BOOKS + COFFEE is a book club where NAWBO-OC members explore great books about business and life authored by women, founded by NAWBO-OC Past President Katie Adams Farrell and currently headed by board member Tiffany Tran.

1. November 2, 2021: What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing (Dr. Perry and Oprah)

Have you ever wondered "Why did I do that?" or "Why can't I just control my behavior?" Others may judge our reactions and think, "What's wrong with that person?" When questioning our emotions, it's easy to place the blame on ourselves; holding ourselves and those around us to an impossible standard. It's time we started asking a different question.

Through deeply personal conversations, Oprah Winfrey and renowned brain and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry offer a groundbreaking and profound shift from asking “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”

Here, Winfrey shares stories from her own past, understanding through experience the vulnerability that comes from facing trauma and adversity at a young age. In conversation throughout the book, she and Dr. Perry focus on understanding people, behavior, and ourselves. It’s a subtle but profound shift in our approach to trauma, and it’s one that allows us to understand our pasts in order to clear a path to our future―opening the door to resilience and healing in a proven, powerful way.

2. December 7, 2021: Manage your energy, not your time: Harvard Business Review article (Tony Schwartz and Catherine McCarthy)

The science of stamina has advanced to the point where individuals, teams, and whole organizations can, with some straightforward interventions, significantly increase their capacity to get things done.

3. January 4, 2022: Joy at Work: Organizing your professional life. Marie Kondo
Declutter your desk and brighten up your business with this transformative guide from an organizational psychologist and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

The workplace is a magnet for clutter and mess. Who hasn't felt drained by wasteful meetings, disorganized papers, endless emails, and unnecessary tasks? These are the modern-day hazards of working, and they can slowly drain the joy from work, limit our chances of career progress, and undermine our well-being.

There is another way. In Joy at Work, bestselling author and Netflix star Marie Kondo and Rice University business professor Scott Sonenshein offer stories, studies, and strategies to help you eliminate clutter and make space for work that really matters.

Using the world-renowned KonMari Method and cutting-edge research, Joy at Work will help you overcome the challenges of workplace mess and enjoy the productivity, success, and happiness that come with a tidy desk and mind.

Books We've Read

The book cover for So You Want to Talk About Race

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg


The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

marie kondo

Joy At Work by Marie Kondo
Scott Sonenshein

Reality Is Broken by Jane McGonigal

The cover of Braving the Wilderness
Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
What happened to you - Copy
What Happened To You by Bruce D. Perry, MD. PhD
Oprah Winfrey