Our Story

We (Julia Wittrock and Grant Hensel) graduated from Wheaton College (IL) in May of 2015. In our final weeks as students we found ourselves wondering what books to read in preparation for careers in business.

A mutual friend, Miles Veth, gave us an unorthodox idea: ask Fortune 500 CEOs what their favorite books are, and read those. So we did.

We’ll be honest: we were only expecting a few responses. These are some of the busiest people in the world. So you can imagine our shock when six CEOs replied three days after we sent our message, and one hundred fifty CEOs ended up responding in total.

Excited by the momentum, we set to work reading the books that had been recommended, focusing on the top 50 titles. But the generosity of the CEOs in helping “mentor” us from afar left a deep impression. We decided to summarize each book we read and make a compilation of the summaries available to everyone.

And that brings us to the present day – we very much hope you enjoy the book! We’ve put a price tag on it because we plan to use proceeds from this initiative to fuel new and even more interesting projects (like Nonprofit Megaphone and the RoundUp App), but if you can’t afford the cost and truly want to learn, drop us a line.

Feel free to add us on LinkedIn. We’re excited to be on this journey with you.

Grant Hensel & Julia Wittrock

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