30 Years BOLD: Colorado Children’s Campaign Annual Luncheon

Colorado Children’s Campaign brings together big thinkers, including Room to Read Founder John Wood, to explore how ideas can change the world.

Contact: Tara Manthey
Title: Communications Director
Phone: (720) 256-1312
Email: tara@coloradokids.org

30 Years BOLD: Colorado Children’s Campaign Annual Luncheon

Colorado Children’s Campaign brings together big thinkers, including Room to Read Founder John Wood, to explore how ideas can change the world.


November 23rd, 2015

CCC_30YRLogo_4c_horiz-01Denver, CO – The Colorado Children’s Campaign will mark its 30th Anniversary with an exploration of how ideas become movements at its 2015 Annual Luncheon on Dec. 2 at the Seawell Grand Ballroom.

Three decades ago, a handful of child advocates came together to lay the groundwork for a non-partisan advocacy and research organization dedicated to improving the well-being of Colorado children. What started as an idea has grown into a movement to ensure every chance for every child in the state. Children’s Campaign founders and early supporters will join 800 policymakers, advocates, and community and business leaders at the annual event.

Keynote Speaker John Wood, a former Microsoft executive, will delve into how a small idea can change the world. His idea to donate books to an empty school library in the Himalayas has turned into an international effort that has built more than 17,500 libraries and has provided books and educational opportunities to 10 million students. Wood is founder of Room to Read, which works to eliminate illiteracy and gender inequality in education in Africa and Asia.

“We’re bringing together visionaries and catalysts who’ve dedicated their lives to big ideas as we mark our 30th year,” said Chris Watney, President and CEO of the Colorado Children’s Campaign. “From the founding of the Children’s Campaign to the international success of Room to Read, we’re honoring big ideas that have not only improved the lives of children, but ensure every member of the next generation can reach for their own stars. The question before us is what bold ideas can we nurture together to make Colorado the best state in the nation to grow up in?”

Keynote Speaker: John Wood, Former Microsoft executive, Founder of Room to Read, and internationally recognized child advocate

John Wood was an international Microsoft executive who opted out of the comfortable life he knew. Compelled by the idea that no child should be limited in opportunities by his or her birthplace, he founded Room to Read in 2000, establishing schools, libraries and special programs to educate girls in some of the lowest-income places in the world. Since that time, Room to Read has benefitted 10 million children worldwide.

John has been named by Goldman Sachs as one of the world’s 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs and has been a five-time winner of Fast Company Magazine’s Social Capitalist Award. In 2014, John won the World’s Children’s Honorary Award Laureate, often called the Children’s Nobel Prize, awarded by the Queen of Sweden. He has also been named as one of Time Magazine’s Asian Heroes—the only non-Asian to win the award.

John often lectures at Harvard Business School, the Harvard Graduate School of Education and at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Policy. He holds a B.S. in finance from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, and has several honorary PhDs. John is the author of Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, which was featured on “Oprah” and was named by Amazon as one of the Top Ten Business Narratives of 2006. John is also the author of the children’s book, Zak the Yak with Books on his Back.

WHAT: Colorado Children’s Campaign 30th Anniversary Annual Luncheon, with featured  speaker John Wood, Founder of Room to Read. Presenting event sponsor is Children’s Hospital Colorado.

WHERE: Seawell Grand Ballroom at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 14th & Curtis streets, Denver

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Dec. 2, 2015

 MEDIA ACCESS: The keynote speaker will be available for media interviews prior to the luncheon program at the Seawell Ballroom. Please contact Tara Manthey to make arrangements.


About Colorado Children's Campaign

The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research and advocacy organization focused on improving the quality of and expanding access to child health, K-12 education and early childhood experiences. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Tara Manthey at (720) 256-1312 or email Tara at tara@coloradokids.org.