We have partnered with the George Washington University to create a virtual book club for GW alumni that features professional development books, including management, leadership, organizational change, etc. The book club will connect alumni 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 will have plenty of time for each book. You do not have to commit to read every book.
There are three main reasons we hope you will be excited to participate in our book club:
1. Connect with Fellow GW Alumni: Joining this book club will introduce you to fellow alumni across industries, schools, generations, and regions to help you improve your network.
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. Second, the network you will be building may provide you with career advice, introduce you to new people and professional contacts, and could even help you find your next job.
3. Reading is Good for You: Did you know that people who read at least seven business books per year earn over 230% more than people who read just one book per year?1 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.
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. GW faculty and alumni authored books may be featured as well.
We plan to start the group by reading one book every two months. The texts selected will focus on professional development, lifelong learning, personal growth, and other topics and take an average of nine hours to read cover to cover. If you have between 30 and 60 minutes a week to read, you should be fine. There are no strict expectations on members for this virtual community; if you are particularly busy with work, family, or other obligations and cannot read one of the books, that is fine. If you can only read part of a book and contribute a little to the online discussion then that is fine too. The goal of this program is to connect with fellow GW alumni through reading and shared professional development opportunities, so participate as much as makes sense for you.
No, the book club will be entirely online. You can participate anywhere you have Internet access and on days and times that are convenient for you.
Participation is free for GW alumni! You are responsible only for obtaining a copy of the book.
Participants can get books for free at their local library or purchase them.
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.
We are using a private forum to host the virtual book club so it is easy to connect with fellow alumni. During our sign up process, you will enter the information to auto-generate your free profile. After you complete the sign up, we will send you a link to the forum and you can begin to post right away!
Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru is a book club management company that works with businesses, alumni associations, and professional societies. The George Washington University is teaming up with PBC to offer this program to GW alumni. You can check out their website at www.pbc.guru if you want to see more of what they do.
Feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be happy to help. If you have questions about other alumni professional networking opportunities, please visit alumni.gwu.edu or email email@example.com.
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/