsoft, experienced a profound change of perspective after a visit to Nepal and eventually created the non-profit program Room to Read, a network of schools and libraries throughout rural and poor communities in Asia and Africa. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
Table of Contents
Part .1. Discovering Nepal; leaving Microsoft — "Perhaps, Sir, you will someday come back with books" — An idea burns by candlelight — You need to get home soon! — Woody and John's excellent adventure — Debating a radical change — Lonely in a city of 12 million strangers — Gates in China — Walking away — Part. 2. Starting over — The start-up years: an object in motion remains in motion — Making the ask - Expansion beyond Nepal — A postcard from Nepal — What every entrepreneur needs: a strong second-in-command — September 11 — Building "the Microsoft of nonprofits" — Building the network — You life is a mess — Part 3. Hitting our stride — Putting girls in their place--school! — "Count me in, Don" — The students of Cambodia — The network goes into overdrive — Democracy in action in India — The tsunami — The millionth book — The next chapter of my adult life — Update: 2007.
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