President & CEO, First Book
In 1992, Kyle Zimmer, then a corporate attorney, was volunteering at a soup kitchen in Washington DC when she realized that the kids she was working with had no books to call their own. Kyle founded FirstBook to remedy the problem. First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that ensures that local schools and community programs across the country serving children from low-income families have a steady supply of the brand-new, high-quality books they so desperately needed. First Book distributes millions of new books and educational resources every year. Kyle is a passionate advocate for social entrepreneurship, educational equity, and the importance of literacy. In 2013 Kyle was a presenter at the University of Oxford’s “Power Shift: Forum for Women in the World Economy.” Kyle also received the 2014 Literarian Award from the National Book Foundation.