Piles of Books

Women in Utilities Book Club was launched in October 2020. Each quarter, readers and observers join an hour-long virtual meeting to discuss leading, recent books, focusing this year on mentorship and empowerment.

Previous Book Club Read:
September 24, 2021

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

by Sheryl Sandberg

“In 2010, she (Sandberg)  gave an electrifying TED talk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk… encouraged women to ‘sit at the table,’ seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.

Lean In continues that conversation, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can. Sandberg provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career. She describes specific steps women can take to combine

professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women both in the workplace and at home.” (Source: www.amazon.com)

Previous Book Club Read:
April 9, 2021


How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job

by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith

“…women face specific and different roadblocks from men as they advance in the workplace. …the very habits that helped women early in their careers can hinder them as they move up. Simply put, what got you here won't get you there . . .


Are you great with the details? To rise, you need to do less and delegate more.


Are you a team player? To advance, you need to take credit as easily as you share it.


Are you a star networker? Leaders know a network is no good unless you know how to use it.


Sally and Marshall identify twelve habits that hold women back as they seek to advance, showing them why what worked

for them in the past might actually be sabotaging their future success.” (www.amazon.com)

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” – Brené Brown

Previous Book Club Read:
December 18, 2020


Radical Candor: Be A Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

by Kim Scott

“The idea is simple: You don't have to choose between being a pushover and a jerk. Using Radical Candor―avoiding the perils of Obnoxious Aggression, Manipulative Insincerity, and Ruinous Empathy―you can be kind and clear at the same time.

Radical Candor is about caring personally and challenging directly, about soliciting criticism to improve your leadership and also providing guidance that helps others grow. It focuses on praise but doesn't shy away from criticism―to help you love your work and the people you work with.”

Previous Book Club Read: 
October 16, 2020


Daring Greatly

by Dr. Brené Brown

Key Topics Discussed:

  • The importance of self-care

  • Worthiness

  • Shame-resilience


Audience Questions:

  • What types of “myths” have other women experienced and how have they approached it in their careers?

  • Do women assess themselves differently in male dominated fields? How? Why?

  • What are your “gremlins,” and what do they say to you to prevent you from true connection and growth?

Attended by 27 from 23 utilities. Led by Shawnna Ansley.