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What we’re reading!

The Map: Your Path to Effectiveness in Leadership, Life and Legacy by Keith Eigel PhD (2003) and Karl Kuhnert PhD – This is an excellent book on improving your leadership capacity. Find new ways to grow as a leader. And check out Keith’s podcast “Growing as Grownups.”

Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin – LSS had a small group discussion about this fabulous look at leaders operating in stressful times. These lessons are applicable to our pandemic times.

The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table by Minda Harts – This is a powerful treatise on building the support you need to succeed as a minority in the workplace. It is also good for anyone just starting out in the work world.

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh, Founder of The National SEED Project: Creating conversational communities that drive change. – First published in 1989, this early exploration of white privilege still stands as a seminal reference in the field of social justice.

Films/videos we’re watching!

Wharton’s New Dean Makes History
We are proud to share this GMA video of Dr. Erika James on her first day as Dean of Wharton Business School. Dr. James was one of our distinguished 2020 Live Learn Lead panelists last February 27, the same night news broke that she would be leaving as Dean of Emory’s Goizueta Business School for the University of Pennsylvania. Her leadership perspective on her first day at Wharton is insightful, as it was when she spoke at Live Learn Lead. Congratulations again Dr. James.

The Happy Secret to Better Work
We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive. – Link

Thirteenth by Ava DuVernay, an award-winning American filmmaker (2012 Sundance Film Festival winner, Golden Globe nomination for Best Director, Academy Award Best Picture nomination, among others). In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.

Podcasts and other suggestions!

Scene on Radio-Season 2: Seeing White by the Duke Center for Documentary Studies.
Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for? Host and producer John Biewen takes a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika.