Key Connections Launch A Success!

From late August through mid-September, more than 1,600 recent inductees registered for Phi Beta Kappa’s Key Connections events across the country. The Society launched the new initiative to engage young members, connect them with each other and their local associations, reinforcing the vibrant network behind our iconic key.

Phi Beta Kappa is the key that opens doors to lifelong opportunity. When you're inducted, you are connected to a diverse network of high achievers who are active in science and health care, business and technology, the arts and humanities, and law and philanthropy. There are 48 alumni associations across the country where members regularly gather to share ideas, build networks, explore their communities, and gather with a group of friends. While our associations host year-round programming and activities, during Key Connections there were events across the country specifically designed to welcome recent members.

Read more below about our inaugural events, and stay tuned for more Key Connections activity moving forward. We'd also love your feedback on how to make Key Connections relevant to you. Please share your ideas with us!


Key Connections Event Series


Thursday, Septem
ber 14
The Phoenix Association hosted a networking reception at the beautiful Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale.


Thursday, September 7 and Sunday, September 10
The Northern California Association hosted Networking Panel Discussions in San Francisco and Silicon Valley led by Forbes magazine contributing editor George Anders. George is also the author of the newly-released You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a "Useless" Liberal Arts Education.


Saturday, September 9
Colorado's PBK Association sponsored a "Discover the Dinosaurs" tour of Dinosaur Ridge followed by lunch.

Washington, DC

Thursday, September 7
  The DC PBK Association took over the roof deck at Local 16 for an evening of networking.


Thursday, September 7
  The Atlanta Association hosted a night of food, drinks, and table games at local favorite Ormsby's Restaurant.


Thursday, September 7
The Chicago PBK Association put their spin on PBK's (En)Lightning talks with panelists focusing on career advice. Each had 5 minutes to share their story and took 5 minutes to respond to audience questions.


Monday, September 11
The Indianapolis PBK Association combined a networking reception and play reading at Butler University.


Friday, September 8
PBK Kentuckiana enjoyed a true Kentucky experience, the Evan Williams Urban Bourbon Walking Tour.


Thursday, September 7
The Baltimore PBK Association enjoyed conversation and fellowship over an Oyster Happy Hour.


Saturday, September 9
The Boston PBK Association took advantage of a local star with a tour of the Sam Adams Brewery.


Saturday, September 9
The Twin Cities Association sponsored a lively Paddelford Riverboat Cruise.

New York

Thursday, September 7
  The New York PBK Association hosted a Networking Panel Discussion and Reception led by PBK Secretary/CEO Fred Lawrence and media executive Tony Maciulis. 

North Carolina

Thursday, September 7
The Wake County PBK Association hosted an evening of food, drinks and conversation at Raleigh's Lynnewood Brewing Concern.


Thursday, September 7
The Greater Pittsburgh PBK Association hosted a reception and special private tour of the Heinz History Center's #Pixburgh exhibition History Center with President Andy Masich.


Saturday, September 9
Nashville PBK members toured the Corsair Distillery with the PBK Nashville Association.


Thursday, August 31
The North Texas PBK Association hosted a reception and evening tour at the Dallas Museum of Art with Anna Katherine Brodbeck, the Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art.

Thursday, September 7
The Greater Houston PBK Association welcomed new PBK members at local favorite 8th Wonder Brewery.

Friday, September 8
The West Texas/East New Mexico Association hit some golf balls and enjoyed a buffet dinner on the Rawls Golf Course on the Texas Tech campus.

Sunday, September 10
The Austin PBK Association hosted a pizza social and book raffle at local favorite Deep Eddy Cabaret.


Thursday, September 7
The Puget Sound PBK Association hosted a meet-and-greet at Tavern 12 in Seattle.

Stay Connected

Be sure to contact with any address and email changes so you can receive notification of events in your area.

Here are some steps you can take immediately in order to stay connected with Phi Beta Kappa:

  • Join your local association, and mark your calendar for their Key Connections event and other programs.
  • Add Phi Beta Kappa to your resume to make you stand out from the crowd. 
  • Join the nationwide LinkedIn network, and follow Phi Beta Kappa on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram
  • Use the National Arts & Sciences Initiative toolkit to take a stand and advocate for the arts and sciences.



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