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April 28, 2015

Cover of Knowing Your Value Book by Mika Brzezinski

The Simmons Executive Education team shares a sampling of what we're reading right now.

Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth by Mika Brzenzinski. Recommended by Elisa van Dam, Senior Director of Executive Education and Corporate Outreach. “Brzenzinski shares her personal story as well as tips for how to approach the bargaining table.”

The Confidence Myth: Why Women Undervalue Their Skills and How to Get Over It, by Helene Lerner. Recommended by Anne Litwin, PhD, Author, Researcher, Coach and Consultant. "The author acknowledges both the external prejudices and the internal factors that create challenges for women, many of which I have discussed on my blog. Lerner also debunks some long-held myths about confidence that are important for us to consider."

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Recommended by Linda Schuller, Simmons Librarian. “I highly recommend this book. It offers a fresh look at philanthropic giving, organizations that are making a difference, and the science behind charity.  It also provides many suggestions on how individuals and small groups can make a difference.”

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. Recommended by Linda Schuller, Simmons Librarian.”Duhigg looks at our habits, good and bad, and provides case studies and stories that help to explain why we do what we do, and also how habits can impact personal as well as corporate productivity.”

For a shorter read, take a look at the Boston Women’s Workforce Council Facebook page for lots of links to interesting articles on the wage gap and efforts to close it.

For summer reading, Linda Schuller also recommends two novels:

Nora Webster by Colm Toibin- A lovely tale of life in Ireland, told through the eyes of the widowhood of Nora Webster.

The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel by Christina Henriquez. A powerful immigrant story, with wonderful characters, fascinating relationships, and an examination of the American experience.