What your fellow Leadership Giving Society members are reading


March is National Reading Month – the perfect time to fall back in love with reading or find a new title to add to your list.


We asked some of our Leadership Giving Society members for recommendations. Here’s our list of books to inspire you this year.



Nonfiction – Diversity, equity and inclusion

Black Fatigue by Mary-Frances Winters

-Christina Dancy, Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society member


The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States by Walter Johnson

-Patricia Zahn, Women’s Leadership Society member


We Can’t Breathe by Jabari Asim

Sal Martinez, Multicultural Leadership Society member




Nonfiction – Health

The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

-Neil Hershey, Men’s Leadership Society member


The Self-Care Prescription by Dr. Robyn L. Gobin

-Christina Dancy, Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society member




Nonfiction – Leadership and development

Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

-Sherry Bolling, Multicultural Leadership Society member


The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance by Tony Schwartz

-David Oeltjen, Men’s Leadership Society member


A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman

-Michelle Ko, Women’s Leadership Society member




Memoir and autobiography

Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

-Alexis Hershey, Women’s Leadership Society member


A Kind of Grace: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Female Athlete by Jackie Joyner-Kersee

-Francella Jackson, Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society Member




Sula by Toni Morrison

-Christina Dancy, Charmaine Chapman Leadership Society member


The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

-Alexis Hershey, Women’s Leadership Society member





Emily (Becherer) Gearhart

Emily (Becherer) Gearhart is a proud native St. Louisan, writer and lover of stories in all their forms. Faced with a captivating question, she will research her way down a rabbit hole and emerge with words that educate and inspire. You can probably find her taking in a musical, bingeing through a new podcast series, exploring the trails at local parks or curating her extensive library of Spotify playlists.