Bookmarked: Emma Garcia

Emma Garcia is the chief community development and engagement officer at Valley of the Sun United Way Recommends: “Energy Rising” by Dr. Julia DiGangi Her Take: “This well-researched book left an indelible impact on me, resonating on multiple levels as I reflected on how my upbringing and childhood experiences shaped who I am as a […]

Bookmarked: Kristen Wilson

Recommends: The Fearless Organization by Amy C. Edmondson  Her Take This book explores the concept of psychological safety in the workplace and how it can foster learning, innovation and growth. Psychological safety is the belief that one can speak up without fear of negative consequences, such as ridicule, rejection or punishment. As a leader of […]

Bookmarked: Lawrence Bell

Recommends: “The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz, and a Village Caught in Between” by Michael Dobbs His Take: “The Arizona Jewish Historical Society is engaged in a capital campaign to create a permanent Holocaust education center here in the Valley. This new project will teach students and the public about the Holocaust and other closely related topics […]

Bookmarked: Sari Custer

Chief of science and curiosity at Arizona Science Center Recommends: “Magic Tree House The Graphic Novel: Dinosaurs Before Dark” by Mary Pope Osborne; adapted by Jenny Laird; illustrated by Kelly and Nichole Matthews Her Take “Magic, fun, adventure AND Science? Yes, please! In this story, siblings Jack and Annie find a magic tree house that […]

Bookmarked: Frank DeBlasi

Founder of The Baller Dream Foundation Recommends: “Four Seasons: The Story of a Business Philosophy” by Isadore Sharp His Take “This book was written by the founder of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts. Mr. Sharp, the son of immigrants, created the world’s most admired and successful hotel brand, known for its exceptional quality and unparalleled […]

Bookmarked: Marshall Shore

The Hip Historian Recommends: “Wildcat: The Untold Story of Pearl Hart” by John Boessenecker His Take: “Having worked in libraries from NYC to Phoenix, it should come as no surprise that Marshall Shore, aka the Hip Historian, is surrounded by books and ephemera. I recently finished this account of Hart and her notorious 1899 stagecoach […]

Bookmarked: Battinto L. Batts, Jr., PhD

Dean and Professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication Recommends: “Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership” by Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal His Take:“This book examines organizational leadership and dynamics through four frames: Structural, Human Resource, Political and Symbolic. My theory is that the process of organizational change faces […]

Bookmarked: Christopher Gross

Chef/director of Christopher’s at the Wrigley Mansion RECOMMENDS: “Dirt” by Bill Buford His Take “This book was fascinating to me because it featured so many people I have met or worked with. A lot of it takes place in the French city of Lyon. It reminded me of when I lived and worked in Paris […]

Bookmarked: Liz Goldstein

Executive Vice President of the Junior League of Phoenix   RECOMMENDS: “Daisy Jones & The Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid HER Take “I love reading and find pleasure in overseeing the Junior League of Phoenix book club. My favorite book recently is ‘Daisy Jones & The Six.’ It tells the story of a girl who […]

Bookmarked: Sophie Allen-Etchart

Founder and CEO of Read Better Be Better  RECOMMENDS: “The Daughters of Erietown” by Connie Schultz “This book was recommended to me by an intelligent and thoughtful friend and supporter of Read Better Be Better, so I immediately knew it was going to be good. It is a story that beautifully illustrates human complexities. While […]