Category Archives: Books

Give and Take: Discuss 12/2

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success


Join along in the discussion about how these concepts inform our approach to giving to AAUW at our Facebook page, and discuss on December 2, 6:30PM MT, the book’s topics as they relate to AAUW at

Here’s the transcript of an 11-minute video summary of when giving optimizes success, a corporate summary, and a 4-week book reading guide:

Week 1:  Read Chapters 1-2, & assess your style at
Week 2: Read Chapters 3-4, and, optionally, fill out the Big Five personality scale,
Week 3: Read Chapters 5-7, and watch the brief summary of Daniel Pink’s ‘Drive’ on motivation, Share your thoughts on how AAUW might incorporate these ideas at starting on 11/23.
Week 4: Read Chapters 8-9, and the ten Actions for Impact. Jot down the top actions you’ll take. Find a discussion guide here.

Give and Take by Adam Grant highlights what effective networking, collaboration, influence, negotiation, and leadership skills have in common. Reading this book together will allow us to unlock one approach to success that can transform not just individuals, but entire organizations. Profiled in this 2013 article, Adam Grant is a prolific academic publisher, though one who still engages face-to-face with students and is able to translate research into common sense advice for the rest of us.
Questions, or want to receive weekly reading reminders in November? Contact You can find a copy in a variety of formats at a library near you. Check out the Goodreads synopsis and follow our bookshelf.

About the author: Adam Grant is the Wharton Class of 1965 Professor of Management and Psychology. He has been the top-rated professor in the MBA program for the past four years, and has received the Goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Teaching Award and Excellence in Teaching Award for every course that he has taught at Wharton. He has been recognized as one of HR’s most influential international thinkers, BusinessWeek’s favorite professors, and the world’s top 40 business professors under 40. Give and Take, a New York Times bestseller that has been translated into 27 languages, has been named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah’s riveting reads and Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management.

Adam is a contributing writer for the New York Times, where his op-eds include “Raising a moral child”—which was shared online over 300,000 times—and “Madam C.E.O., get me a coffee” with Sheryl Sandberg. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan.

August 13: Slave–My True Story


Join us on Tuesday, August 13 at 6PM (Mountain Time) for the online discussion and chat at Join us for a discussion of Mende Nazer’s memoir Slave, an amazing account of her strength and resiliency through seven years of slavery.

Read what others are saying.

Discussion leader Jae McQueen teachers in the social work department at the University of Denver and is a co-convener of the Colorado eNetwork branch of AAUW.

July 18: Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey\

After you’ve read June’s book for the discussion of The New Jim Crow on the 25th at noon, join us on Thursday, July 18, at 6:30PM MT, as we delve into what makes this book such a ‘hot topic’: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.

Come on, you know you want to read it–and that’s if you’re not admitting you’ve already read it! Join us for the best kind of discussion–with strong, smart women, and let the opinions flow. Read what others are saying.

Discussion leader Danielle Norris is an entrepreneur and the winner of AAUW Colorado’s 2013 Sanderson Award for Leadership.

See the PowerPoint slides via AdobeConnect from the discussion.  Here’s what others thought, for better or worse, about the book:

June 25: The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow

Our June Book Club selection for our online discussion is The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. Find our full summer schedule here.

Plan to join us at noon (Mountain Time) on June 25 for a brief overview and discussion of the book and resources online at; just save this link to your calendar and just before the start time, log in with your name (no password needed) and test your audio and voice settings using the Adobe menu.

After the webinar, interact with others here by clicking on ‘Reply’ above and sharing your thoughts. Anyone and everyone welcome!

Read what others are saying–including ‘Everyone MUST read this book!’ Question our nation’s “triumph over race” as the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status, much like their grandparents before them. Subtitled ‘Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness’, The New Jim Crow will shock and inspire you to take action. 

Discussion leader Bonnie McCune has been writing since age ten, when she submitted a poem about rain rushing down the gutter to the Saturday Evening Post (it was immediately rejected). This interest facilitated her career in nonprofits doing public and community relations and marketing. She’s worked for libraries, directed a small arts organization and managed Denver’s beautification program. Simultaneously, she’s been a free lance writer with publications in local, regional, and specialty publications for news and features. For reasons unknown (an unacknowledged optimism?), she believes that one person can make a difference in this world.

May 15: Daring Greatly

Our first book for May is Daring Greatly by Brene Brown:

Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Her 2010 TEDx Houston talk on the power of vulnerability is one of the most watched talks on, with over 9 million views. Brené is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (2012). She is also the author of the New York Times Bestseller The Gifts of Imperfection (2010), and I Thought It Was Just Me (2007).

View the May 15 discussion with Dr. Kathy Thornhill online at