Karen Heyward-west

Influential books

August 17, 2008|By JOANNA BRENNER

Karen Heyward-West is the president and CEO of the Franciscan Center in Baltimore, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in September. The center was founded in 1968 and is dedicated to providing emergency assistance to those in need. The center serves more than 8,000 men, women and children each year through programs, including transportation and medical supplies.

What Manner of Man: a Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Lerone Bennett Jr.

After reading this book and looking at my life and my own personal testimonies, I was encouraged and humbled at the same time that this great man was able to be successful against all odds physically, mentally, spiritually and most of all socially during a time where it was not popular to do so.

Just Who Will You Be? by Maria Shriver

It's no secret that as a woman executive in the nonprofit sector you are faced with many adversities in your day-to-day life: family, work, health, community and that infamous last but not least self. ... After reading this personal growth book written by one of the busiest women in the world, I can truly say that my outlook on life is now clear: It is spiritual, and I have unique gifts that when expressed not only please me but they benefit the world that I touch.

In My Place by Charlayne Hunter-Gault

This is a resonate success story, a story of triumph over obstacles, of recognition and empowerment - but even more, it is a testament to the strength of family love, self-reliance and self-esteem. It is funny, warmhearted and dynamic. It tells how a remarkable woman became remarkable.

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