Sharon is excited to welcome Kyle Zimmer, a visionary leader and social entrepreneur, who is changing the lives of millions of children through her innovative approach to education. As the co-founder, CEO, and president of First Book, Kyle has dedicated her life to breaking the cycle of poverty through education. Her organization provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need across the U.S. and Canada, giving them access to high-quality and diverse educational resources that they might not have had otherwise. In this episode, Sharon talks with Kyle about her journey to become a social entrepreneur, the challenges she faced along the way, and the lessons she learned from her experience. They also discuss the impact of First Book on the lives of children and families, the importance of diversity and inclusivity in education, and the role of technology in enhancing learning outcomes. Through her visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to making a difference, Kyle Zimmer is a true inspiration for all of us. Her story reminds us that anyone can make a positive impact on the world if they have the passion, dedication, and determination to pursue their dreams.
About Kyle Zimmer: Kyle is the Co-founder, President and CEO of First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise advancing educational equity for children in poverty. First Book has built the nation’s largest and fastest growing online community of adults working in the lives of kids in need – now numbering more than 550,000 – with thousands more joining each month. First Book aggregates the knowledge and influence of these formal/informal educators to create systemic change, and uses market leverage to increase access to culturally relevant books and resources through: First Book Research & Insights, a research arm that gathers data and insights from educators to inform First Book and the broader field; the First Book Marketplace, a non-profit ecommerce site that delivers 15-17 million relevant, affordable and free books/educational resources to kids in need annually (225 million to date); and the First Book Accelerator, which expedites evidence-based strategies from experts on critical topics identified by educators, from mental health to race and culture.
Kyle and First Book have received awards from the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation, the National Education Association Foundation, the Authors Guild, and many others. Kyle is a Fellow with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, a program of the World Economic Forum. She serves on the board of directors for Ashoka and Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. An attorney, Kyle received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.
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