The summer is for down time, which means it’s the perfect time to catch up on any books you might have put off to the side since the year started. Whether you’re by the beach, on a hammock, or just relaxing at home, a good book is a calming companion. That’s why we wanted to put together a recommended summer reading list to help you stay both informed and inspired.

The following books were written by SVC Members and/or upcoming SVC Conference speakers, so you can count on them to give you expert knowledge and advice. Even if you’re taking some down time this summer, these books are guaranteed to prime you up for the Fall season. Kick your feet up with one of these titles today:

“Mechanical Bull: How You Can Achieve Startup Success” by Cheryl Contee

In her book, Silicon Valley veteran Cheryl Cont will take you on a wild ride through her entrepreneurial journey as a woman of color, proving that no matter who you are, your startup can thrive. Contee shares practical lessons from her experience launching three startups and receiving over $2 million in venture capital despite being a non-traditional founder. Sharing honest accounts of gender and race bias in the world of entrepreneurship, Contee shares wisdom on how to navigate the system and chart your own path to success as a woman, a minority, or both.

“The Clean Money Revolution: Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism” by Joel Solomon

Part memoir, part insider’s guide, and part manifesto, Joel Solomon’s book is call-to-action in creating true prosperity by aligning values and money to transform the future. An activist and impact investor, Solomon believes that capitalism founded on exploitation and environmental ruin is over. Instead, he believes that business can evolve into a force that can restore the planet, transform the global economy, and bring justice to all people. Join Solomon on the shift toward the Clean Money revolution and get your copy here.

“Leapfrog: The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs” By Nathalie Molina Nino

Leapfrog offers 50 unapologetic, proven hacks to leapfrog over obstacles and succeed in business. Written by Nathalie Molina Nino, the proud daughter of Latinx immigrants, the advice offered here cuts through the outdated assumption that the secret ingredients to business success are being rich, white, and male. Instead, this book is an overdue start-up bible with uncompromising guidance on how to win—

even without a rich family or a built-in PR team. If you’re a business leader ready to get around the hurdles of not having family money, cultural capital, or connections, this one is for you.

“Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader” by Marc Lesser

With lessons captured from Google, a Zen Monastery Kitchen, and everywhere in between, Marc Lesser’s book offers wisdom on mindful leadership to help leaders avoid stress, burnout, and to promote connection and healthier alignment between leaders and their teams. Lesser’s proven seven-step method has been shared with leaders in Fortune 500 companies over the last two decades. The principles laid out in this book gives readers tools for awareness, communication, eliminating self-doubt and fear, and tips for minimizing unnecessary workplace drama. Using all seven recommended steps supports a path towards well-being, productivity, and positive influence.

“Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World” by Anand Giridharadas

Anand Giridharadas speaks on hot-button topics relevant to our community, warning readers about the global elite’s efforts to change the world while preserving their privilege. While intentions may sound good on paper, what are the roles that the elite play in maintaining the status quo, and creating the very problems that they will later pledge to solve? Giridharadas takes readers inside the world of the rich and powerful who promise to fight for equality and justice, but dodge the ways of doing so if it threatens their social order. The book also reminds readers that the grueling democratic work of building more robust, egalitarian institutions is far more reliable in creating lasting change- a call to action not just for the wealthy, but for all citizens.

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