10 reads for the working (or vacationing) woman

Whether you’re lounging on the beach, waiting in an airport, or just taking a long lunch break, summer is the perfect time to crack open a good book.

We asked women leaders at JPMorgan Chase what they’re reading — or recommending to friends — as the weather heats up. Here, they share some of their favorite books about female empowerment, friendship and perseverance:

“This inspirational, true story proves that no matter what your background, or where you come from, if you dream big and work hard, you can achieve great things. It’s also a great reminder of how we can raise others up, even from the most inhumane conditions, and bring out the best in them.”

Thasunda Duckett, CEO — Chase Consumer Banking

“This is my absolute favorite book. It covers so many life themes and is relatable to women from all walks of life. It’s a little bit magical, thrilling, and, ultimately, a book that teaches you to create your own path and not to follow anyone else’s no matter what”

Devin A. Graham, Campus Recruiter

“This book gives you a tangible kick in the seat that reminds you that you ARE amazing and not to let various people or circumstances impact your faith in that fact. Women in the workplace too often suffer from Imposter Syndrome, and this book affirms that you EARNED EVERY BIT of your success.”

Karna Crawford, Head of Marketing Strategy, Media and Digital Development — Chase Consumer Banking

“This is an engrossing story of friendship between two young girls that starts in post-WWII Naples and follows them through their coming of age as women and leaders. Not only is it a fascinating read; it provides a good perspective for young women on life, leadership and independence.”

Julia Bates, Chief Control Officer — Commercial Banking

“A great, quick, nonfiction read about a young career woman in NYC who has everything going for her until a freak medical condition turns her world upside-down. Her story reminds us that life can throw us curveballs, and you must sometimes be relentless to get the information that you need — in this case to save your life.”

Erica Dardaganis, Executive Director of Business Banking Sales Finance

“It is so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day ‘process of orchestrating life’ and forget who we are, what we are striving for and what we truly want to live for. The story of Alice Love is a great reminder to not let society’s expectations dictate our priorities or lose ourselves along the journey of achievement.”

Laura Miller, President — Small Business, Chase Merchant Services

“I absolutely loved this book. Each of the four chapters focuses on a different hardship that all young women can relate to. This book is a collection of poems that helps women face adversity and even find joy in the difficult areas of their lives.”

Marissa Hart, Sports & Entertainment Marketing Associate

“This book is for new and experienced managers, but the insights are also useful for those starting out in their careers. It walks you through learning your role, leaving past experiences behind, setting personal timelines for growth, gaining credibility, understanding team culture, building coalitions and achieving wins.”

Dionne Fraser, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel — Chase Business Banking

“So simple yet so influential, this book empowers you to listen to your heart and pursue your dreams irrespective of the obstacles that arise. The story serves as a reminder that we need to be fearless with our endeavors in order to fulfill our purpose with an open mind and heart.”

Yanilsa Frias, Financial Analyst

“We all need determination and motivation to work hard and achieve success in the face of fatigue, boredom or the desire to do other things. This collection of compelling sports narratives is what I pick up when I need to refresh my drive in the workplace or elsewhere in life.”

Annie Goldman, Global Technology Associate

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