Northeast Ohio Chapter of PMI

WIPM Book Club

The PMINEO WIPM Book Club is a forum for talking about books that touch on the widely varied challenges of women in project and program management. There is no Book Club membership dues or fees, anyone can sign up to join our conversations!

There are only three key requirements to join: pre-registration, reading the book before the meeting (and this one is a little fluid), and coming to the Book Club with an open mind and being prepared to have your understanding adjusted as you hear about the book through the voices of your professional peers.

Would you like to participate in a book club? Here's what you do:

  1. Go to the Events Calendar to find the date of the next book club meeting and register for it. Typically meetings are about every six weeks to allow time for reading the selected book.
  2. The event description includes the name of the book and author. Acquire the book through the local library, book store or perhaps an e-book application. Read it and come to the meeting prepared to discuss it.

Book Club Meeting Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

How is the book club meeting structured?

Each meeting has a facilitator who guides the discussion. Order your breakfast and after brief announcements, we'll begin the discussion. We have created a list of questions as a guide for our discussion. At the end of the meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to nominate new books and will vote on the next book selection.

What is the cost?

There is no cost for the event. Your only cost is your breakfast and the book. 

How are books selected?

Book club members are encouraged to nominate books based on specific criteria: It must be relevant to project management and the book cannot cost more than $30 or have more than 300 pages. At each meeting, attendees will vote on nominated books. Your first choice will receive two points and your second choice will receive one point. The book with the most points wins.

How do I nominate a Book?

One of two ways, bring the book suggestion to a book club meeting or Send an email to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How many PDUs can I earn?

You can earn PDUs by simply reading the book. Under the new CCRS guidelines, reading is its own category ("Education - Read"). You can earn up to four (4) PDUs for reading the book selection. You will also earn two (2) "Informal Learning" PDUs for attending the meeting. One volunteer will earn an additional "Giving Back - Volunteering" PDU for writing a book review or (2) PDUs for facilitating the meeting. The alignment to the Talent Triangle will vary based on the book selection. Please note that "Giving Back" PDUs has a maximum allowed per certification cycle. Category limitations may apply.

Who do I contact for more information?

Send an email to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

When is the next meeting?

Wendesday November 18th, 2020 is our next meeting, please check our events calendar for more details.

List of Books Under Consideration

    1. The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential by John Maxwell
      True leadership isn't a matter of having a certain job or title. In fact, being chosen for a position is only the first of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To become more than "the boss" people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. To grow further in your role, you must achieve results and build a team that produces. You need to help people to develop their skills to become leaders in their own right. And if you have the skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership-where experience will allow you to extend your influence beyond your immediate reach and time for the benefit of others.

    2. Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office: Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers by Lois P. Frankel  
      She teaches you how to eliminate these unconscious mistakes that could be holding you back and offers invaluable coaching tips that can easily be incorporated into your social and business skills. Stop making "nice girl" errors that can become career pitfalls

    3. How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job by Sally Helgesen 
      Leadership expert Sally Helgesen and bestselling leadership coach Marshall Goldsmith have trained thousands of high achievers--men and women--to reach even greater heights. Again and again, they see that women face specific and different roadblocks from men as they advance in the workplace. In fact, the very habits that helped women early in their careers can hinder them as they move up.

    4. The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance-What Women Should Know by Katty Kay
      Confidence. We want it. We need it. But it can be maddeningly enigmatic and out of reach. The authors of the 
      New York Times bestseller Womenomics deconstruct this essential, elusive, and misunderstood quality and offer a blueprint for bringing more of it into our lives.  Is confidence hardwired into the DNA of a lucky few, or can anyone learn it? Is it best expressed by bravado, or is there another way to show confidence? Which is more important: confidence or competence? Why do so many women, even the most successful, struggle with feelings of self-doubt? Is there a secret to channeling our inner confidence?

    5. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? By Seth Godin
      Few authors have had the kind of lasting impact and global reach that Seth Godin has had. In a series of now-classic books that have been translated into 36 languages and reached millions of readers around the world, he has taught generations of readers how to make remarkable products and spread powerful ideas. In Linchpin, he turns his attention to the individual, and explains how anyone can make a significant impact within their organization.
      There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there's a third team, the linchpins. These people figure out what to do when there's no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art. 

    6. How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life by Joanna Barsh
      Based on five years of proprietary research, How Remarkable Women Lead speaks to you as no other book has, with its hopeful outlook and unique ideas about success. It's the new "right stuff" of leadership, raising provocative issues such as whether feminine leadership traits (for women and men) are better suited for our fast-changing, hyper-competitive, and increasingly complex world.

Book Reviews - click on the book title for the chapter book review

Book/Reviewer  Rating (5-point scale) 

Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong
by Jessica Bacal

Reviewed by Shasha Zhao - Meeting held 9/23/20

4.50

The Happiness Equation
b
y Neil Pasricha 

Reviewed by Cheryl Simecek - Meeting held 7/15/20

4.00

The Southwest Airlines Way 
by Jody Hoffer Gittell

Reviewed by Grace Skaff - Meeting held 4/15/20

3.00 

Pushback: How Smart Women Ask--and Stand Up--for What They Want 
by Selena Rezvani

Reviewed by Megan O’Malley -  Meeting held 1/28/20

 3.66

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead 
b
y Cheryl Sandberg

Reviewed by Colleen Zettler - Meeting held 11/5/19

3.88

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