Leaving Microsoft to Change the World

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HarperCollins, Oct 13, 2009 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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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.

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Like the book except for whats stated in page 232, the letter by Erin. John has never visited Sri Lanka, therefore, how could he just believe what Erin has stated in the letter and publish it in the ... Read full review

Review: Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's Children

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Like the book except for whats stated in page 232, the letter by Erin. John has never visited Sri Lanka, therefore, how could he just believe what Erin has stated in the letter and publish it in the ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

After earning an MBA at the prestigious Kellogg School of Management, John Wood worked for several years in banking before joining Microsoft in 1991. Through hard work and determination, he ascended rapidly, earning coveted overseas assignments in Australia and China. While serving as Microsoft's Director of Business Development for the Greater China region, Wood decided to change his life's focus to help children break the cycle of poverty through the lifelong gift of education. In 2000, he founded Room to Read, a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy in Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and soon in Africa. When not traveling the world fund-raising and visiting Room to Read communities, he lives in San Francisco.

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