Book Club

Join us each month with Bob Safian, former editor-in-chief and podcast host in conversation with featured authors at the Virtual Experience Series Book Club.

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See the Book Club Selections by Month

    DECEMBER: Markus Osterwalder, “Olympic Games: The Design”

    Markus Osterwalder

    Graphic designer and Olympic historian Markus Osterwalder has been dedicated to the design of the Olympic Games for nearly 30 years. He’s visited every edition of the Games since Lillehammer 1994, taking photographs, collecting memorabilia, and meeting with designers of everything from the uniforms to the souvenirs.

    His new book, Olympic Games: The Design, takes readers deep into the history and identity of the Olympic Games, through the lens of 6,000 illustrations, telling the stories behind past logos, mascots, medals, tickets, posters, and so much more.

    NOVEMBER: Maria Konnikova, “The Biggest Bluff: The Confidence Game” 

    Maria Konnikova

    Join author Maria Konnikova for a discussion about her New York Times bestseller: The Biggest Bluff: The Confidence Game. While researching The Biggest Bluff, Maria became an international poker champion and the winner of over $300,000 in tournament earnings—and inadvertently turned into a professional poker player.

    OCTOBER: Sangu Delle, “Making Futures”

    Sangu Delle


    Making Futures by Sangu DelleMeet with Sangu Delle, entrepreneur and author of Making Futures, a collection of stories about 17 young entrepreneurs from 14 countries doing incredible work across Africa. Register by 6 October for a chance to win your personal copy.

    SEPTEMBER: Karin Hurt & David Dye, “Courageous Cultures”

    Karin Hurt and David Dye

    Karin Hurt and David Dye are the co-founders of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership consulting firm that helps leaders from around the world achieve breakthrough results without losing their souls in the process.

    Their latest book, Courageous Cultures, provides a road map to build a high-performance, high-engagement culture around sharing ideas, solving problems and rewarding contributions from all levels of the organization.

    AUGUST: Dr. Rana el Kaliouby, “Girl Decoded”

    Dr. Rana el Kaliouby

    Dr. Rana el Kaliouby is Co-Founder and CEO of Affectiva, and a pioneer in emotional AI. A passionate advocate for humanizing technology, ethics in AI and diversity, Dr. el Kaliouby has been recognized on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list and as one of Forbes’ Top 50 Women in Tech.

    Her new book, Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology, provides an intimate view of her personal transformation as she follows her calling — to humanize our technology and how we connect with one another.

    JULY: Priya Parker, “The Art of Gathering”

    Priya Parker

    The Art of GatheringFrom the host of the New York Times podcast Together Apart, The Art of Gathering offers an exciting new approach to how we gather that transforms the ways we spend our time together—at home, at work, in our communities, and beyond.

    In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker argues that the gatherings in our lives are lackluster and unproductive—which they don't have to be. At a time when coming together virtually is more important than ever, Parker sets forth a human-centered approach to gathering that will help everyone create meaningful, memorable experiences, large and small, for work and for play. The Art of Gathering will forever alter the way you look at your next meeting, industry conference, dinner party, and backyard barbecue—and how you host and attend them.

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    9 December: The Future – Forging Our Path Forward


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