The Alumni Way

  • AWA_Arrows_Icon Are you a college or university graduate?
  • AWA_Arrows_Icon Do you support students looking ahead to life after graduation?​
  • AWA_Arrows_Icon Does the alumni strategy in your organisation need inspiration? ​
  • AWA_Arrows_Icon Are you curious about the lifelong benefits of your alumni network?

If you answered ‘yes’, The Alumni Way: Building Lifelong Value from Your University Investment is for you!

In this enlightening, original book, Dr Maria Gallo reimagines graduates’ alumni status as a gateway to immense opportunities through professional and personal networks. To discover this alumni potential, Maria guides you through four key traits: reflection, curiosity, passion, and generosity towards your alumni potential.

With a sound academic foundation, combined with practical activities and checklists, The Alumni Way is the ultimate resource for inspiring savvy, growth-minded, active alumni citizens of the world.

The Alumni Way is the perfect gift for graduation or for an incoming university student.

 For bulk book orders over 10 copies, please send your query and we will put you in touch with the publisher.

For students and recent graduates:

Dr Jay Le Roux Dillon Executive Director, Alumni Relations, University of California Berkeley Founder & Principal, AlumniIdentity.com

"Maria's book will be useful to any college graduate seeking to understand how to leverage their alumni identity towards personal and career growth and equally to higher education professionals charged with deepening alumni and donor engagement."

Dr. Candy Ho, EdD, CCDP Inaugural Assistant Professor, Integrative Career and Capstone Learning, University of the Fraser Valley

"This book provides an important perspective on how everyone can leverage one of their most important connections – their alma mater - to fulfil multiple objectives and goals. The interactive prompts and activities also leverage the power of reflection to make for a meaningful reading journey."

Tom Vosper, CFRE Associate Director Development & Alumni Engagement: Toronto Region - The University of British Columbia

"A terrific read! Next to Dr. Seuss’ 'Oh, the Places You’ll Go', Dr. Gallo’s The Alumni Way deserves strong consideration as THE perfect graduation gift."

Dr Dee O’Connor Associate Professor of Education at University of Notre Dame Australia

"With practical examples and activities, The Alumni Way is an essential read for all graduates!"

Dr Kevin Fleming Founder, Prosper Nonprofit Advisors

“An exceptional examination of how to maximize one of the most significant financial investments people make in their lifetime. As society critically questions that investment, Gallo’s book stands up to answer the call.”

    Maria's book will be useful to any college graduate seeking to understand how to leverage their alumni identity towards personal and career growth and equally to higher education professionals charged with deepening alumni and donor engagement."
    - Dr Jay Le Roux Dillon, Executive Director, Alumni Relations, University of California Berkeley
    Founder & Principal, AlumniIdentity.com
    “This book provides an important perspective on how everyone can leverage one of their most important connections – their alma mater - to fulfil multiple objectives and goals. The interactive prompts and activities also leverage the power of reflection to make for a meaningful reading journey.”
    - Dr. Candy Ho, EdD, CCDP, Inaugural Assistant Professor
    "With easy and engaging writing, Maria shares her research and practice knowledge on alumni and drives you to unlock the power of the alumni capital. An essential book to maximise your relationship with alumni".
    - Diana Aguiar Vieira, PhD, ICARe Founder (International Conference on Alumni Relations)
    Associate Professor at Porto Accounting and Business School
    “In her guide for how to reap benefits beyond the degree, Gallo asserts we can’t be passive investors. Our alumni status is something we can mine throughout our lives. Gallo provides both a theoretical model as well as a workbook style approach to turn our alumni relationship into actionable goals and outcomes.”
    - Barbara Dick, Assistant Vice-President, Alumni Relations
    at the University of Toronto
    “This book provides an important perspective on how everyone can leverage one of their most important connections – their alma mater - to fulfil multiple objectives and goals. The interactive prompts and activities also leverage the power of reflection to make for a meaningful reading journey.”
    - Dr. Candy Ho, EdD, CCDP, Inaugural Assistant Professor,
    Integrative Career and Capstone Learning University of the Fraser Valley
    "A terrific read! Next to Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll Go, Dr. Gallo’s The Alumni Way deserves strong consideration as THE perfect graduation gift."
    - Tom Vosper, Associate Director Development & Alumni Engagement: Toronto Region
    Associate Professor at Porto Accounting and Business School

