September 27, 2019

Room To Read’s CEO Thinks Globally, Hires Locally


Tami Hoang

“I’m a senior person here, and I’m the biggest idiot,” Erin Ganju, CEO and co-founder of Room to Read, reflected on how she felt about her experience working in manufacturing for Unilever in Vietnam, back in the 1990s. She loved the work, but it was so clear that the local Vietnamese team was “so much better at getting things done.”

That lesson stayed with Ganju, when she returned to the U.S. to co-found Room to Read, a nonprofit with a budget close to $50 million per year that builds libraries and educates girls, and has scaled its impact throughout Asia and Africa with a team of 1,300 employees across 10 countries serving 10 million children per year.

Read more on Fast Co. here.

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