Summer Reading List

At the Pool, Lake or Beach, Summer is a Sweet Time to Catch Up on Your Reading

Dare to LeadDare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

By Brené Brown

If you are ready to step into brave leadership, this book is ready for you. Famed author, Brené Brown, combines research, stories and examples to help leaders … not just in the business world, either … answer the question, “How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?” Along with the book, readers can utilize the Dare to Lead hub, which includes links to read-along workbooks, downloads, popular motivational quotes and photos.

LEAPFROGLEAPFROG: The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs

By Nathalie Molina Niño

In her new book, “Leapfrog,” author Nathalie Molina Niño compiles the best secrets from the thousands of business owners she has met or advised. She shares 50 hacks and clever shortcuts from these entrepreneurs who went from zero to scalable business—without Silicon Valley boys’ club connections or cultural capital. This startup bible is a masterclass, filled with smart and bold advice from the women who created something from nothing and who have achieved success, on their own terms.

Be FearlessBe Fearless

By Jean Case

“Be Fearless” centers around five principles that author Jean Case and the Case Foundation have classified as the center of transformational change and innovation, past and present: make a big bet, be bold and take risks, make failure matter, reach beyond your bubble, and let urgency conquer fear. This personal and inspiring book is a call to action for readers to overcome fear, take risks and ignite change at work, in their lives and in their communities.

UnwantedUnwanted: How a Mother Learned to Turn Shame, Grief and Fear into Purpose, Passion and Empowerment

By Linda Smith

Local philanthropist Linda Smith chronicles her life from enduring child abuse to becoming a relentless advocate for people with disabilities. Well-known for her work at Opportunity Village for over three decades, Smith shares the story of her impoverished youth to her glamorous 20s when she married a Canadian entertainer and lived life entrenched in the Las Vegas celebrity community. When she gave birth to her son, Christopher, with Down syndrome, Smith thought life was over. Instead, Christopher inspired his mother to go down a new path where she became a trailblazer in the fundraising and nonprofit worlds.

The book can be purchased at All proceeds will benefit The Christopher Smith Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting those within the professional caregiving field who care for those living with profound disabilities.

In April of this year, Christopher Smith passed away in his mother’s arms. He touched the lives of thousands and his memory and love will live on in their hearts and through The Christopher Smith Foundation.

World Famous – How to Create a Kick-Ass BrandWorld Famous – How to Create a Kick-Ass Brand

By David Tyreman

Author David Tyreman delights readers with humor, wit and charm as he demonstrates a variety of clever examples in his step-by-step approach to creating a truly authentic brand. Any entrepreneur or business person needs to read and digest the words within these covers. This book helps startups, personal brands and large Fortune 500 companies discover what their brand is and how to build it to perfection.

Dear Universe: 200 mini-Meditations for Instant ManifestationsDear Universe: 200 mini-Meditations for Instant Manifestations

By Sarah Prout

Author Sarah Prout credits her belief that thinking positive or negative thoughts attracts positive or negative experiences into your life. “Dear Universe” contains two sections of 100 meditations to guide readers past feelings like anger, loneliness or powerlessness. The second set focuses on love-based words such as abundant, devoted and passionate. These meditations help manifest and help cultivate a combination of practical guidance, soulful exercises and nuggets of wisdom.

Brand BrillianceBrand Brilliance

By Fiona Humberstone

In “Brand Brilliance,” bestselling author and branding expert Fiona Humberstone takes you on a comprehensive journey to help you identify your dream clients, refine your message and up your marketing game. With her trademark inspirational, practical and easy-to-implement style, she shows how to add substance and clarity to your brand, pull into focus the things that really matter and enable you to communicate with purpose and flair.