What WBENC Staff Are Reading

Now that it is fall, little sounds better than curling up with a good book. We have gathered a list of what our WBENC staff is reading this fall whether for fun or professional development. Check out these books and you might find your next book to cozy up with next to the fire or on a plane for your next business trip!

Are you reading something that you think is great? Tell us in the comments!

For Fun:

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Vivien Malig-Mayhew, Manager of Certification

Since moving across the country I’ve been interested in reading about California. No one better can write about it than Steinbeck


Following the Equator, A Journey Around the World by Mark Twain

Avery Trump, Project Manager of Events


The Immoralists by Chloe Benjamin

Meridith Satz, Senior Manager of Certification

I love historical fiction. This begins in the late 60s in New York City, and follows four siblings’ lives after they meet with a fortune teller. My parents grew up in the 60s-70s in the New York area, so I love drawing the parallels.  


Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Nettie Teter, Senior Project Manager of Marketing & Communications


This I Remember by Eleanor Roosevelt

Jessica Carlson, Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications

I usually read on my Kindle but I found a hardcover first edition of this autobiography at a used book store in Alexandria for $8! It’s an interesting read from an amazing woman about her time as First Lady leading up to WWII.


Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Jill Sasso, Vice President of WBENC HR and Governance and Programs


Reckless, My Life as a Pretender by Chrissie Hynde

Mia Delano, Senior Director of Business Development

I love books and have exactly 23 unread books on my “Book Table” in my bedroom.  For fun, I am currently reading Reckless, My Life as a Pretender by Chrissie Hynde.  I’d like to think that if I wasn’t working on behalf of women business owners, I’d be a rockstar.  It is possibly too late for this, but a girl can dream!


The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel Siegel

Laura Swenson, Senior Manager of Event Management

It isn’t quiet for “fun” but I’ve been reading The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel Siegel. My husband picked it up because our son went from being a baby to a toddler overnight and we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to make him into a well-rounded, patient, loving, #hes4shes, outgoing, and confident child. What has amazed me is how much this book has helped me understand more about myself and more about the people around me and why they may be behaving the way they are. The book serves as a tour-guide to how the brain works.


Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French

Laura Swenson, Senior Manager of Event Management

For actual “fun” I’ve been reading the Tana French Dublin Murder Squad series. I’m not a huge crime or mystery reader but these books are so good, I rip through all of them.


No Man’s Land by David Baldacci

Ann Bowman, Executive Associate


The Bible

LaKesha White, Director of Certification

I read The Bible because it helps to grow as a as a leader, mother, wife and human being in general.

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For Business/Professional Development:

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz and Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Andrew Gaeckle, Director of Strategic Planning

I’m currently reading two books for personal/professional development. The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz, and Zero to One by Peter Thiel. I learned of both these books at a recent entrepreneur event at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, a great free resource created to connect, inspire, and educate aspiring and current entrepreneurs based in San Francisco, California.

All In: How Women Entrepreneurs Can Think Bigger, Build Sustainable Businesses, and Change the World by Stephanie Breedlove

Nettie Teter, Senior Project Manager of Marketing & Communications

I received the book at an event I recently attended hosted by the Women’s Business Council – Southwest where Stephanie Breedlove, co-founder of Care.com HomePay, gave a very motivational keynote.


Discover Your Ture North by Bill George

Mia Delano, Senior Director of Business Development

On the professional side of things, I am currently reading Discover Your Ture North by Bill George.  This is known as being one of the top business reads out there, and Bill is a fellow Minnesotan, so there is the kinship thing as well. 


Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

Avery Trump, Project Manager of Events


Traction, Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman

Ann Bowman, Executive Associate


A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge

Vivien Malig-Mayhew, Manager of Certification

I’m shooting for earning the cert by Spring 2019.

“Curled up on the couch with a cozy blanket and a candle burning on the coffee table. Bonus if there’s hot coffee or tea!” – Nettie Teter
 “My Galcony.  What is a Galcony you say?  Well, it’s my 150 sq. foot balcony wear I created my only little oasis in the city.  It’s great for curling up with a good book, and for hanging with the “gals” – see where I’m going here – enjoying good conversation, and good wine.  When males join us, we call it the “Palcony” to be sure our Hes4Shes feel welcome!” – Mia Delano
 “It may not be my favorite place per se, but I get the most reading done on my afternoon commute home on the Metro. Of course, I’d trade that for the beach or poolside any day…” – Jessica Carlson
 “My back patio on a nice day; In a cozy chair by the fire on a cold day!” – Jill Sasso
 “This would depend on the temperature outside.  I really enjoy by the pool, however, my oversized living room chair with a cup of tea will do in the cooler months.” – Ann Bowman
 “I squeeze in a little reading time each night right before I turn out the light. If I’m super into a book, I’ll read it on the metro each day too.” - Laura Swenson
 “On the metro during my morning commute with a thermos of coffee in my other hand.” -Avery Trump
 “My couch, it’s great for incase I fall asleep.” -Vivien Malig-Mayhew
 “So cliché, but nothing can beat reading on the beach or on a hammock outside if the weather is just right. I usually don’t like reading in noisy places, but the waves crashing or leaves rustling is the perfect reading soundtrack!” – Meridith Satz
 “My favorite place to read is either cozied up in bed at home or on a plane heading to my next destination.” – Andrew Gaeckle
 “I like to read in the bed before I go to sleep, ensuring something positive on my before closing my eyes” – LaKesha White

Posted on November 2, 2018 and filed under WBENC Staff.