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Ep 2 - How Her Simple Idea Helped 200 Million Children in Poverty with Kyle Zimmer

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We all know people, including ourselves, who see a pressing need in society and say we have an idea to help solve that problem.

But let’s face it, 99 percent of us don’t follow through. We may take some action, but when we hit the inevitable plateaus or valleys, we call it off.

Not my friend Kyle Zimmer. She had an idea and followed through. On Wednesday, May 19th, the organization she co-founded, First Book, celebrated its 30th Anniversary and has distributed more than 210 million new books to children living in poverty.

With her leadership, First Book developed into an award-winning nonprofit social enterprise furthering educational equity for children in poverty.

I asked Kyle to tell her story with the hope of inspiring others who want to make a difference in the world. My editor said she found herself crying while working on this episode.

Kyle shares insights from her inspiring journey, including:

  • Why she chose a social enterprise model that uses business principles in philanthropy;
  • Shocking research on the lack of books in poor neighborhoods and its impact on children’s long-term success;
  • How she built and maintains a team of high-caliber leaders, who choose First Book over other opportunities to make fortunes in Silicon Valley or on Wall Street;
  • and much more.

I’ve witnessed her personal and organizational challenges over the years and I’m in awe of her intelligence, commitment, and, most of all, grit.

On their 30th Anniversary, I’m honored to share the story of Kyle Zimmer and First Book in this inspiring conversation.

To learn more, register as an educator, or donate visit First Book.

Connect and learn more about Kyle and First Book:

Website:  https://firstbook.org/
Twitter:  @FirstBook and @KyleFirstBook
https://www.linkedin.com/company/first-book/mycompany/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/kyle-zimmer-3a27617/
Facebook: @FirstBook https://www.facebook.com/FirstBook
Instagram:  @firstbookorg  https://www.instagram.com/firstbookorg/

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