    For alumni and advancement professionals:

    Jihad Hajjouji African Leadership Academy

    "Maria’s book is a practical guide for those of us invested in developing and leading vibrant alumni networks."

    Andrew Monk Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations, University of Bristol

    "The Alumni Way provides a fantastic framework to reimagine and analyse what makes for a successful relationship between graduates and their alma mater."

    Sheila J. Curran Former career center leader, Brown University and Duke University

    "Maria Gallo highlights the path forward for alumni offices and the alumni they serve, ably demonstrating how universities can enhance meaningful engagement opportunities and graduate success."

    Nathalie Trott Conference Chair, CASE Europe Annual Conference and Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Queen's University Belfast

    "Impressively international, thoroughly researched and easily readable, this book is valuable whether you are a new graduate or twenty years into your professional advancement career. A valuable perspective on how to really own and maximise your alumni status."

      “Maria’s book is a practical guide for those of us invested in developing and leading vibrant alumni networks.”
      - Jihad Hajjouji, African Leadership Academy
      Founder & Principal, AlumniIdentity.com
      “The Alumni Way provides a fantastic framework to reimagine and analyse what makes for a successful relationship between graduates and their alma mater.”
      - Andrew Monk, Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations, University of Bristol
      "Maria Gallo highlights the path forward for alumni offices and the alumni they serve, ably demonstrating how universities can enhance meaningful engagement opportunities and graduate success."
      - Sheila J. Curran, former career center leader, Brown University and Duke University
      Associate Professor at Porto Accounting and Business School

      For all alumni at any age and stage:

      J. Kelly Hoey Bestselling author of Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships in a Hyper-Connected World (from The Alumni Way Foreword)

      "I implore you: don’t simply grab your degree and run! Embrace the learnings in The Alumni Way to reorient the how’s and why’s of alumni engagement and start building better alumni connections."

      Ivan Yong Wei Kit Co-Founder, Nanyang Angelz

      "The Alumni Way reimagines the role of alumni from passive observer to shareholder with alumni capital, a powerful form of social capital, to jumpstart any start-up."

      Karen Kelly Head of International Alumni Relations and Chapters, University College Cork

      "The Alumni Way charts a course for graduates to connect with their university. Dr. Gallo encourages alumni to think afresh about their relationship with their college to enhance their professional and social lives. Highly recommended reading for all alumni!"

      Chris Cornthwaite, PhD www.roostervane.com

      "Maria has written a powerful vision for alumni relations in the 21st Century that teaches both students and educational institutions to build mutually beneficial relationships that endure long after graduation!"

        "I implore you: don’t simply grab your degree and run! Embrace the learnings in The Alumni Way to reorient the how’s and why’s of alumni engagement and start building better alumni connections."
        . Kelly Hoey, bestselling author of ‘Build Your Dream Network: Forging Powerful Relationships in a Hyper-Connected World’ (from The Alumni Way Foreword)
        “The Alumni Way reimagines the role of alumni from passive observer to shareholder with alumni capital, a powerful form of social capital, to jumpstart any start-up through flows of people, resources and knowledge.”
        -Ivan Yong Wei Kit, Co-Founder, Nanyang Angelz
        "Maria Gallo highlights the path forward for alumni offices and the alumni they serve, ably demonstrating how universities can enhance meaningful engagement opportunities and graduate success."
        - Sheila J. Curran, former career center leader, Brown University and Duke University
        Associate Professor at Porto Accounting and Business School

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