January 9, 2015

Featured Author – Amy Wilkinson with The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs

A strategic advisor, entrepreneur, and lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Amy Wilkinson has spoken on innovation and entrepreneurship at the Wall Street Journal Women in the Economy conference, The Economist Innovation Summit, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, National Governor’s Association, and International Council of Small Business Summit, as well as national media outlets such as Fox News and CNN. Amy’s background is in international business and trade including serving in the White House as a Senior Policy […]
December 29, 2014

Featured Author – Stefan Weitz with Search: How the Data Explosion Makes Us Smarter

Stefan Weitz is a Senior Director of Search at Microsoft and charged with working with people and organizations across the industry to promote and improve Search technologies. While focused on Microsoft’s product line, he works across the industry to understand searcher behavior, academic developments, and innovations from all over and, in his role as an evangelist for Search, gathers and distills feedback to drive product improvements. Prior to Search, Stefan led the strategy to develop the next generation MSN portal […]
December 29, 2014

Featured Author – Susan Packard with New Rules of the Game: 10 Strategies for Women in the Workplace

Susan Packard is the co-founder of Scripps Networks Interactive and former chief operating officer of HGTV. Under Packard’s helm, HGTV became one of the fastest growing cable networks in television history. Today HGTV is available in more than 99 million U.S. homes and distributed in 175 countries and territories. Packard helped to build Scripps Networks Interactive to a market value of over $10 billion. She can be found online at, @PackardSusan and at About New Rules of the Game: […]
December 26, 2014

Featured Author – Jake Ducey with The Purpose Principles: How to Draw More Meaning into Your Life

Jake Ducey, a kid from a good Southern California family, seemed to have it all. But he didn’t. Something was missing, and the emptiness had led him to a life fueled by alcohol and drugs. Following his heart, Jake left it all behind and, with his meager savings, traveled the world. He discovered  that what he was seeking was inside himself the entire time—that our destiny is realized only if we look within ourselves first. Upon returning from his spiritual […]
December 12, 2014

Featured Author – George Westerman, Leading Digital: Turning Technology into Business Transformation

George Westerman is a Research Scientist in the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy. His research and teaching help senior executives drive competitive advantage with digital technology. He is coauthor of two award-winning books: The Real Business of IT (2009) and IT Risk (2007). Didier Bonnet is a Senior Vice President at Capgemini Consulting, where he serves as Global Practice Leader and heads Capgemini Consulting’s Digital Transformation program. He has more than twenty-five years’ experience in strategy, internet economics, globalization, and business transformation for large […]
November 20, 2014

Phil Klay’s Redeployment Wins National Book Award, Fiction

The Hooks Book Events team was excited to learn that our friend Phil Klay was honored with the 2014 National Book Award in Fiction for Redeployment. Klay’s story takes readers to the front lines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of […]
November 20, 2014

Featured Author – Chuck Todd, The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House

Chuck Todd is NBC News Political Director and the moderator of Meet the Press the flagship Sunday morning public affairs program and longest-running broadcast in television history. Prior to taking the helm of Meet the Press in September 2014, Todd served as NBC News Chief White House Correspondent (2008-2014) as well as host of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown (2010-2014). Todd has held the role of Political Director since March 2007, leading all aspects of the news division’s political coverage and analysis […]