What Would Your Book's Title Be?

ASAE & The Center members share what the book of their life would be like.

Book title: The Giver

There's a book by Shel Silverstein called The Giving Tree that I used to read to my kids. I feel like the tree that gives and gives—and sometimes I feel like I've given right down to the stump. But when I'm bone tired from being a parent, or volunteering, or working with my association member-volunteers, I recall that the tree [in the book] simply enjoyed being there. Maybe that's what life is—being there for others. Maybe this sounds philosophical, but we in nonprofit management must certainly all have the "giving" wiring.

—Peggy M. Hoffman, CAE, president, Mariner Management and Marketing, LLC

Book title: Invisible Work

A study of how the work of infrastructure departments is invisible until it's not being done, and then it becomes very visible. I find "Invisible Work" comparable to the term "Fifth Business" as utilized by Canadian novelist Robertson Davies. "Fifth Business" refers to the group of actors who are neither the hero nor the heroine, the villain nor the confidante, but who are, nonetheless, essential to the plot.

—Elizabeth Davis, staff director/human resources, IEEE

Book title: Live and Learn, Together

My story is about how my life has always had a path to bring people together to learn, share, and grow. As an adult, I found my passion was to educate myself with graduate school, professional registration, and certification and also to bring other people together to learn and share. My fear for the future is that the economy will hinder people's love for learning, prohibit the ability for people to network professionally, and we will lose a great sense of community with ourselves. My book would motivate people to never sacrifice learning opportunity for cost, as its value is often immeasurable.

—Tracy Petrillo, CAE, director of education and conferences, League of California Cities

Book title: It Just Keeps Gettin' Better Every Day

The focus would be on how I have combined understanding and comfort with who I am with equal doses of ambition and hard work to produce more and more success and fulfillment. I'm convinced that for folks who do that, it really does just keep getting better and better every day.

—Jon C. Hockman, principal, The d3 Group

Book title: How to Be Interested, Not Just Interesting

I heard or read that somewhere, and it fits what I try to do in not only the association community but life in general. I have also had people say that they want to meet with me because I always bring something interesting to the table.

—Ross E. Ament, CAE, associations specialist, Association Resource Center NIU Outreach