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Annual Meeting Advance Programs


Annual Meeting #Advance Programs 

All sessions take place Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Registration for #Advance Programs will occur through the general Annual Meeting online registration process. 


Option #1: Limitless Leadership: Maximizing Your Professional Performance

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. | Program Cost $55
Through the use of the personality-based behavioral assessment, Predictive Index, participants will have the ability to understand how they are uniquely hard-wired and how key personality traits intrinsically relate to workplace performance. Participants will use their assessment results to build upon their strengths, lead others more effectively, collaborate successfully, and ultimately create a personalized leadership development action plan to guide their career performance and succession. One participant who recently completed the Predictive Index commented, “I’ve done a lot of personality and leadership style assessments and I was shocked on how accurate the PI was, it was spooky how well it described me.” The goal of this program is to provide all participants with the opportunity to develop professionally by having a deeper self-awareness which enhances retention and longevity in the fraternal industry. Sponsored by CrowdChange.

Program Outcomes:

  • Participants will have a much deeper understanding of how they are uniquely hard-wired as professionals.
  • Participants will be able to identify their key strengths and channel them to their work to maximize their performance as professionals.
  • Participants will develop a personalized leadership action plan to guide their efforts as a professional.

Presentation Team 
Tom Healy, CEO & Managing Partner, LaunchPoint
Jessi McPherrin, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, LaunchPoint

Option #2: Frameworks for Innovation in the Greek Experience

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. | Program Cost $55
As a campus area steeped in tradition, it can be difficult to make a case for change in fraternity and sorority life. However, as the landscape these traditions exist in changes, organizations and their professionals must adapt. Facilitators and serial innovators Dr. Josie Ahlquist and Amma Marfo will share a medley of frameworks and tools to rethink innovation on your campus, while still honoring and maintaining tradition. These frameworks help determine how innovation might go over on your campus, offer strategies to overcome resistance to change, and address systemic but hard-to-act-on issues in a methodical way. Each attendee will create individual goals for each of the three innovation frameworks presented, including Design Thinking, Finding Creative Voice and Cultivating Creativity. Sponsored by CrowdChange.

Program Outcomes:

  • Participants will experiment with 10 mobile tools and learn three ways each tools can be applied to Greek Life.
  • Participants will engage in an active discussion on conflicts between tradition and innovation.

Presentation Team 
Dr. Josie Ahlquist, Research Associate, Leadership Instructor and Independent Speaker, Florida State University
Amma Marfo, Speaker and Consultant, Fun Enterprises


Option #3: Identifying Privilege in the Profession

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Program Sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at Western Michigan University and by Delta Phi Epsilon.

Getting to the heart of the matter – for more than a decade there have been discussions centered around privilege and systemic injustice within the structures of fraternal organizations at the collegiate level. Through this engaging, interactive and stimulating session, professionals will have the opportunity to collectively identify ways in which we can define our roles as practitioners, advisors, educators, and members of the fraternal movement as related to privilege. Ownership and acknowledgement are the first steps in moving towards development – let’s start now.

There is no charge for this program thanks to our sponsors. However, note there are only 120 open spots for this program. Please only register if you know you are able to attend.

Program Outcomes:

  • Participants will learn the skills to facilitate difficult dialogue as it relates to privilege within the profession and will gain a better understanding at identifying privilege within our industry.
  • Participants will examine and critique the impact of unconscious bias within the profession and discuss strategies to combat it.
  • Participants will learn ways in which they can effectively work with all fraternal organizations as well as share relevant language and tools to bring councils together.

Presentation Team 
Hailey Mangrum, Assistant Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Western Michigan University
Nicki Rowlett, Assistant Director of Fraternity, Sorority, Cooperative Life, Purdue University
Harold Brown, Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Vanderbilt University

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