Relevant. Purposeful. Selected for you.

There are countless books available on improving professional skills, but most of us have little time to read them, let alone sift through all to find the ones worth reading. So, we decided to help with that first step by sharing books we've found very helpful and relevant to our nonprofit sector.

The club is open to all staff at Center member organizations. We know how busy everyone is, so we'll allow plenty of time for each book.

Interested in joining? Contact Patrick Rabiecki or Aziza Rush.


Fourth book: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

A New York Times bestseller for over a decade, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

“This book by don Miguel Ruiz, simple yet so powerful, has made a tremendous difference in how I think and act in every encounter.” — Oprah Winfrey

Dig in and join us on our next read!

Third book: Deep Work by Cal Newport

Deep Work dives in to how to revolutionize work habits in a world where distractions are prevalent and attention spans are short. Newport presents a rigorous training regimen for readers to follow, as a series of four "rules" for transforming your mind and habits.

Cal Newport is a computer science professor at Georgetown University and a New York Times bestselling author of seven books. Newport is also a regular contributor to the New Yorker, the New York Times, and WIRED.

“The Center’s book club is excited to dive into Cal Newport’s book about staying focused in a world where distractions are around every corner.” Patrick Rabiecki, Member Associate and co-planner of the Book Club.

Second book: For Every One by Jason Reynolds

After listening to Jason Reynolds' inspiring words at the Center’s 2020 Annual Celebration, we are excited to dive deeper into his mind through his book of poems, For Every One.

Jason is an author and poet from Washington, DC. He has occupied three slots on the New York Times best seller lists for children's literature and won The National Book Award in 2016.

“I'm excited to read For Every One, a collection of poems by Jason Reynolds. I have a feeling that the poems will be inspirational and will encourage introspection,” Aziza Rush, VitalHealth Customer Operations Coordinator and co-planner of the Book Club.

Wrap-up on first book

The Center's Book Club is proud to announce the completion of our first book, The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni. Through this book, Lencioni introduces readers to the “3 essential virtues” (humble, hungry and smart), delving into the aspects of each and what makes them so important. Each month, the Center team sent out notes on what they had read that month, and gave others a chance to share their thoughts on what they read. On Friday, April 16, we held our wrap-up meeting to discuss the book in its entirety. A huge thank you to all who participated in our first round of our Center Book Club!