October 21, 2019 Share

Breakthrough Breakfast to benefit Girls’ Education Globally

The New Jersey Chapter of Room to Read held a Breakthrough Breakfast on International Day of the Girl to benefit girls’ education globally. 100 women gathered in Basking Ridge to support the Room to Read Girls’ Education Program which provides girls with the life skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions, become leaders of their own lives, and agents of change.

Author Fran Hauser with Room to Read volunteer Nicole Smith

Fran Hauser, a startup investor, best-selling author of The Myth of the Nice Girl and former President of Digital at Time Inc. was the featured speaker. A passionate advocate of women and girls around the globe, she was honored as a Global Champion of Women on International Women’s Day in 2014 and recently received the Fairy Godmother Award from Girl Be Heard and the W Award from the YWCA. Fran has served on the board of directors of Global Giving for eight years, which has raised over $400 million for 24,000 grass roots projects around the world.

Fran emphasized the benefit of combining strength and kindness to advance in the workplace to redefine what a strong leader looks like. Fran outlined her Four Square Model for time management which includes identifying important areas in life and setting boundaries to balance responsibilities and passions. Fran admits that she does not attempt to “do it all”, and instead tries to “do my best at those priorities that really matter to me.”

Fran has mentored hundreds of young women over the course of her career, is a frequent speaker on women’s leadership and writes a regular career advice column for Refinery29. The Myth of the Nice Girl was named Audible’s Best Business AudioBook of 2018 and one of Amazon’s Best Business and Leadership Books of 2018.

100 women attended the Breakthrough Breakfast in Basking Ridge

Author and executive Amy Radin attended the event and commented: “Nicole reminded us that while we may take for granted an emphasis on reading from childhood and virtually unlimited access to books, millions of girls around the world are still denied books and the education that could help them escape poverty and oppression.” Amy Radin is the author of The Change Maker’s Playbook. The Room to Read NJ Chapter Book Club is hosting an author event featuring Amy at Tigerlabs on November 14th from 5-7pm. This event is co-hosted by the Ellevate Network.

Room to Read raised $10,000 with the breakfast and hopes to reach $30,000 through year end to support 100 girls in secondary school. #100girlsgoal Room to Read believes World Change Starts with Educated Children. Education is the solution to the world’s biggest problems – poverty, conflict, disease, intolerance, inequality and exploitation.

Room to Read has benefited over 17.6 million children across 37,000 communities in 16 countries and aims to reach 20 million children by 2020. The New Jersey Chapter formed in 2011 and welcomes volunteers. For more information, follow Room to Read New Jersey on social media or contact volunteer Chapter Leader Nicole Smith at rtrnicolesmith@gmail.com.