Thank you for reading the Alumni Playbook. We hope that you found the content informative and will use it to spark a deeper discussion on this important topic within your community or organization.
While it is up to you to determine the people in the room for these conversations, we believe the most powerful change will happen by engaging professional and lay leaders who are responsible for implementing new practices at all levels of the organization, including team managers and team members. You may also consider including a select group of past participants who can provide helpful insights and perspectives.
We encourage you to pursue an approach that feels right for your group. Here are a few ideas:
- Lunch and Learn. Participants can read through the Alumni Playbook together and discuss its contents.
- Book Club. Participants can read through the Alumni Playbook in advance and attend meetings ready to have a conversation.
- Small Group Discussions. Participants can discuss these topics in small groups prior to an organization-wide discussion.
Regardless of the approach you choose, the following questions may be helpful for fostering a rich, inclusive dialogue:
- What are 2-3 key ideas you took away from the Alumni Playbook?
- Where are you currently within the alumni matrix? What could you do to move closer to the upper right quadrant?
- Are you already utilizing any of the suggested best practices or programming ideas? If so, what are you doing, how well are they working and what could you be doing better?
- Have you seen any of the strategies discussed in the Alumni Playbook implemented in past professional experiences that you are not currently doing? Share what worked.
- What are some specific things you can do to create a culture of ongoing involvement in your community?
- Are you currently engaging alumni to develop their own programming? If not, how can you establish your own Do-It-Yourself framework?
- Did you learn anything new that could be implemented immediately to score a “quick win”?
- What planning needs to be done and what structure needs to put in place to move this conversation forward?