2018-2019 She Reads Member Paddle Tavern Social Outing

2018-2019 She Reads Member Paddle Tavern Social Outing

2018-2019 She Reads Member MKE Kitchen Social Outing

2018-2019 She Reads Member MKE Kitchen Social Outing

“She Reads is more than a book club, it’s a leadership club of experienced and savvy women who have an enormous amount of experience.”

Karen Block She Reads Member

Kerri Balliet, Co-founder of She Reads wishing wine really did come in a bottle this big!

Kerri Balliet, Co-founder of She Reads wishing wine really did come in a bottle this big!

“She Reads is so much more than a business book club. As we explore various topics, we think (hard), we share (a lot), we laugh (A LOT), and we learn, about our world, ourselves and each other.”

Catherine Cassidy She Reads Member

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The Goal

Empowering women to build their connections, grow their community, learn from each other’s thoughts and experiences and have some fun along the way. She Reads creates a safe space for personal and professional development through a collective and diverse group of supportive, forward thinking professional women. We provide accountability, camaraderie and a safe place for sharing business concepts and ideas by reading books that lead to transformation.


What Does It Cost?

Yearly Membership: $225*

 Cost Includes:

  • Hardcover or paperback version of books shipped directly to you.

  • Hosted bi-monthly 2-hour book discussions (2nd Monday of each month 4:30-6:30 starting October 2019).

  • Planned social gatherings on off months.

  • Networking and community building opportunities.

 *Self-Purchase Book Discount: If you prefer to purchase your own books or listen to books via audible, a $95 self-purchase book discount can be applied at checkout by using the code: DISCOUNT.

 Book discussions will be held at Urban Ecology Center, River Side Park, 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee, WI 53211; 414-964-8505


Do We Only Read Books?

No we don’t only read books, we have fun too. Book discussions happen every 8 weeks, so we get together on the off months to network, connect and have fun!

Social Gathering Schedule

 November 2019—Drink and Ink Party at Bay View Printing

January 2020—Hunger Task Force Community Food Sort

March 2020—Axe Throwing at AXE MKE

May 2020—Fun and Games at The Up Down

July 2020—TBD

Events are subject to change based on availability. Cost of social outings is above and beyond membership cost.

Book List


The Bellwether Effect by Dr. Lance Secretan

In The Bellwether Effect, Dr. Secretan first proposes a theory that explains how and why leaders are attracted to, and seduced by, trendy ideas, and the process by which these ideas then become mainstream. He calls the originators of these trends, bellwethers, hence the book's title. He then goes on to describe eight examples of counterproductive business practices, among them, fear-based management, motivation, separateness and silos, employee engagement surveys, performance appraisals, salary grades and pay scales, mission, vision, and values statements, and the use of war as a metaphor for business. In each case, Dr. Secretan proposes a novel and inspiring alternative that could lead to transformation and an inspiring culture. We have lost our passion for corporate life. So, this is not an inconsequential issue-and it is time to reset our beliefs about what really matters in corporate life.


Purposeful Hustle by Deanna Singh

 Purposeful Hustle helps you answer the question: "How do I use my talents, skills, and resources to create a greater impact?" To be an effective change maker, you have to blend intentional thought (Purpose) with intentional action (Hustle). When engaging in Purposeful Hustle, you are directing your life's work toward intentionally making a positive impact in the world. Therefore, a Purposeful Hustler is someone who exists in the world with the ultimate goal of creating change! Storytelling is used throughout the book as a way to bring essential lessons and concepts to life. You will be given action-oriented reflection questions at the end of each chapter, in addition to practical tools that are aimed at putting intention into motion. In addition to walking you through a step by step guide to Naming your Purpose, Deanna will teach you how to build the four competencies that every Purposeful Hustler needs!

february 2020

Think Like Amazon by John Rossman

“What would Jeff do?” Since leaving Amazon to advise start-ups and corporations, John Rossman has been asked this question countless times by executives who want to know “the secret” behind Amazon’s historic success. In this step-by-step guide, he provides 50 ½ answers drawn from his experience as an Amazon executive―and shows today’s business leaders how to think like Amazon, strategize like Bezos, and beat the competition like nobody’s business. In addition to targeted strategies, you’ll receive a rare inside glimpse into how Jeff Bezos and Amazon take a remarkably consistent approach to innovate, explore new markets, and spark new growth. You’ll understand the unique mindset and inner workings that drive Amazon’s operational excellence, from its ground-up approach to new digital markets to its out-of-the-box attitudes on innovation. Along the way, you’ll learn specific game-changing strategies that made Amazon stand out in a crowded digital world. These include actionable ideas that you can use to transform your culture, expand your business into digital, and become the kind of platform company that customers obsess over. Rossman also offers invaluable insights into the latest technologies, e-commerce marketing, online culture, and IT disruptions that only an Amazon insider would know. 

APRIL 2020

Tinker, Dabble, Doodle, Try by srini Pillay M.D.

To finish tasks and achieve goals, most people believe that more focus is the solution. We rely on to-do lists, calendar reminders, noise-blocking headphones, and sometimes medication to help us concentrate—even though these tactics often fail to substantially improve productivity. Drawing on the latest brain research, compelling stories from his psychological practice, and colorful examples of counterintuitive success from sports, business, education, and the arts, neuroscientist Srini Pillay, M.D., challenges traditional ideas about productivity, revealing the lasting, positive benefits of adding deliberate and regular unfocus to your repertoireA fascinating tour through brain wavelengths and rhythm, mindsets, and mental relaxation, Tinker Dabble Doodle Try demonstrates how specific kinds of planned unfocus stimulate cognitive calmness, jumpstart productivity, enhance innovation, inspire creativity, improve long-term memory, and, of course, help you stay on target. 

june 2020

Network Beyond Bias by Amy C. Waninger

Is your professional network as diverse as the workforce and community around you? If not, you could be missing important opportunities for your career. We all face challenges in making meaningful connections, especially with people who differ from us in significant ways. Few of us consider the impacts of these missed connections. Even fewer know how to recognize and overcome them. This book will help you remove the artificial barriers that may be keeping you from your next mentor, star hire, or big customer. Are you ready to transform your career, one relationship at a time?



With over ONE MILLION copies sold - Smart Women Finish Rich is one of the most popular financial books for women ever written. A perennial bestseller for over two decades, now Bach returns with a completely updated, expanded and revised edition, Smart Women Finish Rich, to address the new financial concerns and opportunities for today's women. 

Whether you are just getting started in your investment life, looking to manage your money yourself, or work closely with a financial advisor, this book is your proven roadmap to the life you want and deserve. With Smart Women Finish Rich, you will feel like you are being coached personally by one of America's favorite and most trusted financial experts. The Smart Women Finish Rich program has helped millions of women for over twenty years gain confidence, clarity and control over their financial well-being--it has been passed from generations to generation -- and it now can help you.


Hardball for women by Pat Heim, phD, & tammy hughes with susan k. golant

 For nearly two decades, Hardball for Women has shown women how to get ahead in the business world. Whether the arena is a law firm, a medical group, a tech company, or any other work environment, Hardball for Women decodes male business culture and shows women how to break patterns of behavior that put them at a disadvantage. It explains how to get results when you “lean in” without being thrown off balance. Illustrated with real-life examples Hardball for Women teaches women how to:

  • Successfully navigate middle management to become a leader in your field

  • Be assertive without being obnoxious

  • Display confidence

  • Engage in smart self-promotion

  • Lead both men and women—and recognize the differences between them

  • Use “power talk” language to your advantage


Check out the books we read during the 2018-2019 Season.