Ann Friedman, Founder & CEO of Planet Word: Making Words and Language Fun

March 5, 2021

Hosted by Robert Rimm

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Planet Word is the world’s first voice-activated museum, with interactive galleries and exhibits that bring words and language to life in all sorts of fun ways… inspiring and renewing a love of language and reading in people of all ages. Through unique, immersive learning experiences, they provide a dynamic space to explore words, grounded in a solid understanding of language arts and science.

Whether signed, spoken, written or sung, language connects us and directly shapes some of our most significant moments, reflecting who we are, how we interact with one another and how we interpret our world.

Ann Friedman is the founder & CEO of Planet Word, and has been integral to the restoration of the Franklin School, the museum’s home. Her interest in literacy began with a lifelong love of reading and early work as a copy editor and translator, with a subsequent career as a beginning reading and writing teacher at Montgomery County Public Schools. From 2010 to 2016, she served as board chair of the SEED Foundation, the parent of the nation’s only public, inner-city, college-prep boarding schools, where she currently serves as vice chair. Ann is also a founding board member of the Downtown DC Foundation, co-vice chair of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and has served on the board of the National Symphony Orchestra for more than a decade in various roles. She and her husband Thomas Friedman, the New York Times foreign-affairs columnist, live in Bethesda, MD, and have two adult daughters.