"To me, global poverty is a humanitarian issue. People are dying, and we can save them - and that ought to be enough." These words from the senior Bill Gates illustrate his commitment to "showing up" for his life and improving the lives of impoverished populations all over the world.
William H. Gates Sr.
Bill Gates Sr. was an attorney who co-founded his own firm and was on the board of Planned Parenthood. Since retiring from law in 1998, he has served as the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and as director for Costco Wholesale. He’s also the author of Showing Up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime as well as Wealth and Commonwealth: Why America Should Tax Accumulated Fortunes.
John Wood is the Founder and Board Co-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 brings to Room to Read a vision for a scalable solution to developing global educational problems, an intense focus on results, and an ability to attract a world-class group of employees, volunteers, and funders. John focuses on long-term strategy, capital acquisition, public speaking, and media. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He was the first Microsoft Alumni of the Year, awarded by Bill and Melinda Gates. John also serves on the Advisory Board of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) and is a three-time CGI speaker. John holds a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Colorado, a master's degree from the Kellogg School of Northwestern University. He teaches at both the Harvard Graduate School of Education and NYU's Stern School of Business.