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Self-guided learning is an important aspect of personal and professional development. And sharing is caring! Dedicated to thriving at work and in life, my bookshelf holds non-fiction favorites that challenge paradigms, introduce tools, and encourage positive contributions for human good.

You’ll find topics like leadership, communication, social inequity, and women’s leadership development. You’ll also find some titles I love because of their ability to entertain or enrich while amplifying voices that reflect our diverse world.

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Half The Sky

Category: Thriving as a WORLD
Author: Nicholas D. Kristof
Published: 2010
Discusses the oppression of women in the developing world, sharing example stories about victims and survivors who are working to raise awareness, counter abuse, and campaign for women's rights.

Curse Of The Good Girl

Category: Thriving as a WORLD
Author: Rachel Simmons
Published: 2010
The best-selling author of Odd Girl Out challenges popular misconceptions about "good behavior" in girls while arguing that young women who embrace such unrealistic standards are forced to curtail their potential and counseling on how to reverse inappropriate pressure. Reprint.

The Student Leadership Challenge

Category: Thriving as a WORLD
Author: James M. Kouzes
Published: 2018-03-07

Based on the same concepts and research that inform the classic leadership book The Leadership Challenge, this is a clear and accessible guide to the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, which is foundation of the Student Leadership Challenge approach. Incorporating stories of leadership development from real students, and language to which college students and other young and emerging leaders can relate, the book also features reflective and critical thinking activities at the end of each

You Just Don’t Understand

Category: Thriving as a WORLD
Author: Deborah Tannen
Published: 2001-07-24
Women and men live in different worlds...made of different words. Spending nearly four years on the New York Times bestseller list, including eight months at number one, You Just Don't Understand is a true cultural and intellectual phenomenon. This is the book that brought gender differences in ways of speaking to the forefront of public awareness. With a rare combination of scientific insight and delightful, humorous writing, Tannen shows why women and men can walk

Stories I Only Tell My Friends

Truth And Beauty


Category: Thriving as a WORLD
Author: Jill Leovy
Published: 2015

On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man is shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home, one of the thousands of black Americans murdered that year. His assailant runs down the street, jumps into an SUV, and vanishes, hoping to join the scores of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes.

The Good Girls Revolt


Category: Thriving as a WORLD
Author: Matthew Desmond
Published: 2016

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | KIRKUS PRIZE FOR NONFICTION FINALIST | LONGLISTED FOR THE PEN/JOHN KENNETH GALBRAITH AWARD FOR NONFICTION | NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by The New York Times Book Review * The Boston Globe * The Washington Post * NPR * Entertainment Weekly * The New Yorker * Bloomberg * Esquire * San Francisco Chronicle * Milwaukee Journal Sentinel * St. Louis Post-Dispatch * Politico * Bookpage *

I Like You

The Road To Character

Category: Thriving as a WORLD
Author: David Brooks
Published: 2016-10-04

"#1 New York Times bestselling author David Brooks, a controversial and eye-opening look at how our culture has lost sight of the value of humility - defined as the opposite of self-preoccupation - and why only an engaged inner life can yield true meaning and fulfillment"-

Yes Please

The Last Black Unicorn

Category: Thriving as a WORLD
Author: Tiffany Haddish
Published: 2017-12-05

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From stand-up comedian, actress, and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, comes The Last Black Unicorn, a sidesplitting, hysterical, edgy, and unflinching collection of (extremely) personal essays, as fearless as the author herself. Growing up in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles, Tiffany learned to survive by making people laugh. If she could do that, then her classmates would let her copy their homework, the other…

The Happiness Advantage

Category: Thriving as a WORLD
Author: Shawn Achor


Daring Greatly

Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: Brené Brown
Published: 2015
Previously published as a Gotham Books hardcover.


