(September 9, 2020) Anne Morriss is co-author, with Frances Frei, of Unleashed: The unapologetic leader’s guide to empowering everyone around you, which The Charity Report Literary Circle reviewed on September 2, 2020. To help us—and you—get to know our authors in a fun way, we’ve developed our own Proust Questionnaire, and are debuting it today. Anne Morriss is Executive Founder of The Leadership Consortium and has also co-authored, with Frei, Uncommon Service: How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business.
What book are you reading now?
Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball.
What’s your favourite character of fiction?
The version of Hillary Clinton that Curtis Sittenfeld imagined in her new novel, Rodham, where Hillary walked away from Bill in her 20s and ended up pursuing the presidency truly on her own terms.
Best work of non-fiction?
Isabel Wilkerson’s new book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.
Biography you’d like to read
The definitive biography of Kamala Harris, the next Vice President of the United States, written by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Biography you’d like to write
My father T. Wynne Morriss, who died when I was young, after losing his fight with a rare form of cancer. He taught constitutional law at West Point, was famously involved in banning the practice of mandatory chapel for cadets and accused by some of “killing God.”
Existential threats to humanity
Despair. With hope, and a bit of audacity, anything is possible.
Idea of happiness
Taking a walk on the Long Island coast with my wife, our dog, and our two amazing sons. Followed by a long nap in a silent, pitch dark, climate-controlled hotel room.
Idea of misery
Being trapped among strangers in Medieval cosplay on a sweltering, late summer day. I experienced it once, and I’ve never fully recovered.
Best loved book as a teenager
The Passion by Jeanette Winterson.
Who would you best like to read you a story?
Alec Baldwin. I find his voice deeply comforting.