Book and Learning Circles

Employee and Organization Development hosts book and learning circles throughout the year which are open to all Cal Poly employees. Book and learning circles are great opportunities to engage with colleagues in thoughtful discussion around common themes of interest.

Book Circles involve discussing a book over three sessions. Participants receive a complimentary copy of the selected book with the expectation that they will engage in all discussion sessions. Learning Circles involve watching a video or reading an article, and participating in a discussion during a single session. Please join us for one, or more, of these enriching conversations!


Learning Circles

The real reason you feel so busy (and what to do about it) [Learning Circle]

By Dorie Clark

These days, almost all of us feel pressed for time. Leadership expert Dorie Clark shares three hidden reasons people fall into an endless loop of feeling constantly busy, and invites you to question what really motivates how you spend your time.

  • Facilitator: Jeff Williams, Employee and Organization Development
  • Time and Date: 11:00am — 12:00pm on January 20, 2023
  • Location: Zoom

How to Go Beyond Diversity and Inclusion to Community and Belonging [Learning Circle]

By E’Ula Green

Many of us celebrate the value of diversity and are playing a part in inclusion. Yet what does it mean to belong? In this talk, E’Ula Green shares insights on the value of building community and belonging and provides some ideas we can take on. Join Lanaya Gaberel and your campus colleagues to explore the value of going beyond diversity and inclusion and into building community and fostering belonging.

  • Facilitator: Lanaya Gaberel, Employee and Organization Development
  • Time and Date: 1:30pm — 2:30pm on January 25, 2023
  • Location: Zoom

Wellbeing: Gratitude [Learning Circle]

By Hailey Bartholomew

Hailey Bartholomew was struggling. Her days seemed to be filled with mundane chores and not much more. She struggled to enjoy life despite knowing she had it pretty good, with two healthy children and a wonderful partner. A conversation led her to inspiration and deeper understanding of how to change her perception. Through this practice, she learned to appreciate and find value in challenges. Join us to find out how she gained a new perspective, shifted her mindset and ultimately discovered her secret to happiness.

  • Facilitator: Lisa Gray, University Personnel
  • Time and Date: 2:00pm — 3:00pm on February 22, 2023
  • Location: Zoom

Brené Brown on Empathy [Learning Circle]

By Brené Brown

Join us as professor, lecturer, author, and podcast host, Brené Brown, helps to bring awareness to the ways in which empathy differs from sympathy. Highlighting that empathy fuels connection, while sympathy can drive disconnection. Let’s learn about and discuss how we can apply the qualities of empathy in our personal and professional lives. In true Brené fashion, expect humor, powerful insights, and to be encouraged to employ vulnerability as we explore how to best be there for others.

  • Facilitator: Dani Gaeta, Employee and Organization Development
  • Time and Date: 11:00am — 12:00pm on March 30, 2023
  • Location: Meeting

Book Circles

Who Moved My Cheese? [Book Circle]

by Spencer Johnson, M.D.

Physician and author, Dr. Johnson’s timeless business classic, Who Moved My Cheese? uses a simple parable to reveal profound truths about dealing with change so that you can enjoy less stress and more success in your work and in your life. Filled with insights, this book is designed to help readers manage change quickly and achieve personal success and happiness. Join us as we reflect on how we relate to the allegorical characters of this fable who are moved by instincts, sentiments, and emotions we are all too familiar with. We will have an opportunity to explore how we would apply the lessons of this metaphor and use this quick read as a launching pad to share best practices on how to prevail in these changing times.

  • How to Access the Book: Upon registration close, a complimentary copy of this book will be provided to participants.
  • Facilitator: Dani Gaeta, Employee and Organization Development
  • Time and Date: 11:00am — 12:00pm on Jan 19, Jan 26, Feb 02
  • Location: Zoom

Inclusion on Purpose [Book Circle]

by Ruchika Tulshyan

Inclusion doesn’t just happen. We have to work at it. It takes awareness, intention and regular practice. In this book, Inclusion on Purpose, Ruchika Tulshyan explores the intersection of gender and race, how to identify and expose bias, the impact of dismantling structural bias and the importance of psychological safety. Join us as we discuss the cutting-edge inclusion practices presented and learn how we can meaningfully promote inclusion and diversity.

  • How to Access the Book: Upon registration close, a complimentary copy of this book will be provided to participants.
  • Facilitators:
      Sarah Macdonald, Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology
      Lanaya Gaberel, Employee and Organization Development
  • Time and Date: 1:00pm — 2:00pm on Feb 8, Feb 15, Feb 22, and Mar 1
  • Location: Zoom

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success [Book Circle]

By Adam Grant

For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But in today’s dramatically reconfigured world, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. In Give and Take, Adam Grant, an award-winning researcher and Wharton’s highest-rated professor, examines the surprising forces that shape why some people succeed while others struggle. Give and Take opens up an approach to work, interactions, and productivity that illustrates why our interactions with others hold the key to success.

  • How to Access the Book: Upon registration close, a complimentary copy of this book will be provided to participants.
  • Facilitator: Jeff Williams, Employee and Organization Development
  • Time and Date: 11:00am — 12:00pm on Mar 9, Mar 16, Mar 23
  • Location: Zoom


The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT) also hosts book circles each quarter and you can learn more about their offerings by selecting “Book Circles” on their Programs and Services webpage at: https://ctlt.calpoly.edu/programs-services.