Many of our speakers have new books that are perfect for a summer reading program! Here are just a few recent releases.


URSULA BURNS: Former CEO & Chairman of the Board of the Xerox Corporation (2010-2017); First Black Woman CEO of a Fortune 500 Company; Board of Directors, Exxon Mobil, Nestlé, and Uber; Lead, White House program on STEM (2009-2016) & Former Chair of the President’s Export Council (2015-2016)

In her new book, Ursula Burns, the first Black female CEO of a Fortune 500 company, shares her insights on American corporate life and society

In 2009, when she was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the Xerox Corporation, URSULA BURNS shattered the glass ceiling and made headlines. In this smart, no-nonsense book titled Where You Are is Not Who You Are, part memoir and part cultural critique, Burns writes about overcoming the barriers she faced, as well as the challenges and realities of the corporate world. Candid and outspoken, Burns offers a remarkable look inside the C-suites of corporate America through the eyes of a Black woman. The book received a glowing review in The New York Times.


BEN RHODES: Political Contributor, NBC News & MSNBC; New York Times Bestselling Author; Deputy National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama (2009-2017); Chair, National Security Action

Ben Rhodes' After the Fall is a deeply personal, beautifully observed quest for answers to the questions: Why is democracy so threatened in America and around the world, and what can we do about it?

Part memoir and part reportage, After the Fall is a hugely ambitious and essential work of discovery. In his book and in his speeches, BEN RHODES looks squarely at where America has gone wrong makes clear how essential it is to fight for what America is supposed to be, for our own country and the entire world. Rhodes was recently featured on NPR discussing his book and what it means for the world today. 


STACEY ABRAMS: Non-Profit Leader, Political Activist & Serial Entrepreneur; First Black Woman to be a Gubernatorial Nominee of a Major Party in the U.S.; Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives (2011-2017); NYT Bestselling Author of Lead from the Outside and Our Time is Now and #1 NYT Bestselling Author of While Justice Sleeps

From celebrated national leader and bestselling author Stacey Abrams, a gripping thriller set within the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court—where a young law clerk finds herself embroiled in a shocking mystery plotted by one of the most preeminent judges in America.

While Justice Sleeps is a cunningly crafted, sophisticated novel, layered with myriad twists and a vibrant cast of characters. Drawing on her astute inside knowledge of the court and political landscape, STACEY ABRAMS shows herself to be not only a force for good in politics and voter fairness but also a major new talent in suspense fiction.


CHELLA MAN: Model; Artist; Activist

Chella Man wrestles with the essential question of identity in this powerful and honest new book, which is part of the young adult social change issues series known as the Pocket Change Collective

CHELLA MAN tells a story of coping and resilience as he journeys through his experiences as a deaf, transgender, genderqueer, Jewish person of color, and shows us that identity lies on a continuum — a beautiful, messy, and ever-evolving road of exploration in his new book, Continuum.


AMANDA KLOOTS: Co-Host, CBS' The Talk; Former Broadway Dancer and Radio City Rockette; Creator of AK! Fitness and Co-Creator of Hooray For® Apparel

Amanda Kloots bravely reflects on love, loss, and life with her husband in her book Live Your Life and in her talks

Broadway star and Tony Award nominee Nick Cordero was hospitalized for what he and his wife, AMANDA KLOOTS, believed was a severe case of pneumonia. Diagnosed with Covid-19, this rising star—who only a few days earlier was the picture of health—soon deteriorated. Live Your Life is her and Nick’s story: of their love and fairy-tale marriage, of the disease that quickly upended it, of the fight for Nick’s survival—those sudden tragic months that permanently changed her world and ours—of her grief and how she came to terms with his death, of keeping Nick’s memory alive for their son Elvis and the world. Offering courage and inspiration to anyone coping with overwhelming loss, Amanda’s story is a thoughtful and poignant reflection on love, hope, motherhood, and the power of community in times of hardship.


DANIEL JAMES BROWN: New York Times Bestselling Author of The Boys In The Boat

In his captivating presentations, Daniel James Brown shares the remarkable stories covered in his newest book Facing the Mountain, bringing history to life and leaving audiences inspired

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat DANIEL JAMES BROWN comes a gripping World War II saga of patriotism, highlighting the contributions and sacrifices Japanese immigrants and their American-born children made for the sake of the nation: the courageous Japanese-American Army unit that overcame brutal odds in Europe; their families, incarcerated back home; and a young man who refused to surrender his constitutional rights, even if it meant imprisonment. Facing the Mountain was featured in DateBook with a rave review the week of its release. Brown weaves impeccable research and masterful storytelling from his newest book into his talks, bringing history to life and leaving audiences inspired. 


QUIARA ALEGRÍA HUDES: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Playwright; Tony Award-Winning Musician; Wrote the Script for the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights

Quiara Alegría Hudes tells her lyrical story of coming of age against the backdrop of an ailing Philadelphia barrio, with her sprawling Puerto Rican family as a collective muse

In QUIARA ALEGRÍA HUDES' My Broken Language: A Memoir and her talks, she explores home, memory, and belonging—narrated by a girl who fought to become an artist so she could capture the world she loved in all its wild and delicate beauty. The book was named to TIME's 15 New Books You Should Read in April.

Hudes also has a upcoming book release, In the Heights: Finding Home, which she co-wrote with Lin Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, where she shares untold stories about the hit Broadway show and film. In her fun talks, Hudes shares these unforgettable stories, as well as the deeper impact of the film and play on LatinX representation on Broadway and Hollywood, in all of its colorful, celebratory glory for the world to embrace.


MARC POLYMEROPOULOS: Leadership Expert; Distinguished 26 Year CIA Veteran

Meet your next crisis head on and come through it stronger than ever by using the hard-earned strategies and core principles from Marc Polymeropoulos, a highly decorated, 26-year operations officer with the CIA.

In Clarity in CrisisMARC POLYMEROPOULOS shares how true leaders need to lead in and through times of crisis and thrive under conditions of ambiguity, rather than message their way out or duck from hard decisions. Far from mere theory, Marc outlines the unique and specific mindset and strategies he himself practiced and honed throughout his remarkable career.