Upcoming Author Interview: Christopher Wong Michaelson and Jennifer Tosti-Kharas

Christopher Wong Michaelson, Jennifer Tosti-Kharas, Sally Haldorson

March 25, 2024


Is your work worth it? Watch our live-streamed conversation in May to learn more!

Our next live-streamed interview will be with Christopher Wong Michaelson and Jennifer Tosti-Kharas, co-authors of the new book Is Your Work Worth It?: How to Think about Meaningful WorkThe authors will be in conversation with Sally Haldorson, Porchlight's Managing Director.

Thursday, May 9, 2024
3pm CST
Live on YouTube, LinkedIn, and Facebook

Register to watch for free

Pre-order a copy of the book from our event partner, Boswell Books.

If you need copies for your business book club, organization, or job-seeking friends and family, we at Porchlight Book Company offer competitive discounts on all bulk book purchases.



What is work that's worth doing in a life worth living? A revealing exploration of the questions we ask and the stories we tell about our work. According to recent studies, barely a third of American workers feel "engaged" at work, and for many people around the world, happiness is lowest when earning power is highest. After a global pandemic that changed why, how, and what people do for a living, many workers find themselves wondering what makes their daily routine worthwhile. In Is Your Work Worth It?, two professors - a philosopher and organizational psychologist - investigate the purpose of work and its value in our lives. The book explores vital questions, such as: 

  • Should you work for love or money? 
  • When and how much should you work? 
  • What would make life worth living in a world without work? 
  • What kind of mark will your work leave on the world? 

This essential book combines inspiring and harrowing stories of real people with recent scholarship, ancient wisdom, arts, and literature to help us clarify what worthy work looks like, what tradeoffs are acceptable to pursue it, and what our work can contribute to society. 

About the Authors

Christopher Wong Michaelson is a philosopher with 25 years of experience advising business leaders pursuing meaning and providing work with a purpose.

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Christopher Wong Michaelson is a philosopher with 25 years of experience advising business leaders pursuing meaning and providing work with a purpose. He is the Opus Distinguished Professor and Academic Director of the Melrose and The Toro Company Center for Principled Leadership at the University of St.

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Sally’s mission as Porchlight’s Managing Director is to make Porchlight a great place to work for employees, and a consistently high-performing service organization for everyone in or orbiting the publishing industry. After 25 years working in book retail, she has developed a penchant for business strategy, both as a socio-economic force and a literary genre. Happy to put her English and Creative Writing degrees to work, she helped craft three editions of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time, and she reads, writes, and reviews for the company’s marketing team. Sally lives north of Milwaukee with her husband, son, and dog, and, in her spare time, rather doggedly works to perfect her writing skills and her tennis game, unsure which is the more Sisyphean endeavor.

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