What to Read This Summer

Posted on June 27, 2017

School’s out for summer, so stock up on the books on this reading list inspired by female leaders across Capital One.


While summer reading is typically reserved for the hilarious memoir, the steamy novel, or the organization manifesto, sprinkling in a healthy dose of books that you’ve maybe never considered can be one of the better things you do with your free time. To cover a wide array of tastes, we asked some inspiring female leaders across Capital One for the name of the last great book they read, and turned their offerings into a list of must- reads. If you haven’t landed on your reading list this summer, you might want to add these options to your book shelf or audiobook playlist.

Clary Leffel, Senior Director, US Card Brand Strategy

I try to alternate between business/self-development and fiction, and will confess to doing more audio [books] than reading lately. I’ll give you one of each: The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani and The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz.

Lauren Connolley, VP, US Card

I love reading (I minored in English Literature because it was a passion of mine in college)! The Glass Castle is a memoir by Jeannette Walls about growing up in a very difficult set of circumstances and overcoming the past to find her own voice. It’s one of my favorite books.

Julie Eberfeld, SVP, Commercial Bank CIO

I am reading Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Lance. As a woman who grew up in the Midwest and happened to work in the community where and when J.D. was born, I find it a strong reminder of how cultures are built and how all people have a unique and important history that can be undervalued or forgotten. It is hard to walk in others’ shoes, but I think we could all benefit from raising our level of empathy for all people, not just those like us or ones we think we know. When we seek to understand others more deeply than what we see on the surface or what other influences lead us to believe, we learn that we are all just people, who have equal value and equal worth.

Linda Apsley, VP, Technology – Data Engineering

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt. I’ve been intensely interested in some recent data showing how people are moving geographically based on belief systems, and this book caught my eye. I’ve enjoyed this book as someone who wants to have strong relationships with people off all persuasions. Also, Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if your Life Depended on It by Chris Voss. It follows the same theme as above in terms of strategies and tools for healthy relationships across the spectrum of beliefs.

Pamela Rice, MVP, Technology

The Confidence Code by Katty Kay & Claire Shipmen. It takes a good look at confidence, the impact and blueprint for expanding.

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Colleen Krieger is Senior Manager of Digital Brand Strategy at Capital One.

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