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Overheard on Text: Imposter Syndrome

Overheard on Text: Imposter Syndrome

As colleagues from different generations (x/millennial), we’ve been leading talks and workshops sharing our insights about working across generations – what we call “cogeneration.” As we plan, we’re usually texting furiously, sharing ideas and reflections. So we...

This Cogenerational Pair Calls for ‘Radical Inclusion’ of Youth

This Cogenerational Pair Calls for ‘Radical Inclusion’ of Youth

I was thrilled when I heard about the new book, Why Aren’t We Doing This! Collaborating with Minors in Major Ways, written by Denise Webb, age 20, and Wendy Schaetzel Lesko, age 73, (both pictured above) and published by Youth Infusion, a clearinghouse co-founded by...

Music Is Having a Moment — And It’s a Cogenerational One.

Music Is Having a Moment — And It’s a Cogenerational One.

Sunday’s show featured three big moments reminding us that music can be a bridge not only across race, culture, and genre, but also age. Tracy Chapman & Luke Combs. Much attention, rightfully, has gone to the duet between Tracy Chapman, who turns 60 next month,...

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Judy Koch

Bring Me A Book
Purpose Prize Fellow 2007

Providing easy access to high quality children’s books and inspiring parents to read aloud

A former English teacher-turned-CEO, Judy Koch increased revenues at RSP Manufacturing Corporation from $6 million to $95 million in seven years. But Koch wanted to do more than raise dollars. She sought to give the company’s employees – 80 percent of whom were Hispanic – opportunities to help their children. The path: establish a library at the company to provide easy access to age-appropriate books. Employees embraced the program and, as they read to their children, their own language skills improved. After Koch sold RSP in 1997, she built on the library initiative. Koch’s current goal is to increase literacy through a self-sustaining social enterprise that will provide read-aloud workshops and build libraries in underserved communities throughout the world. To achieve that goal, she established the Bring Me A Book Foundation. The Foundation has served more than 480,000 families at more than 850 library installations in preschools, childcare centers, homeless shelters, clinics, hospitals, community centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, and businesses throughout the United States and in several countries. All libraries include new, multicultural and multilingual books. The Foundation also provides a “train the trainer” First Teachers Read Aloud program in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, and Cambodian.