Join us as we talk to Jonathan Beatty, author of the recent Newsweek opinion piece The Challenge of Defeating Illiteracy in America and Founder of I Love Books. We’ll discuss how we can end illiteracy through cross-sector collaboration, collective problem solving, and strategic resource allocation.
Jonathan Beatty, better known as the “Chief Bookman,” is the founder of I LOVE BOOKS (ILB), an apparel startup on a mission to end illiteracy, #bookbybook. The company sells bookish merch, and donates half of its profits to provide new books to children who need them most. Since April, ILB has donated nearly 1,000 new books to kids in Kentucky through partnerships with local schools and nonprofits.
Before launching ILB, Jonathan spent over a decade working in corporate finance for some of the largest companies in the world, including Procter & Gamble, McKesson, and Amazon. He left his career to ensure all young people have access to books and the opportunity to become lifelong learners.
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