This online book club is an opportunity to connect talent and development professionals by reading relevant books together. The group is a partnership between dozens of ATD Chapters and other L&D organizations. The book club will connect through a private online forum where all participants can discuss the current book and network with each other. The online forum is active 24/7 so people can join the conversation from anywhere in the world and at whatever time is convenient for them. Joining is completely free, you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy. The group will read a new book every two to three months so that you'll have plenty of time for each book.
Zach Rubin is a member of the ATD Metro DC Chapter and the CEO of Professional Book Club Guru. He has been managing the ATD Metro DC Online Book Club for more than two years and is excited to expand the program to connect L&D professionals across the country. Zach is a sought-after expert in creating online book clubs for professional development programs. His company, PBC Guru, manages hundreds of online book club programs for companies, professional societies and alumni associations. Zach lives in Silver Spring Maryland with his wife Jess and, when he isn't reading, he enjoys skiing, hiking, biking and eating spicy foods. You can reach Zach by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is in partnership with dozens of talent and development organizations around the country including:
ATD Austin Chapter
ATD Big Sky Chapter
ATD Birmingham Chapter
ATD Buffalo Niagara Chapter
ATD Cascadia Chapter
ATD Central Indiana Chapter
ATD Central Iowa Chapter
ATD Central Massachusetts Chapter
ATD Central Ohio Chapter
ATD Charlotte Area Chapter
ATD Chattanooga Area Chapter
ATD Cuyahoga Valley Chapter
ATD Detroit Chapter
ATD Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter
ATD Florida Suncoast Chapter
ATD Golden Gate Chapter
ATD Greater Boston Chapter
ATD Greater Cincinnati Chapter
ATD Greater Las Vegas Chapter
ATD Los Angeles Chapter
ATD Greater Philadelphia Chapter
ATD Greater Richmond Chapter
ATD Greater Twin Cities Chapter
ATD Hawkeye Chapter
ATD Heart of Central Illinois Chapter
ATD Houston Chapter
ATD Capital Region Chapter
ATD Kansas City Chapter
ATD Lincoln Chapter
ATD Long Island Chapter
ATD Maine Chapter
ATD Metro DC Chapter
ATD Mid-New Jersey Chapter
ATD Nebraska Chapter
ATD New Orleans Area Chapter
ATD New York City Chapter
ATD North Dakota Chapter
ATD Northern New Jersey Chapter
ATD Northern Rockies Chapter
ATD Northwest Louisiana
ATD Pikes Peak Chapter
ATD Puget Sound Chapter
ATD Rocky Mountain Chapter
ATD Sacramento Chapter
ATD Saint Louis Chapter
ATD San Antonio Chapter
ATD San Diego Chapter
ATD South Carolina Midlands Chapter
ATD Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter
ATD Southern Connecticut Chapter
ATD Southwest Florida Chapter
ATD Treasure Valley Chapter
ATD Tulsa Chapter
ATD Utah Chapter
ATD Valley of the Sun Chapter
ATD Valleys Of Virginia Chapter
ATD West Virginia Chapter
L&D Professionals of Greater Philadelphia
by Maria Konnikova
There are three main reasons we hope you'll be excited to participate in our book club:
1. Connect with Fellow Talent and Development Professionals: Interested in connecting with other professionals who are passionate about succeeding in L&D? Joining our book club will help you learn and grow with fellow talent and development professionals 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 will help give you the latest insights into the L&D field. Second, the network you'll be building may help you with career advice, introduce you to new people and find your next job.
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?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 might read. We will vote among several options each period and will select a book based on reader interests.
The group will read a book every two to three months depending on the length of the book. The books selected will relate to L&D topics such as organizational development, business, leadership, facilitation and much more. We'll ask for feedback from participants about the kind of books they want to read to make sure titles are relevant. Books should take 6 to 9 hours to read fully. We hope everyone will be able to read each book and participate in the discussion but understand that not everyone will be able to engage actively for every book.
Anyone interested in L&D can join the group and participate. You do not need to be a member of one of the program partner organizations to join so feel free to share the group with friends and colleagues!
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.
Participation is free for all!
Participants can get books for free at their local library or purchase them.
The book club will be moderated by Zach Rubin from PBC Guru who will manage 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're using a private forum to host the virtual book club so it's easy to connect with fellow professionals. 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!
Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru is a book club management company that works with businesses, alumni associations and professional societies. PBC Guru is working with a number of Talent and Development Organizations to host the book club. You can check out their website at www.pbc.guru if you want to see more of what they do.
If you are already a member, you can click here to log in.
Feel free to send an email to our group moderator, Zach Rubin, at email@example.com and he'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/