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 two months 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, a volunteer reviewer is selected at the beginning of the meeting. After brief announcements, we'll begin the discussion. The moderator will 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 the book. 

How are books selected?

Book club members are encouraged to nominate books the only criteria is: it must be relevant to project management. At each meeting, attendees will vote on nominated books, the book with the most votes is selected.

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 book club coordinator.

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 book club coordinator.

When is the next meeting?

Wendesday September 8th, 2021 is our next meeting, please check our events calendar for more details. 

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

Book/Reviewer  Rating (5-point scale) 

The Leader Habit: Master the Skills You Need to Lead--in Just Minutes a Day
By Martin Lanik

Reviewed by Ashley Welty - Meeting held 9/9/21


Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? 
By Seth Godin 

Reviewed by Emily Halderman - Meeting held 7/14/21

The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People by Gary Chapman and Paul White

Reviewed by Megan Cremer - Meeting held 5/14/21


BRAG! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It
by Peggy Klaus

Reviewed by Bina Patel Botts - Meeting held 3/16/21


The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self Assurance
by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman

Reviewed by Agata Kowalska - Meeting held 1/20/21


Conversations with RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law
by Jeffrey Rosen

Reviewed by Laura Betz - Meeting held 11/18/2020


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


The Happiness Equation
by Neil Pasricha  

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


The Southwest Airlines Way 
by Jody Hoffer Gittell

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


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


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

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


Template for Book Reviews

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. 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.