What People Are Saying About "UP"



No one likes to be treated as if they aren’t there. “Up: Pursuing Significance in Leadership and Life” is an inspirational book from Joan O. Wright as she advises readers to take up the mantle of importance in their everyday life, and how to apply it to greater success in one’s career, and pursue the summits of their lives. Practical and to the point, “Up” is a fine read that shouldn’t be overlooked by business leadership and self-help collections.”


—Midwest Book Review








"Peace is the character trait present in all self-actualizing people. Peace is not just a goal; it iS a never-ending life journey. UP is your roadmap for that important journey. Written with poignant wisdom and transformational clarity, you will never be the same after reading Joan Wright’s masterpiece."  - Chip R. Bell, Consultant, Internationally Acclaimed Keynote Speaker, Author, Wired and Dangerous

"A true gift for the lifetime learner, the transformational leader, and the aspiring leader. The climb to the summit teaches us humility, selflessness and an awe-inspiring view of the world, of ourselves, and of humanity. This book is rich with lessons from others, as well as coaching and guidance that only Joan’s wisdom can teach. You’ll immediately reflect on where you are on your journey, and how to navigate the climb ahead as well as the impact you have on those around you. Invaluable, unforgettable, practical and motivational." - Jenny Ward, Sustainability Engagement Manager, Duke Energy  

"So often leadership development focuses on solving problems and building skills for managing people and completely overlooks essential leader self awareness. UP gives us the opportunity to not just do better, but actually be better leaders for ourselves and for our organizations. It is a book that offers a personal roadmap to the Summit of Significance in leadership, and also an organizational map for business success and even significance – a rare jewel in the midst of all the leadership how-to’s out there. This is a book that will make you reframe who you are now, and where you want to go. It is a personal and professional challenge every leader needs." - Ron Garrow, Group Executive, Human Resources, MasterCard 

"Through the Summit Advance Model, Joan O. Wright provides a beautiful framework in which you’ll discover your deeply personal definition of life and leadership. Her words and model will inspire you to tighten your shoe laces for a literal and metaphorical journey to the top of your summit." - Dr. Cheryl L Richards, Regional Dean & Executive, Northeastern University