We Polled More Than 100 Women for Their Go-To Personal and Professional Development Resources – Here’s What They Said

By TS Bank
Published: Mar 15, 2019 1:52:50 PM
Topics: Community

During the inaugural LeadingWELL: women empowering local leaders, TS Bank asked the 110 women that attended where they look for guidance when it comes to person and professional development. They answered with a variety of people, brands, books, podcasts and more.

Here are those suggestions:


Cy Wakeman, Randi Zuckerberg, Steven Fitrick, Simon Sinke, Mindwalley, Hot House Design Studio, Center Sphere, Nike, Under Armour, Joan Garry, Ruby Payne, the Magnolia brand and the Pioneer Woman.

Those polled also said Carol Dweck, RuPaul, Tasha Tuder, John Kotter, Magnolia, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Tom Selleck, Kimberly Seldon, Mark Graham, Arbor Street Studios, Mel Robbins, Brian Buffini, Apple, Target, Jon Gordon and Oprah.

And they said Brendon Burchard, Barb Murphy, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Rachel Hollis, John Maxwell, Bob Goff, MJ Harris Speaks, Carrie McDonald, CB Women, Humans of New York and any resources that are ethically sourced. 


“Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson, “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini, “You Can’t Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike at a Seminar” by David Sandler, “The Code of the Extraordinary Mind” by Vishen Lakhiani, “Gallup Strength Finder” by Donald O. Clifton and Marcus Buckingham, “Bridges out of Poverty,” “Getting Ahead” by Joel Garfinkle, “A Wrinkle in Time” Madeleine L’Engle, “Crucial Conversations,” “Braving the Wilderness” by Brené Brown, “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng, “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert, “Girl Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis, “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed, “The Go-Giver” and “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. 

Others included “Becoming” by Michelle Obama, the Harry Potter series, “Why is Everyone Hanging Out with Me?” by Mindy Kaling, “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero, “Uninvited” by Lysa Terkeurst, “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne, “Present Over Perfect” by Shauna Niequist and “The Wisdom of Sundays” by Oprah Winfrey. 

Authors mentioned include Jane Austen, Toni Morrison, John Steinbeck, Rachel Hollis, Nicholas Sparks, Martha Stewart, Cy Wakeman, Bob Goff and John Maxwell. Other answers included Studor Education, the library, leadership books, fiction, reality-based leadership and self help books.


National Public Radio, One Thing, Dave Ramsey, Todd and Tyler, Whimsically Volatile, “S” Town, Pod Save America, Rachel Hollis – The Rise Podcast & The Dais Podcast, Joe Rogan, Adult Sh1t, LuAnn Nigara’s A Well Designed Business, Mom and Kids, 90-Second Daily Tips, Comedy Female, Hotcopy, Bedtime History, Katie Couric, Jen Hatmaker, RadioLab, The Daily, TED Talks, 48 Hours, Ear Biscuits, Dirty John, Steve Futrick and Enlighten Me.


Spiritofthebluffs.com, Cy Wakeman, Simon Sinek, TED Talks, MindValley, We Love Florist, LinkedIn, Rachel Hollis, IMDB, Buzzfeed, The Everygirl, Nonprofit Pro, Creative Bug, Sweet Survivor, Facebook, Lynda.com, Scary Momma, T.D. Jakes, Oranize.com, The Muse, Pinterest, Commune.com.

Those polled also said anything art related, websites about dogs, Facebook support groups, and websites about fashion, leadership development, grants and management. 

Please comment below with any additional resources you feel should be added to the list. Interested in attending the next LeadingWELL event? Email marketing@tsbg.com to be added to the email list.

Written by TS Bank