1. “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World” by Melinda Gates, Flatiron Books
As the modern world increasingly shifts toward gender equality, women face critical challenges that are continuing to impact society. Melinda Gates, one of the most inspiring and influential philanthropists of our time, shares the stories of the remarkable women she has encountered from around the globe. Gates eloquently weaves key lessons with inspiring anecdotes of women overcoming pressing challenges. The book is a reminder of both the power of story and the need for change, and proof that when women succeed, we all succeed.
2. “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World” by David Epstein, Riverhead Books
Specialization from an early age in athletics, music, art and science often is touted as the key to becoming an elite master of industry. David Epstein’s research turns this theory on its head. In “Range,” he shares the secrets of how generalists are succeeding at every age. His work spotlights the fact that it is not necessarily when we start, but more often how starts, failures and restarts fuel our agility, determination and ultimate success. “Don’t feel behind” is this author’s advice — and with deep insights at the point of where sport, science and technology cross, it’s advice worth following.
3. “The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution” by Susan Hockfield, W. W. Norton & Company
From the former president of MIT, the story of the next technology revolution, and how it will change our lives.
4. “Out of the Gobi: My Story of China and America” by Weijian Shan, Wiley
Weijian Shan shares his inspirational firsthand account of overcoming immense hardship during the Cultural Revolution in China, as well as his journey to become the ultimate American dream success story. Through a deeply detailed and insightful narrative, Shan offers a unique view of his homeland and the country he now calls home.
5. “The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty” by Clayton M. Christensen, Efosa Ojomo and Karen Dillon, HarperBusiness
Despite seemingly altruistic intentions of development and billions of dollars of resources, many countries on the receiving end of aid from the developed world have, in fact, become even poorer. Addressing the multitude of factors for this frustrating contradiction, Christensen, Ojomo and Dillon offer an alternative route to sustainable development, using innovative proven models from around the world.
6. “More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)” by Elaine Welteroth, Viking
7. “Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World” by Joseph Menn, PublicAffairs
8. “How to Skimm Your Life” by The Skimm, Ballantine Books
9. “The Gift of Struggle: And Other Lessons about Leading” by Bobby Herrera, Bard Press
10. “Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up” by Jerry Colonna, HarperBusiness
11. “Inside the Five-Sided Box: Lessons from a Lifetime of Leadership in the Pentagon” by Ash Carter, Dutton Books
12. “Sales Truth: Debunk the Myths. Apply Powerful Principles. Win More New Sales.” by Mike Weinberg, HarperCollins Leadership
13. “The Beautiful No: And Other Tales of Trial, Transcendence and Transformation” by Sheri Salata, Harper Wave
14. “Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good” by Ann Mei Chang, Wiley
15. “Choosing Leadership: A Workbook” by Linda Ginzel, Agate B2
16. “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown, Currency
17. “Undo It!: How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases” by Dean Ornish and Anne Ornish, Ballantine Books
18. “Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took on Silicon Valley’s Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime” by Julian Guthrie, Currency
19. “Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell” by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg and Alan Eagle, HarperBusiness
20. “Quick and Nimble” by Adam Bryant, Griffin
21. “Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money” by Ken Honda, Gallery Books
22. “Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results — Without Losing Your Soul” by Karin Hurt and David Dye, Amacom
23. “Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges” by Amy Cuddy, Little Brown and Company
24. “Exponential Living: Stop Spending 100% of Your Time on 10% of Who You Are” by Sheri Riley, Berkley Books
25. “This Is Not a T-Shirt: A Brand, a Culture, a Community — A Life in Streetwear” by Bobby Hundreds, MCD