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Ten Books That Need to Be on Your Reading List

Need a book to help you get away from it all – even though you can’t leave the house? From transformative business bibles to thoughtful fictional tales to parenting how-tos, check out the must-have books that Forté’s MBAs on the Move have recommended over the years.

How Remarkable Women Lead, Joanna Barsh and Susie Cranston. “I give this to all the women I work with. It is hands down the best book about women and leadership I have read.” – Melissa Waters, Chief Marketing Officer at Hims & Hers

The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho. “When you really want to do something, the universe will conspire with you in the beginning to make it happen. Challenges will come your way, but that’s when your determination has to kick in so you can realize your goal and your dream.” – Frances Messano, Senior Managing Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund

Presence, Amy Cuddy. “It helps you understand your personal power and to always be present in the moment.” – Chantel Miller, Global Content Acquisitions & Originals, Kids & Family at Netflix

Wherever You Go, There You Are, Jon Kabat-Zinn. “It’s about how mindfulness and meditation can ease stress and make you a happier person.” – Mayla Sanchez, Chief Commercial Officer at BibliU

When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanith. “A very moving memoir by an incredibly eloquent writer and a reminder that time is not infinite.” – Adrienne Weil, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Business Development at American Hotel & Lodging Association

Why We Can’t Wait, Martin Luther King Jr.  “The time to make a difference in the world is now.  Don’t make excuses for why you can’t make an impact – even if only in a small way with a small amount of time.” – Afua Bruce, Chief Program Officer at DataKind

How to Raise an Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haim. “I read a lot of parenting books, and this has a lot of good life lessons that can also be applied to management.” – Rebecca Mall, Senior Marketing Executive at William Morris Endeavor

Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster, Michelle Nelson-Schmidt. “This is a children’s book about overcoming fear and taking chances, and it’s a great reminder for all ages.” – Colston Carr, Enterprise Account Executive/Google Cloud at Google

Becoming, Michelle Obama. “I identified with her balance of work and family.”Stephanie Pirishis, Director of Product Development at Great Wolf Lodge

Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg. “It influenced my approach to managing others, but more importantly, it highlighted Sandberg’s (now late) husband as a role model for others. Their partnership in marriage was inspiring.” – Anna Binder, Head of People at Asana

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