Ask any Envision alum about our programs, and they’ll tell you they’re tons of fun and our speakers are inspiring.
No matter which field you or an important student in your life are interested in, our Speaker Network has provided what could be the perfect gift this season—their books!
Stoke some inspiration this season—Envision summer programs will be starting before you know it!
The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law, Haben Girma
This is the incredible life story of Haben Girma, the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, showcasing her amazing journey from isolation to the world stage. Girma’s journey takes readers through a thrilling game of blind hide-and-seek in Louisiana, a treacherous climb up an iceberg in Alaska, and a magical moment with President Obama at The White House. Warm, funny, thoughtful, and uplifting, this captivating memoir is a testament to one woman’s determination to find the keys to connection. Ms. Girma was a speaker at Envision’s 2019 Intensive Law & Trial program.
On Becoming a Doctor: Everything You Need to Know about Medical School, Residency, Specialization, and Practice, Dr. Tania Heller
Becoming a doctor is so much more than acing your MCATs, living through med school, and getting the perfect residency. It’s a career that demands long hours on little to no sleep, constant continuing education, and the tough decision of which medical specialty you want to practice. On Becoming a Doctor calmly and thoroughly walks you through each academic, physical, and emotional step you'll take on your way to a successful career in medicine, and it includes interviews with many different specialists to help you choose a medical path. Dr. Heller is a part of the Envision Speaker Network, participating in the National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine program.
The Moscow Rules: The Secret CIA Tactics That Helped America Win the Cold War, Jonna Mendez
The Moscow Rules tells the story of the Cold War intelligence breakthroughs that turned the odds in America's favor. As experts in disguise, Antonio and Jonna Mendez were instrumental in developing a series of tactics—Hollywood-inspired identity swaps, ingenious evasion techniques, and an armory of James Bond-style gadgets—that allowed CIA officers to outmaneuver the KGB. As Russia again rises in opposition to America, this remarkable story is a tribute to those who risked everything for their country and the ingenuity that allowed them to succeed.
Spy Dust: Two Masters of Disguise Reveal the Tools and Operations That Helped Win the Cold War, Jonna Mendez
Another real-life thriller by NYLF Speaker Jonna Mendez is Spy Dust. The world of espionage—the hidden identities, gadgets, and secretive strategies—is shared in this non-fiction book about U.S. intelligence abroad during the twilight of the Cold War. Ms. Mendez is a part of the Envision Speaker Network, participating in the National Youth Leadership Forum: National Security—Diplomacy, Intelligence & Defense program.
STEM Gems: How 44 Women Shine in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and How You Can Too!, Stephanie Espy
Chemical Engineer Stephanie Espy, a graduate of MIT, UC Berkeley, and Emory University, tells the stories of 44 inspiring women in science, technology, engineering, and math and identifies a new set of heroes for girls and young women around the world to look up to. Through the eight chapters that outline actionable steps, readers will learn what they can do right now to set themselves up for success and create their own unique paths. STEM Gems is relatable, encouraging, and inspiring, demonstrating the next generation of women’s limitless possibilities. Ms. Espy is a part of the Envision Speaker Network, participating in the National Youth Leadership Forum: Explore STEM program.
A Young Innovator's Guide to STEM: 5 Steps To Problem Solving For Students, Educators, and Parents, Gitanjali Rao
While this book won’t technically be available until March 2021, pre-ordering it would make a great stocking stuffer and a sweet spring surprise. Gitanjali Rao, innovator and America’s Top Young Scientist, and TIME Magaizine's first-ever Kid of the Year, brings readers an interactive experience to help immerse students in the innovation process. A Young Innovator’s Guide to STEM encourages students, teachers, and educators to adapt to a new learning style—one that can have a positive impact on society. Ms. Rao is a part of the Envision Speaker Network, participating in the National Youth Leadership Forum: Explore STEM Alumni program.