Note: Summaries adapted from Amazon and YouTube
“The Way We Think About Charity Is Dead Wrong”
By Dan Pallotta
Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend—not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says, “Let’s change the way we think about changing the world.”
“You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life”
By Jen Sincero
In this blunt how-to guide, bestselling author, speaker and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver. Sincero serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises and the occasional swear word.
“Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead”
By Brené Brown
From thought leader Dr. Brené Brown comes a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability.
Every day, we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. Based on 12 years of pioneering research, Dr. Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.
“The True Gifts of a Dyslexic Mind”
By Dean Bragonier
In this inspiring talk, advocate and educator Dean Bragonier offers a different take on dyslexia. By looking at the unique mindset of dyslexics as a strength, Bragonier reframes a perceived weakness as a powerful tool and teaches us all an important lesson about the power of an open mind and an open heart.
“A Team of Rivals”
By Doris Kearns Goodwin
Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Abraham Lincoln’s political genius, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.
This multiple biography is centered on Lincoln’s mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation’s history.