Category: Thriving as a WORLD
Author: Tina Fey

The Social Animal

Category: Thriving as a WORLD
Author: David Brooks
Published: 2012

From the influential New York Times columnist and best-selling author of Bobos in Paradise comes a landmark exploration of how human beings and communities succeed. Reprint. A #1 best-seller.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Category: Thriving as a WORLD
Author: Blanche Wiesen Cook

Eleanor Roosevelt, Vol. 1: 1884-1933

Getting To Yes

Category: Thriving at WORK
Author: Roger Fisher
Published: 1991
Describes a method of negotiation that isolates problems, focuses on interests, creates new options, and uses objective criteria to help two parties reach an agreement

Fierce Conversations

Category: Thriving at WORK
Author: Susan Scott
Published: 2004-01-01
Shows how to make the most of conversations by communicating clearly and forcefully, offering advice on how to overcome barriers to meaningful conversation, confront tough issues, and leverage new skills for frictionless debate.

Leadership Challenge

Category: Thriving at WORK
Author: James M. Kouzes
Published: 2017-04-17
Praise for The Leadership Challenge, Sixth Edition -- Title Page -- Copyright -- Introduction: Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations -- What Leaders Do and What Constituents Expect -- Chapter 1: When Leaders Are at Their Best -- The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® -- The Five Practices Make a Difference -- The Ten Commitments of Exemplary Leadership -- Notes -- Chapter 2: Credibility Is the Foundation of Leadership -- What People Look for and

Leadership And Self-Deception

Category: Thriving at WORK
Author: The Arbinger Institute


Category: Thriving at WORK
Author: Daniel H. Pink
Published: 2011
Challenges popular misconceptions to reveal what actually motivates people and how to harness that knowledge to promote personal and professional fulfillment.

The Dream Manager

Category: Thriving at WORK
Author: Matthew Kelly
Published: 2007-08-21
A business parable by the best-selling author of The Rhythm of Life makes a connection between work satisfaction and dream fulfillment, presenting the story of a fictional company that works through turnover problems by addressing the real-world needs of its employees.

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, And Finding Joy

Category: Thriving WITHIN
Authors: Adam Grant, Sheryl Sandberg
Published: 2017
"The author's experience with grief after the sudden death of her husband, combined with social science on resilience"

Courage: Overcoming Fear And Igniting Self Confidence

Category: Thrivig WITHIN
Author: Debbie Ford
Published: 2012-04-24
New York Times bestselling author Debbie Ford offers her most personal, powerful, and practical work to date—a proven process for overcoming insecurity and fear and unlocking the courage that resides within. Every day we are confronted with hundreds of choices that either make us feel confident and strong or rob us of the things we desire the most. When we lack confidence, we feel unworthy of having what we want, of speaking the truth, of

Getting Things Done

Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: David Allen
Published: 2015
Based on the premise that productivity is directly proportional to one's ability to handle tasks in a relaxed manner, the author offers strategies for self-management that minimize stress and enhance one's focus and efficiency. Original.

Loving What Is

Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: Byron Katie
Published: 2003-12-01
Introducing an innovative four-pronged approach to self-liberation, this intriguing guide shows how to dissolve the debilitating stories we tell ourselves, which in turn allows the truth of "what is" to give rise to a life of new fulfillment and happiness. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

Give And Take

Category: Thriving WITHIN
Do you ever wonder if you’re too generous? Struggle over how much to give to others before expecting something in return? Or do you admittedly prefer to be on the receiving end of the giving process? In either case, this book offers you a valuable lesson: when it’s done right, giving is a good thing. Contrary to the mentality that “nice finish last”, Adam Grant proves the contrary.This is not a philosophical mantra. Grant, Wharton’s youngest tenured professor and top-rated teacher uses social science data and stories of super givers to prove that “those who give first are often best positioned for success later.

Rising Strong

Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: Brené Brown
Published: 2017-04-04
"The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough often enough, we will fall. The author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection tells us what it takes to get back up, and how owning our stories of disappointment, failure, and heartbreak gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle, Brene Brown writes, can be our greatest call to courage, and rising strong

Category: Thriving WITHIN

Far from your typical leadership book, My Year With Eleanor provides a great dose of courage and levity. Whether you need encouragement to initiate a difficult conversation or to run naked down a hotel hallway, Noelle Hancock’s book will help. Of course, you might also find yourself experiencing a sudden urge to jump out of an airplane or climb Mt. Everest.

