Young Professionals

 

The Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Delaware Valley actively seeks to facilitate its young professional members, to meet and engage with each other in ways that lead to professional connections as well as personal friendships.  Among our programs, we offer a variety of self-supporting events that respect the schedules and interests early career members.  Dedicated members of this group constitute the Young Professionals Advisory Committee (YPAC), which helps develop and carry out activities and events, for both socializing/networking and social responsibility objectives.

We have monthly PBK Young Professionals virtual Happy Hours, to bring together early career members to meet, converse, share, and  connect in moderated Zoom breakout rooms, followed by a Game or Trivia Night.  Look for our virtual Happy Hours/Game Nights, as well as our Mini TED-like Talk events during the fall, winter, and spring months and join in!

 

We also welcome members to join our Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Delaware Valley LinkedIn group, and follow us on Instagram

@pbkdelawarevalley.

 

Our Basic membership dues are only $10 annually for the first three years after induction, and then only $25 annually thereafter. 

We welcome all members' ideas and suggestions of types and locations for gatherings or events with like-minded Phi Beta Kappa alumni that would interest you.  

 

PBK Career Advice Matching Program

PBK Delaware Valley has created an e-facilitated career advice matching program, using a simple online PBK Delaware Valley Career Advice Interest Form, which only takes a few moments to complete.

There are no limits on being an advisor or an advisee.  Early career PBK’s can help someone breaking into their field, while those further along who want to change careers can benefit from connecting with someone to discuss a career change. Multiple Career Advice Interest Forms can be submitted if a PBK has more than one area of expertise in which to advise, or if a PBK is seeking information about more than one possible field.

PBK's in the Delaware Valley region can click on this PBK Delaware Valley Career Advice Interest Form link and answer the simple questions, to be in the file to give and/or receive career advice or connections.  The answers on the form on file can be edited as often as indicated to update it.  Any matches will be sent back by e-mail.  The date, time, and method of communicating between advisee-advisor pairs (phone, virtual, or in-person if conditions permit), are totally up to each pair.

PBK Delaware Valley welcomes all participating in this wonderful effort.

Annual Book Award Program

 

Every year, the PBK Alumni Association of the Delaware Valley proudly honors outstanding area high school students who excel academically by awarding them with a hardcover book, which is presented to them at their high school graduation ceremony. This book is judged carefully by our board as a book that will enrich and educate the students who have achieved such academic excellence.  

 

The Doctors Blackwell by Janice Nimura was chosen as the prize book for the 2021 PBK Delaware Valley Book Award, while American Moonshot:  John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race by Douglas Brinkley was the prize book for 2020.  Approximately 58 high schools in our region participated in 2020, despite the challenges of presenting graduations virtually, and while close to 70 schools participated in 2021.

If you know of a deserving high school in our area, that is interested in participating in this award program, please ask their contact person to reach out to our Association at <info@pbkdelawarevalley.org> .  The counties in our region are:  PA - Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware & Chester; NJ - Camden, Gloucester, Burlington & Mercer; DE - New Castle

Comments from three of the 2021 Book Award recipients:

"I am a recipient of the 2021 Phi Beta Kappa Book Award, and I wanted to extend my thanks to the organization for the book I received. I am excited to read about these two sisters who redefined career norms for women. I am interested in some fields in which men are the majority, and so I am sure I will find this book inspiring and encouraging. Thank you so much."

 

“I am writing to express my gratitude at being considered for this honor, and my excitement at receiving it, considering the high standards and excellence that Phi Beta Kappa represents. I look forward to reading The Doctors Blackwell, and learning more about the women who helped shape our country. One of my career goals is to become a published author and bring about change through the written word. I am excited and encouraged by the organization's choice to award a book about influential women. Thank you again.”

 "I was recently selected as a recipient of the Phi Beta Kappa Book Award, and I am sincerely honored for this esteemed recognition and gift. Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness. I will be attending Rutgers in New Brunswick this fall to study biomedical engineering, and as a woman who plans to pursue medicine, The Doctors Blackwell has truly inspired and motivated me. I believe this gift has already positively impacted my future career plans and goals; thus, I cannot wait to emulate the values and principles exhibited by the Phi Beta Kappa Association as I go into college. Thank you again for your consideration and support."

 

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Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars

 

The Delaware Valley Association is fortunate to have 8 college and university Phi Beta Kappa Chapters in our region.  The Phi Beta Kappa national Visiting Scholars program supports bringing eminent annually designated academic scholars as speakers to Chapters across the country.  The Rho Chapter of Pennsylvania at Temple University  co-hosted PBK Visiting Scholar, Joseph E. Aldy, PhD, on March 19, 2021.  Professor Aldy is Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and gave a terrific presentation on "Saving the Planet Cost-Effectively".  His research focuses on climate change policy, energy policy, and regulatory policy.  He also serves as the Faculty Chair of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government Regulatory Policy Program.  In 2009-2010, he served as the Special ASsistant to President Obama for Energy and Environment.  He previously served as Co-Director of the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements, Co-Director of the International Energy Workshop , and worked on the staff of the President's Council of Economic Advisers. The other co-sponsor of Professor Aldy's lecture was the Temple University College of Liberal Arts Public Policy Lab.

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2021 Book Award Selection

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2020 Book Award Selection

Joseph E. Aldy, PhD