Join the Babson College
Alumni and Parent Book Club

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How it Works

We have partnered with the Babson Alumni and Friends Network to create a virtual book club for Babson College alumni and parents, covering professional development, productivity, leadership, faculty and alumni-authored books the participants are interested in. The book club will connect through a private forum where all participants can discuss the current book and network with each other. Joining the book club is completely free. You just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy. The group will read one book every two months so that you’ll have plenty of time for each book.

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Our September to December Selection:


Applied Empathy:

The New Language of Leadership

by Michael Ventura

The conversation in the forum will start on September 27th. To be ready for our final, end-of-book discussion, be sure to finish the book by December 6th!

Why Join?

There are three main reasons we hope you'll be excited to participate in our book club:

1. Connect With Fellow Babson College Alumni And Parents: Want another way to connect? Joining our book club will help you learn and grow with fellow alumni and parents to help you improve your network at work.
2. Advance Your Career: A book club can enhance your career on two fronts. First, the books you read may make you more effective in areas critical to success like leadership, communication and productivity.
3. Reading is Good for You: Did you know business people who read at least seven business books per year earn over 230% more than people who read just one book per year? Reading improves your intelligence, reasoning ability, and has been linked to reducing the chance of Alzheimer's.2 Joining our book club gives you the opportunity to read more and enjoy all the benefits that come with it.

The Books

Below are a few examples of the kind of books the group may read. We will vote between several options each period and select a book based on reader interests.

Frequently Asked Questions

So you’ve signed up and created a profile. When will the forum facilitation start?

The conversation in the forum will start on September 27th. To be ready for our final, end-of-book discussion, be sure to finish the book by December 6th.

How often will books be read, what is the time commitment? What are the expectations?

We plan to start the group by reading one book every two months. The texts selected will be professional development, productivity, leadership as well as faculty and alumni-authored books and take an average of nine hours to read cover to cover. If you have between 1 and 2 hours a week to read you should be fine.

Will there be any in-person meetings of the book club?

No, the book club will be entirely online. You can participate anywhere you have Internet access and on days and times that are convenient to you.

Is there any cost to participate?

Participation is free for Babson College alumni and parents!

How do I get the books?

Participants can get books for free at their local library or purchase them.

How do book club discussions work?

The book club will have a moderator from PBC Guru who manages the forum where discussions occur online. The moderator will pose questions to the group, share relevant articles and facilitate conversation about topics in the book. Members will be encouraged to post and share as well. This format allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for readers to connect with each other through the forum.

How do I make a forum profile?

We're using a private forum to host the virtual book club so it's easy to connect with fellow alumni and friends. During our sign up process, you will enter the information to auto-generate your free profile. After you complete the sign up, we'll send you a link to the forum and you can begin to post right away!

What exactly is PBC Guru and what do they have to do with the Babson College book club?

Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru is a book club management company that works with businesses, alumni associations and professional societies. The Babson Alumni and Friends Network is teaming up with PBC Guru to put this program in place for Babson alumni and parents.

I've already signed up. How do I log in?

If you are already a member, you can click here to log in.

What if my question isn't answered?

Feel free to send an email to info@pbc.guru and we'll be happy to help.

1 Tuesday Morning Coaching by David Cottrell, pg 134.
2 Harvard Business Review, 2012, https://hbr.org/2012/08/for-those-who-want-to-lead-rea/

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