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Lauren Woodman
Lauren Woodman joined NetHope as the Chief Executive Officer in January 2014. Lauren brings 20 years of leadership experience in technology, policy, economic development and education in the public and private sectors.

Prior to joining NetHope, Lauren led government and education programs at Microsoft for more than a decade. These public-private partnerships spanned a variety of needs, including disaster response, economic development, language accessibility and education. Under her leadership, Microsoft’s most significant education program, Partners in Learning, resulted in $500 million in direct investment so that more than 12 million teachers and 230 million students in 134 countries benefitted from more effective use of technology in teaching and learning.

Before joining Microsoft in 2002, Woodman served as the executive vice president for the Software & Information Industry Association, founded an IT services start-up, and worked on Capitol Hill for Rep. Jim Cooper (TN). She currently serves on the National Education Association Foundation Board of Directors and the World Affairs Council of Seattle Board of Directors.

Entries by Lauren Woodman

Changing Perceptions And Realities For NGOs in Africa

(4) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 9:00 AM

Africa is a land of great contrast. On one hand it contains many of the most underdeveloped nations in the world. On the other, it's one of the richest places for young workers and consumers. The later has propelled the continent into a path towards success, despite lingering perceptions...

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How Tech Innovation Leads To Sustainable Solutions In Developing Nations

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM

It seems as if the days of manually doing routine tasks such as shopping and health care are slowly fizzling into obsolescence. People in both developed and developing countries are reshaping their daily lives and interactions as digital technology becomes intertwined with their everyday activities.

Interested in this trend, Accenture...

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Why Tech Innovation Should Matter To NGOs

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 9:19 AM

Every industry, sector, and market goes through times of transformation and innovation. Whether you're selling smart phones or automobiles, technological change is a powerful force that drives industry innovation and disruption, shaking up traditional industry leaders and establishing new companies. The world recently watched this play out in the computing...

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How We Can Help Our Daughters Remove Social Boundaries

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 8:48 AM

As I was growing up, my mother often told me "girls can be anything they want to be." She had spent her childhood in the South during a time when young women were limited to only a few career options -- nursing, teaching and secretarial work. "Dream big," she said,...

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How Is Technology Driving Job Creation In Poor Countries?

(2) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 5:25 PM

As the old wisdom goes, if you lost your job you could blame two suspects: cheap labor in the developing world or computers. Of course, it is a truism that technological change causes disruption in economies, but it's a much greater step to argue that it causes unemployment; in fact,...

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