The Passion Test: The Effortless Path To Discovering Your Life Purpose

Pressure Is A Privilege

Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: Billie Jean King
Published: 2008
Pressure Is A Privilege: Lessons I’ve Learned From Life And The Battle Of The Sexes.The tennis star recounts her life and athletic career, from childhood, through her athletic successes, to her life after professional tennis, and discusses the life lessons that she learned at every stage along the way.

The New Jim Crow

Category: Thriving as a WORLD
Author: Michelle Alexander
Published: 2012
Argues that the War on Drugs and policies that deny convicted felons equal access to employment, housing, education and public benefits create a permanent under-caste based largely on race. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: Maya Angelou
Published: 2009
The critically acclaimed author and poet recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums. Reissue.

The Happiness Of Pursuit

Category: Thriving WITHIN

Reviving Ophelia

Category: Thriving as a WORLD
Author: Mary Bray Pipher
Published: 2005
Describes the psychological pitfalls faced by teenage girls growing up in a dangerous world in which violence, sexual harassment, eating disorders, promiscuity, and drug use have become the norm.

Think Again

Categories: Thriving as a WORLD
Author: Adam Grant
Published: 2021
The bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your beliefs and to know what you don't know, which can position you for success at work and happiness at home. The difficulty of rethinking our assumptions is surprisingly common--maybe even fundamentally human ... The new science of intellectual humility shows that as a mindset and a skillset, rethinking can be taught, and Grant explains how to

Dare To Lead

Category: Thriving at WORK
Author: Brené Brown
Published: 2018-10-09

In her #1 New York Times bestsellers, Brené Brown has taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers, and culture shifters, she's showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead. Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in…

Resonant Leadership

Category: Thriving at WORK
Authors: Annie McKee, Richard E. Boyatzis
Published: 2005

A hands-on framework and strategies for consciously creating and maintaining resonance in the face of the relentless challenges of the leadership role. Resonant Leadershipis the follow – up to Primal Leadership, which has sold over 250,000 copies to date. Its message about the importance of resonance and emotionally intelligent readership struck a deep chord with readers all over the world. Resonant Leadershipshows how leaders can recognise the cycles of stress, sacrifice and renewal inherent in

Lean In

Category: Thriving at WORK
Author: Sheryl Sandberg
Published: 2013

The Facebook chief operating officer and Fortune top-ranked businesswoman shares provocative, anecdotal advice for women that urges them to take risks and seek new challenges in order to find work that they can love and engage in passionately.

Authentic Conversations

Category: Thriving at WORK
Author: Jamie Showkeir
Published: 2008

Included in this groundbreaking book are concrete examples and powerful tools showing how to shift towards workplace conversations that promote engagement, honesty, authenticity and accountability. Authentic Conversations not only reveals the powerful influence everyday conversations have in determining workplace culture and driving business success, it also demonstrates how to eliminate workplace conversations that inhibit organizational growth and personal commitment.All too often workplace conversations--between managers and direct reports, peer-to-peer, or with external stakeholders--create parent-child relationships.

How Women Rise

Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office

A Leader’s Guide To Leveraging Diversity

Category: Thriving at WORK
Author: Terrence Earl Maltbia
Published: 2009
Leveraging Diversity: Strategic Learning Capabilities for Breakthrough Performance is designed to help business leaders and diversity practitioners alike conquer the complexity and take advantage of the opportunities associated with working productively with diversity. The book presents a clear direction for building the strategic learning capabilities needed to create and sustain adaptive organizations that effectively respond to today's competitive demands. It provides a practical guide that features a variety of proven learning practices for leveraging diversity

