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RISE & Read Book Club

Books provide powerful narratives for shedding light on gender equity issues and the strategies for solving them. IWL’s RISE & Read Book Club connects women and men around new ideas and experiences from some of the world’s most powerful stories. These affinity groups provide safe spaces to discuss big ideas and experience new perspectives. The selected books help readers understand the world differently so they can go out and change it for the better.

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Ready to join? Here's how it works:

Find your RISE & Readers

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Put together a group of RISE & Readers (8-12 members is ideal). If your group is centrally located, meet in person. If not, we've certainly learned over the past year there's not much we can't do (and do well) virtually. 

Flying solo? Email to be connected with other RISE & Read groups. You can also use this email to make updates to group members after registering.  

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Organize the group

Select a member to be your organizer. Schedule a virtual or in-person gathering. At your first meeting:

  • Get to know one another if you don't already

  • Give your group a name

  • Decide on meeting dates/times

  • Determine group roles

  • Agree on how you'll communicate (e.g., email, text, Slack)


Register your group with IWL. Provide your group's name, members, and contact information so everyone receives RISE & Read information from IWL. 

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Read IWL's monthly book selection

IWL will announce a monthly book selection to help us RISE personally and professionally. RISE & Read books encourage members to learn, move past our challenges, and get out of our comfort zones.

We'll announce the RISE & Read book of the month at the close of our seasonal RISE Series webinars the second Tuesday of each month. 

We plan to showcase a few book authors as part of our series. Email your book suggestions to

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Take advantage of RISE & Read Book Club benefits

IWL will provide a discussion guide and fun perks for our RISE & Read Book Club members throughout the year. 


Launch your club

Meet with your group each month. Engage in thoughtful discussion, share your opinions, and HAVE FUN! 

Note: We know people are busy! The RISE & Read Book Club is a no judgment zone. If you don't finish the book, show up anyway for great conversation. 

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That's B.S.: How Bias Synapse Disrupts Inclusive Cultures and the Power to Attract Diverse Markets


Diversity, Inclusion & Unconscious/Implicit Bias – These are words we hear almost daily now. They have become buzzwords for many people and a new revenue stream for many companies.


D&I consultants and trainers have popped up to make fast money of those buzzword but this is not the case for Risha Grant. For the past 18 years, in one of the most conservative states in the nation, she has worked tirelessly to educate individuals and companies on the competitive advantage and economic value associated with embracing diversity and inclusion.


She is calling BS on your bias synapse with three simple steps to identify, own and confront your bias – her focus is to help you stop making your issues someone else’s fault. Personally, these steps will open your mind to will remove barriers to assist you with creating better products and enhancing your services. Additionally, That’s BS will help business and community leaders with strategies to build an inclusive culture and attract diverse markets.

by Risha Grant

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 11 am - Noon EDT

Navigating Our Crucible Moments: Staying True to Our Values, Our Purpose & Ourselves

RISE & Read Registration

To register, please fill out the information below.


Past Selections

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Tracy J. Edmonds

Best-Selling Author

Wild Hair: A Courageous Woman's Guide to a Bold and Authentic Career

In her new book Wild Hair, Tracy notes, “It’s impossible to balance work and life, because for most of us, work is a part of life, not something separate that we can adjust on the fly to make the scales even out.” 

In this session, she’ll share why it's not about work. It’s about you, your values, and alignment between the two.

Tracy provides powerful lessons for:

  • Embracing life's tests

  • Living with authentic alignment

  • Building the needed support to grow from crucible moments


Tracy knows how to bring out the best in people. Learn how to navigate life's crucible moments and find a better sense of self and well-being along the way.

Join us on April 13th for the newest installment of our RISE & Renew well-being series! 

A complimentary event for the IWL Community. 

Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential and How You Can Achieve Yours

July 2021

The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know

August 2021

Leading from Purpose: Clarity and the Confidence to Act When It Matters Most

September 2021