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On This Side of Paradise

July 17, 2020

Rizer, Mike (Executive Vice President and Director, Community Relations, Wells Fargo Bank)

American Literature; Students; Reading; Storytelling; Leadership;

Mike Rizer used to avoid reading at any cost, even buying CliffsNotes when necessary. But in his sophomore year of college, Ernest Hemingway changed all that. Since then, he hasn’t stopped reading.

In the professional realm of finance, Rizer finds that avid reading makes for good storytelling. Good storytelling makes for better leadership, communication, and critical thinking. “You can give people data, but they remember the story,” he says. Rizer found The Lost Generation, and the discovery changed his life.


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