Book-It-Forward Program

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Give the gift of knowledge and ideas to a colleague who has gone above and beyond to show your appreciation and gratitude. We'll pick up the tab; send a nomination today! Nominations will be reviewed once a month; recent recipients and their picks will be updated below.

How it works
1. Fill out the nomination form
2. We will reach out to your nominee if they're selected
3. They will select one of the books from below and we will send it to them.
4. That's it!

Nomination Form

Helpful Guidance
Please provide a narrative that articulates your nominee's contribution that is above and beyond what is reasonably expected. Please provide specific information, including but not limited to, the contribution, and the breadth and impact it has on the work, the process, the department, or the overall community at Champlain.

The following questions may serve as potential guiding criteria and framing of your narrative. 

  • How has your nominee provided behind the scene support to enable others to succeed?
  • How has your nominee exemplified the spirit of innovation in how they approach their work?
  • How has your nominee demonstrated leadership and/or commitment to inspire others to strive for professional excellence?
  • In what ways have your nominee displayed dedication and tenacity beyond what is reasonably expected?
  • How has your nominee embodied one or more of Champlain's values? (Innovation, engaged learning, inclusivity, interconnectedness, practicality)

Note: Each employee is eligible for one award per academic year to reach more members of our community across divisions and departments. Below is a list of past recipients by month. If your nominee has already been recognized this year, consider submitting a shout-out instead! Shout-outs appear weekly in the People Center newsletter.

2021 Academic Year Recipients


  • Lindy Pynchon

2019-2020 Academic Year Recipients

January - April

  • Angela Gale, Champlain College Online
  • Emily Peters, Champlain College Online
  • Maureen Whitney, Student Accounts
  • Diane Soboski, Office of Undergraduate Admissions


  • Ashley Michelle Fowler, Student Affairs, Diversity, and Inclusion


  • Bridget Grim, Student Affairs, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Erica Burke, Student Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion

Available Books

Turn the tideTurn the Tide
Over the past 25 years, Kathy Obear has helped thousands of people in workshops and coaching sessions learn to effectively navigate difficult workplace situations. Now, she shares the tools and skills of her 7-Step process, The Triggering Event Cycle, so you can take back control of your emotions and successfully rise above toxic work environments. In the spirit of Brené Brown and Martha Beck, Kathy uses stories and realistic examples to make these concepts accessible and easy to apply in your life. Her book is full of tools and exercises designed to help you rise above workplace drama and create greater teamwork, productivity, and innovation in your organization.

White FragilityWhite Fragility

In this "vital, necessary, and beautiful book" (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and "allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people' (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

It's the manager book

It's The Manager

Packed with 52 discoveries from Gallup's largest study on the future of work, It's the Manager shows leaders how to adapt their organizations to rapid change, ranging from new workplace demands to managing remote employees, a diverse workforce, the rise of artificial intelligence, gig workers, and attracting - and keeping - today's best employees. Who is the most important person in your organization to lead your teams through these changes? Gallup research reveals: It's your managers.

Unlocking potentialUnlocking Potential
To get the best from your employees, you need to be more than a manager. You need to be a coach. You're a leader because you possess expertise in your field. You have the training and experience. You understand your business...but can you fully motivate and engage your team? Michael K. Simpson, a senior consultant to FranklinCovey, has spent more than twenty-five years training executives to become effective coaches, mentoring and guiding leaders and managers to encourage and develop the talent of their people-the most important asset in any organization. In this guide, you will acquire the skills to coach your personnel from the ground up, maximizing their potential on a personal level, as members of the team, and as contributors to the organization as a whole.

The science of successful organizational changeThe Science of Successful Organizational Change
Leaders need guidance on change grounded in the latest science, not 20th-century myths. In this updated 2019 edition of The Science of Organizational Change, Paul Gibbons takes us on a journey from change mythology, from New Age change ideas, from "reports in drawers", and from pop psychology up to the present.In the first comprehensive treatment of behavioral science in business, you'll learn which cognitive biases caused the 2008 Financial Crisis, Enron, and the Deepwater Horizon. Later in the book, you'll discover how evidence-based management is helping leading businesses including Google.There are new concepts such as change-agility that answer the question - "how can organizations be more responsive, so they are the disruptors, rather than the disruptees?"

Leading with emotional courageLeading with Emotional Courage
You have the opportunity to lead: to show up with confidence, connected to others, and committed to a purpose in a way that inspires others to follow. Maybe it's in your workplace, or in your relationships, or simply in your own life. But great leadership-leadership that aligns teams, inspires action, and achieves results-is hard. And what makes it hard isn't theoretical, it's practical. It's not about knowing what to say or do. It's about whether you're willing to experience discomfort, risk, and uncertainty of saying or doing it. In other words, the most critical challenge of leadership is emotional courage. If you are willing to feel everything, you can do anything.

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