How are the books selected?
Books one and two were pre-selected by a group of alumni to get things started! Afterwards, we’ll vote between several options each period and select each book based on participants’ interests.
How often will books be read, what is the time commitment and what are the expectations?
We’ll read a book every two months. The texts selected will be popular business and non-fiction books and take an average of six hours to read cover to cover. If you have between 15 and 30 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 can't read one of the books that's okay. If you can only read part of a book and contribute a little to the online discussion then that's okay too. The goal of this program is to connect Penn alumni together through reading, so participate as much as makes sense for you.
Will there be any in person meetings of the book clubs?
No, the book clubs 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 Penn alumni! You are responsible only for obtaining a copy of the book.
How do book club discussions work?
Each book club will have a moderator who manages the LinkedIn group 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 alumni to connect with each other through LinkedIn.
What if I don't have a LinkedIn Profile?
We're using LinkedIn Groups to host the virtual book clubs so it's easy to connect with fellow Quakers. If you don't have a LinkedIn profile you can make one for free at linkedin.com. Just signup and follow the easy instructions to make your profile. You can learn more about creating an effective LinkedIn profile by accessing our Career Tools Webinar Series archives on the topic!
What if my question isn't answered?
Feel free to send an email to Penn Alumni Career Networking and we'll be happy to help.