Presidents Academy 2015

The 2015 AEPhi Presidents Academy took place from January 30-February 1st, 2015 in Chevy Chase, Maryland.  It was an intensive, three-day workshop for the women who lead our chapters. Every chapter and colony was represented, and this cutting-edge training was led by some of the best minds and leaders in our organization.

After a Shabbat dinner to welcome participants, the program kicked off with teambuilding educational activities that helped build trust through sisterhood. 

Saturday morning started with Mike Saxvik and a discussion about leading as exemplary women.  Mike was sponsored by the Katz Leadership Symposium, which supports individual leadership opportunities for our collegians.  We have been fortunate to have nationally known speakers like Mike address and inspire our collegiate leaders through this support.    

Throughout the weekend, presentations addressed a wide range of topics, including:

  • Roles and responsibilities of a president
  • Leading as exemplary women
  • Officer transition
  • Effective goal setting and strategic planning
  • Utilizing exec, delegating, and encouraging accountability
  • How to run a meeting
  • Risk management
  • Balancing leadership and friendship
  • Conflict resolution
  • Time and stress management
  • Overcoming chapter apathy
  • Living our ritual
  • Working with the National Office and Chapter Support Teams
  • Identifying emerging leaders
  • Utilizing campus resources for ongoing leadership training
  • Social media

The classroom sessions were complemented by small-group discussions, team meetings, social activities, one-on-one meetings with the chapter/colony presidents and the National President, and unstructured free time in which presidents could get to know and learn from each other.

Sunday was capped off with the always touching graduation ceremony to end the phabulous weekend.

Presidents Academy is made possible by the generous funding of the AEPhi Foundation and their donors.  The Alpha Epsilon Phi Foundation supports the development of ethics, intellect and leadership, and enriches our members individually and our chapters collectively, through scholarships, educational programming and lifetime giving opportunities.   Foundation felt there was no better way to develop leadership than by supporting an annual President Academy.