To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History

By: Lawrence Levy

“When you look at Pixar, it’s easy to be so inspired by what they have accomplished that you forget they were once a scrappy startup too. This book chronicles the early days of the organization and the impossible odds they had to overcome in order to become the creative powerhouse they are today.”

– Elizabeth  Giorgi, Mighteor

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

By: Shonda Rhimes

“We value and hold our time so tightly (especially as entrepreneurs) that it is easy to let opportunities slip by. This was a great book to see another perspective. What if we do say yes to everything that comes our way—especially those things that we don’t want to do or don’t like to do?”

– Pooja Bavishi, Malai

Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility

By: Patty McCord

“This book is a fascinating read about Netflix’s evolution as a company and an inside look at the culture they built.”

– Christine Tao, Sounding Board

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson

By: Mitch Albom

“This book  reminds me of one of my mother’s biggest lessons: sit down with, listen to, and respect the elderly—their lessons are invaluable.”

– Valeria Cole, Teadora

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live

By: Brené Brown

“Being vulnerable has never come easily to me, but I’ve learned a lot about courage through practicing more vulnerability. I really appreciate how this book debunks vulnerability myths and gives you direct tools to help you start expressing your vulnerable parts.”

– Sashee Chandran, Tea Drops

The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

By: Olivia Fox Cabane

“I loved this book! I think a lot of us feel like we are either born with charisma or without it. To learn about the different kinds of charisma and the ways in which you can increase your impact was fascinating! I feel that charisma is one of the most important tools your toolbox.”

– Floery Mahoney, Da Vinci Bodyboard

Captivate:The Science of Succeeding with People

By: Vanessa Van Edwards

“This book propels you to think beyond yourself and consider how other people think, act, and respond. Building connections with people means the world to me in both my personal and professional life. This book challenged me to optimize those interactions.”

– Jessica Pezzotti, Custom Beer Handles

Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time

By: Howard Schultz

“The Starbucks journey teaches us how to start local and grow global. Howard Schultz shows us how he delivers the essence of ‘will you be my “coffee” today?’ Starbucks is no longer just a coffee company, it is a culture.”

– Kelly Tran, Configurate

The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up

By: Norm Brodsky & Bo Burlingham

“This book explains that there isn’t a set formula for success. It taught me how to overcome some of the hurdles and challenges I face in my business.”

– Minaz Manekia, Right By Your Side

Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose 

By: Jean Case

“Through compelling storytelling, Jean Case shows how bold decision-making and against-all-odds acts of fearlessness have transformed the world. Be Fearless stresses one of the most critical components of successful entrepreneurship: discomfort. Her very practical roadmap shows budding entrepreneurs how to think independently and push beyond their comfort zone. Change is hard, but Be Fearless gives entrepreneurs the tools they need to embark—fearlessly—on their own journey.”

– Tory Burch