Leveraging Diversity: Strategic Learning Capabilities for Breakthrough Performance is designed to help business leaders and diversity practitioners alike conquer the complexity and take advantage of the opportunities associated with working productively with diversity. The book presents a clear direction for building the strategic learning capabilities needed to create and sustain adaptive organizations that effectively respond to today's competitive demands. It provides a practical guide that features a variety of proven learning practices for leveraging diversity

Primal Leadership

Category: Thriving at WORK
Author: Daniel Goleman
Published: 2013
Primal Leadership: Unleashing The Power Of Emotional Intelligence

Coaching For Performance Fifth Edition

Category: Thriving at WORK
Author: John P. Kotter
Published: 1996
"Coaching for Performance is the proven resource for all coaches and pioneers of the future of coaching." Magdalena N. Mook, CEO, International Coach Federation (ICF) "Shines a light on what it takes to create high performance." John McFarlane, Chairman, Barclays, Chairman, TheCityUK Coaching for Performance is the definitive book for coaches, leaders, talent managers and professionals around the world. An international bestseller, featuring the influential GROW model, this book is the founding text of the…

Leading Change

Author: John P. Kotter
Category: Thriving at WORK
Published: 1996
Offers advice on how to lead an organization into change, including establishing a sense of urgency, developing a vision and strategy, and generating short-term wins.

Talking 9 To 5

Category: Thriving at WORK
Author: Deborah Tannen
Published: 1995-09-01
Your project went off without a hitch--but somebody else got the credit...You averted a crisis brilliantly--but no one noticed...You came to the meeting with a sensational idea--but it was ignored until someone else said the same thing... HOW CAN YOU GET CREDIT & GET AHEAD? In her extraordinary international bestseller, You Just Don't Understand, Deborah Tannen transformed forever the way we look at intimate relationships between women and men. Now she turns her keen ear

Working With Emotional Intelligence

Category: Thriving at WORK
Author: Daniel Goleman

The Speed Of Trust

Category: Thriving at WORK
Author: Stephen R. Covey
Published: 2008-02-05
Explains how trust is a key catalyst for personal and organizational success in the twenty-first century, in a guide for businesspeople that demonstrates how to inspire trust while overcoming bureaucratic obstacles.

Remarkable Leadership

Category: Thriving at WORK
Author: Kevin Eikenberry

The Life Guide

Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: Robert Ashton
The Life Guide: 10 Things You Need To Know About Everything That Matters

You Belong: A Call For Connection

Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: Sebene Selassie
Published: 2022-01-25
A POWERFUL WORK OF SPIRITUALITY AND ANTI-RACISM--Publishers Weekly IF YOU READ ONE BOOK IN 2020, MAKE IT THIS ONE.--Tricycle From much-admired meditation expert Sebene Selassie, You Belong is a call to action, exploring our tangled relationship with belonging, connection, and each other You are not separate. You never were. You never will be. We are not separate from each other. But we don't always believe it, and we certainly don't always practice it.


The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo

Category: Thriving as a WORLD
Author: Amy Schumer
Published: 2017-08-08
Schumer "mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is--a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh"

Stumbling On Happiness

Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: Daniel Todd Gilbert
Published: 2006-05-02
A smart, witty, accessible, and laugh-out-loud funny reflection on human nature brilliantly describes all that science has to tell us about the uniquely human ability to envision the future, and how likely we are to enjoy it when we get there. 150,000 first printing.


Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: Ellen J. Langer
Published: 2014-10-14
The revolutionary book that showed how mindfulness can be applied to every aspect of our lives The highly innovative findings of social psychologist Dr. Ellen J. Langer and her team of researchers at Harvard introduced a unique concept of mindfulness, adapted to contemporary life in the West. Langer's theory has been applied to a wide number of fields, including health, business, aging, social justice, and learning. There is now a new psychological assessment based on

Educated: A Memoir

Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: Tara Westover
Published: 2018
"An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University"

The Introvert Advantage

Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: Marti Olsen Laney
Published: 2002-02-01
At least one out of four people prefers to avoid the limelight, tends to listen more than they speak, feels alone in large groups, and requires lots of private time to restore their energy. They're introverts, and here is the book to help them boost their confidence while learning strategies for successfully living in an extrovert world. After dispelling common myths about introverts-they're not necessarily shy, aloof, or antisocial--The Introvert Advantage explains the real issues.

