Founder of SIM Women and president and CEO of Lamoreaux Search in Skippack, Pa.
Vacation plans: "We're headed to Williamsburg, Va., as soon as school lets out -- we're a family of history buffs. We'll also spend a couple weekends on Long Beach Island, hit a four-day music festival called PeachFest in August, and possibly a trip to Cancun."
Reading plans: "I am a voracious reader. I'll read three to four books a week at times, so I can't outline my entire summer reading list. But here are a few on my radar: Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success by G. Richard Shell. I heard him speak, and he teaches a Wharton class on success and how each person defines it differently; it was fascinating."
"On my table now is Politics of Promotion by Bonnie Marcus. She is so savvy. She's an executive coach, author, blogger for Forbes.com and a champion of women in leadership roles. Also The 11 Laws of Likability by Michelle Lederman. I recently saw Michelle speak, and the entire room of CIOs were amazed by her energy and her pitching arm (she was throwing Nerf balls across the ballroom). She takes the nebulous world of relationship management and networking and applies linear logic to it, so it's great for all us IT folks."
"I'll also be reading Chris Grabenstein's books with my son -- The Island of Dr. Libris, Mr. Lemoncello's Library and his Riley Mack books. I believe it's important for parents to read what their kids are reading in order to experience the book together and to ensure the child's comprehension of the story; plus it's fun."
"I'll also mix in fiction (James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Harlan Coben) and then historical event-based books like any book by Erik Larson. I love those."
Medium of choice: "I have more books on my B&N Nook than I do on my bookshelves. Devices allow you to bring a selection of books wherever you travel. Books for my son will be actual books."
Top recommendation for techies: Everyone's in Sales: How to Unleash the Power of Sales Culture to Boost Your Revenues, Profits and Growth by Todd Cohen. "Todd works with CIOs to help them create a mind-shift inside their organizations that translates into greatly improved business/IT interactions and relationships."
Also, 8 Things We Hate About IT: How to Move Beyond the Frustrations to Form a New Partnership with IT by Susan Cramm. "Hands down one of my favorite books; it's so damn funny. Susan is an executive coach and author, but she was also a CIO and a CFO, so she knows what she's talking about. She outlines the uselessness of the 'us v. them' mentality between the business and IT, and then takes it a step further to highlight solutions."