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Great Reads for Summer

By the DRG Group


All of us at the DRG Group believe that you should never stop learning. Reading is one of the best ways to expand your knowledge, open your mind, and of course, indulge in a guilty pleasure or two. We love a good summer reading list, so we've put together this list of recommended titles for you to enjoy:


How to Change by Katy Milkman One of the most prolific scholars of behavior change examines what it takes to close the gap between our actions and our aspirations.a


Digital Body Language by Erica Dhawan A dynamic entrepreneur shows how we can avoid playing games of telephone and communicate more clearly over text, email, and social media.

Think Again by Adam Grant His brilliance remains and for those of you trying to rethink life post covid this tome really helps!


Leadership is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say And What You Don't by L. Davis Marquet

This great book teaches you how your words can improve decision-making and execution on your team. He provides six lessons that are easy to follow.


Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility by Patty McCord

McCord helped create the unique and high-performing culture at Netflix, where she was chief talent officer. This new book challenges the old corporate standbys of how to motivate, evaluate and reward employees and provides readers with a different path for creating a culture of high performance. It will change how you think about work.

The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger

Dr. Eger is a survivor of Auschwitz and this book tells her own personal story of dealing with survivors guilt and how she healed herself and helped others to heal. It is a beautiful and inspiring book.


American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

This novel is Angie Joens' favorite read of the year so far—it tells the story of a family that sacrificed everything for a glimmer of hope. It is on Oprah's book list and ours, too.


Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath For the last year and a half we have had to change almost everything. This book was one our organization read as part of our book club this year and it was great. The authors show us that our minds are ruled by two different systems—the rational mind and the emotional mind —and the tensions that can bring. In this book, they provide us with a pattern we can use to make the changes we want and need to make.


Life is in the Transitions: Mastering Change at Any Age by Bruce Feiler

A fantastic read about managing the pivotal moments in our lives, something we all can relate to right now. The author expertly blends research with compelling storytelling.

Decolonizing Wealth by Edgar Villanueva

Y’all, this is a must read for everyone who works in and practices philanthropy. It’s not an easy one, but the events of this past year and a half have underscored the need to confront painful truths in order to do the work required for meaningful change.

The Future of Fundraising by James M. Langley

Strategic donor relations has found a vocal champion in Jim Langley, and his new book is a testament to the power of infusing fundraising teams with the type of donor-centric approach we know can be a force for good.