Women And Self-Esteem: Understanding And Improving The Way We Think And Feel AboutOurselves

Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: Linda Tschirhart Sanford
Published: 1985
This comprehensive look at the debilitating effects of low self-esteem offers self-help exercises for rediscovering self-worth for happier living

Willpower: Rediscovering The Greatest Human Strength

Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: Roy F. Baumeister
Published: 2012
A forefront psychologist and a New York Times science writer draw on a landmark study linking will power to glucose levels, identifying the pivotal roles of healthy eating and sleeping in achieving personal goals while outlining strategic recommendations for establishing self-control habits. Reprint.

Creative Visualization

Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: Shakti Gawain
Published: 2016-11-04
Creative Visualization: Use The Power Of Your Imagination To Create What You Want In Your Life.As introduced by Shakti Gawain to more than seven million readers worldwide, creative visualization is the art of using mental imagery and affirmation to produce positive changes in your life. Gawain’s clear writing style and vivid examples make Creative Visualization easy to read and apply to your personal needs and wants. This groundbreaking work has found enthusiastic followers in every country and language in which it has been published, and Gawain’s simple yet powerful techniques…

Me 2.0

Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: Dan Schawbel
Published: 2010-10-05
Me 2.0 shows job seekers and established professionals alike how to leverage the power of online media for personal empowerment and career success. “The business world is changing and what Dan Schawbel has captured in this book is the pulse of the changing branding market.” - Gary Vaynerchuk, best-selling author of Crush It There is no job security anymore, which means that the way we manage our careers has forever changed.


Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: Michelle Obama
Published: 2018-11-13
In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America, she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private. A deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance

Daring: My Passages: A Memoir

Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: Gail Sheehy
Published: 2014-09-02
The author of Passages, a book that changed millions of lives, now lays bare her own life passages in a captivating memoir that reveals her harrowing and ultimately triumphant path from groundbreaking 1960s "girl" journalist to fearless bestselling author who made a career of excavating cultural taboos—from sex, menopause, and midlife crisis to illness, caregiving, and death. Daring to blaze a trail in a "man's world," Gail Sheehy became one of the premier practitioners

My Beloved World

Category: Thriving WITHIN


Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: Amy Cuddy


Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: Marshall Goldsmith
Published: 2010-02-02
Mojo is the moment when we do something that's purposeful, powerful, and positive and the rest of the world recognizes it. This book is about that moment--and how we can create it in our lives, maintain it, and recapture it when we need it. In his follow-up to the New York Times bestseller What Got You Here Won't Get You There, #1 executive coach Marshall Goldsmith shares the ways in which to get--and keep--our Mojo


Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: Susan Cain
Published: 2013
Demonstrates how introverted people are misunderstood and undervalued in today's culture, charting the rise of extrovert ideology while sharing anecdotal examples to counsel readers on how to use introvert talents to adapt to various situations and empower introverted children. Reprint. 150,000 first printing.

Deep Change

Category: Thriving WITHIN
Author: Robert E. Quinn
Published: 1996-08-14
While its title may sound reminiscent of a Saturday Night Live talkshow skit, Deep Change is anything but silly. Robert Quinn masterfully appeals to our struggles for professional fulfillment, shares strategies for transforming our way of thinking, explains how to create change across organizations, and does it in enjoyably concise chapters!

Struggling to Thrive?

A lot of the challenges that make work and life difficult are caused by factors beyond our control. But not all of them. Sometimes, in our rush for results and focus on fabulosity, we end up making things harder than they need to be.

I put together this simple quiz to provide a quick reality check and some actionable ideas to help you thrive. Check it out.