Summer Leadership 2014

Summer Leadership 2014 took place in Peachtree City, Georgia June 20-22nd. Each chapter and colony was represented by their vp-programming and an emerging leader. The collegians took part i two separate educational tracks.

The emerging leaders were part of the Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI), funded by the Katz Leadership Development Fund of the AEPhi Foundation. ELI was designed to help participants acquire leadership skills, identify new ideas, and develop plans to elevate the sorority experience on their campuses by showing exemplary leadership within their fraternity and sorority community. ELI participants were split into four separate groups. The Institute had one lead facilitator and 4 fraternity professionals or volunteers, paired with an AEPhi volunteer, to facilitate the small group discussions.

The vice presidents-programming were able to focus on the revitalized Second Avenue program and were empowered to return to their campus to make a positive change in their chapter or colony. They learned how to offer members of their chapter and colony programming and events that help them live as exemplary women. Focused on building a strong foundation through sisterhood, the facilitators used AEPhi experiences as examples and showed the attendees how to put these types of programs into practice. It is no accident that we asked each chapter and colony to send their vp-programming and an emerging leader to Summer Leadership. We wanted both present leadership and future leadership of our chapters and colonies to be there and learn all that the programs had to offer. We know the weekend's programming provided participants with the tools needed to go back to their campuses and drive their chapters/colonies to success.

Our alumnae track was designed to help our volunteers identify what is important to them and allow them to focus their interests and energies to create a more meaningful volunteer experience. They set goals to help them succeed in their volunteer role and put together volunteer development plans to build on their strengths and help to identify their areas of improvement. Finally, they learned more about what is happening on college campuses today as well as how to work with the professional staff and conduct offices on a college campus. This heightened awareness about their roles will help develop them as individuals, as sisters, and as volunteers, again touching on the three Second Avenue components of self, sisterhood, and society.

Participants in all three tracks benefited from spending time with Ginny Carroll. Ginny is the CEO of inGiNuity, a consultancy known for its inspirational, creative approach to educational initiatives. She presented the opening and closing keynotes for all Summer Leadership attendees. Additionally, she worked with alumnae on the subject of human relationships, and with the vps-programming on how to build a strong foundation of sisterhood.

A highlight from the weekend was the awards dinner. We are always so impressed with all that our chapters and colonies do when we are recognizing achievements in the areas of sorority activities, community service, philanthropy, academic achievement and overall chapter excellence.

All who attended Summer Leadership said that they benefitted from their attendance. They learned new skills, made new Phi friends, and got to experience the sorority on the national level.