Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms
Shellye Archambeau W84
Grand Central Publishing
One of Silicon Valley’s first female African-American CEOs details the challenges she has encountered in her journey through corporate America. In Unapologetically Ambitious, Shellye Archambeau describes her own risk-taking and strategizing, and asserts practical approaches to achieving success. By offering actionable insights for readers, she enables them to wholeheartedly pursue both their professional and personal goals. Previously an executive at IBM and CEO of Blockbuster.com, Archambeau now holds board seats at several major companies, including Verizon, Nordstrom, and Roper Technologies.
Constant Comedy: How I Started Comedy Central and Lost My Sense of Humor
Art Bell WG82
Art Bell shares the story of how he launched and grew Comedy Central. From his involvement in the Wharton Follies, where he says he initially started to think about the channel, to the development of the first strictly-comedy cable network, Bell details the dramatic ups and downs of his unorthodox career. As he explains pitching the idea (at first to no avail), then becoming the co-head of programming for a failing entity and turning it into one of the most successful pop-culture outlets, Bell asserts that persistence and flexibility are key. The memoir also offers a behind-the-scenes look at the media industry, from live broadcasts to board meetings.
Resolved: Debate Can Revolutionize Education and Help Save Our Democracy
Robert Litan W72
Brookings Institution Press
Resolved author Robert Litan suggests one alteration to the American education system that he believes can change the nation for the better. By implementing debate-centric teachings in schools, Litan wants to encourage civil discourse and foster the skills of listening and persuading in an increasingly polarized society. The book explains this proposal and its implications for transforming American political culture. Geared toward educators, parents, government officials, and business leaders, the author provides a roadmap for a much-needed societal shift.
How to Drink from the Fountain of Youth
Rich Tola W85
In his latest book, Rich Tola outlines 30 steps for living a better, stronger, and healthier life, while also providing a journaling space to map out aspirations and experiences. The 57-year-old author guarantees that his steps will keep anyone in shape and boost energy, confidence, mental strength, and more. Suited for the young and unsure as well as the established yet curious, the book seeks to help readers pursue their passions, no matter their age.
Irrationally Passionate: My Turnaround from Rebel to Entrepreneur
Jason Kothari W07
Irrationally Passionate is the upbeat, authentic story of Jason Kothari as a young entrepreneur. Kothari’s journey into publishing began at Wharton, when he gathered enough money to keep his favorite comic book company, Valiant Entertainment, out of bankruptcy. After transforming and selling the business, he became a professional turnaround leader and top executive in India. The book details Kothari’s personal story, all the way from a childhood experience bartering near the Taj Mahal to his success as a CEO. Kothari also offers advice and insights — for example, noting that from high-achieving students to CEOs, all entrepreneurs are “irrationally passionate.”
Homeless to Millionaire: 6 Keys to Uplift Your Financial Abundance
Grace Vandecruze WG94
CPA and financial adviser Grace Vandecruze looks to help readers striving for financial freedom through a systematic, six-step process. In laying out her techniques for attaining economic security, she draws upon her own journey of overcoming personal setbacks — including a fire that left her and her family homeless for many months — and finding a passion for financial wellness. In addition to her financial acumen, readers can find inspiration in Vandecruze’s achievements as a mountain climber who has scaled Mount Kilimanjaro, parts of the Himalayan range, and other heights.
Hegel & Hobbes Have an Adventure
Brian Kenneth Swain WG91
In this new children’s book, hedgehog Hegel and hamster Hobbes set out on a journey together that leads them to meet new friends and encounter fresh experiences. The two look to teamwork, creativity, and optimism as they traverse their adventure. The story encourages readers to dream big and aim high while embracing help along the way and accepting others’ ideas. In addition to his children’s writing, Swain has authored novels, essays, short stories, and poetry.