Founder and Board Co-chair of Room to Read
At age 35, inspired by visit to a dilapidated Nepali primary school with an empty library, John Wood left an executive career track at Microsoft to build one of the fastest-growing non-profits in history. In just 13 years and from a standing start, Room to Read has opened 1,675 schools and more than 15,000 libraries across ten developing countries. What's more, Room to Read is on track to meet an audacious goal: reach 10 million of the world's poorest children by 2015.
Comedian, Actress, Former Saturday Night Live Cast Member and Cancer Survivor
Julia Sweeney is best known for her four hit seasons on Saturday Night Live and her most popular character while on that show "Pat". As a solo performer, Julia Sweeney explores the issues of love, cancer, family and faith. She has garnered critical acclaim for her one-person-shows, God Said, "Ha!", In The Family Way, and Letting Go of God. God Said, "Ha!" played on Broadway at the Lyceum Theater in 1996 and was released as a film, produced by Quentin Tarantino, in 1998. Letting Go of God has also been made into a film.
Co-Host of Lifetime’s Morning Show, The Balancing Act, Emcee, Media Host
Julie Moran joined The Balancing Act as a Celebrity Guest Host for the Mother’s Day Special in 2012 and from there launched her role as a full-time host for the show in early 2013.
Speaker, Work/Life Strategy Expert, Bestselling Author
Kristen Brown is your Chief Culture Officer helping organizations build happy and productive teams. She uses proven tools and systems to reduce stress, ignite creativity and inspire action. She is a Bestselling Author, Speaker, Consultant and Widow Mom with over 15 years in leadership positions in corporate America, a Master’s Certificate in Integral Theory (the art & science of multiple perspectives) and a Holistic Coaching certification.
Host, Our America with Lisa Ling on OWN, Journalist, Author, Correspondent, National Geographic Explorer
Journalist Lisa Ling travels around the world, bringing attention to stories that often go unreported. As the field correspondent for OWN – The Oprah Winfrey Network and contributor to ABC News’ Nightline and National Geographic’s Explorer, Ling reported from dozens of countries, covering stories ranging from gang rape in the Congo and bride burning in India to the treatment of animals on farms here in the United States.
Writer, Director Producer, Activist, Author
Lisa Niemi Swayze has spent decades in the film industry, both in front of and behind the cameras. She has written, directed and produced several films and plays, and as an actress, Lisa has held many film, television, and Broadway roles.