Lifelong Learners: Books That Changed Our Lives

Pursuing knowledge is not confined to the classroom, and lifelong learners seek out new information and experiences. Not coincidentally, lifelong learners tend to find higher-paying occupations, according to educator Cassandra Whyte. When we asked some of our senior leaders for words of wisdom about creating a successful career in hospitality, we heard variations on the same theme.

"Learn as much as you can." - Mary Beth Cutshall, EVP & Chief Development Officer

"Ask lots of questions." - Stephanie Bauer, Regional VP of Operations

"Be curious." - Cory Chambers, SVP & Chief Revenue Officer

As kids head back to school, it's a great time to give some thought to how you can expand your own knowledge. Books are a great place to start. As author Helen Exley said, "Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled: 'This could change your life.'"

In that spirit, we asked some of HVMG's executives what books changed their lives, and here are their recommendations:

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

- Matthew Woodruff, EVP, Guest Excellence & Chief Brand Partner Officer

The Four Agreements by Don Ruiz

- Mary Beth Cutshall, EVP & Chief Development Officer

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It is a good reminder.

- Cory Chambers, SVP & Chief Revenue Officer

Not a book but the poet, Maya Angelou. "When someone shows you who they are believe them the first time." If I would have lived by that quote earlier in life, it would have saved me from some challenging times with people.

- Suzanne "Zanne" Saunders, VP, Design & Construction

1776 by David McCullough. I now have a passion for learning about how the United States was formed and why our values are so powerful.

- Andrew Pace, SVP, Business Development

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

- Stephanie Bauer, Regional VP of Operations

Setting the Table by Danny Meyer

- Marcus Marshall, VP, Restaurants & Bars

My Uncle Lou's training manuals...yes, he was hospitality professional!

- Ronald Mader, Regional VP of Operations

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