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Advance Programs, Seminars & Tracks


Advance programs, seminars, and tracks help to elevate the professional development of our AFA Annual Meeting attendees. Please review all the options below that you can add to your registration.


Advance Programs

Option #1: Summit Against Hate

Wednesday, November 28 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Cost: $65, includes lunch

The Summit Against Hate is a comprehensive, one-day program which seeks to educate Student Affairs and Fraternity/Sorority headquarters professionals on different forms of hate that occur on college campuses. The program also helps these professionals understand how to effectively prevent and respond to those forms of hate. The assessment data from previous Summits shows an increase in understanding of campus-based hate and an increase in confidence in the ability to prevent and respond to hate incidents on campus. The program will have both lecture and interactive components to ensure relevance and consistency in message delivery. Presenters will include subject experts with diverse backgrounds and preferably a student panel, as we had at last year’s Summit.

Program Outcomes:

  • Program attendees will improve their understanding of hate sentiments and incidents on campus, including underlying or contributing factors.
  • Program attendees will leave with an increased level of confidence in their ability to prevent and respond to hate on campus.
  • Program attendees will be able to use the time and space to share experiences with responding to hate, exchanging programming and best practices, and building their professional network.

Presented by: Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority, Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity, and Sigma Delta Tau Sorority


Option #2: Supervision for Professionals: Learn New Skills and Authentically Bring Yourself to the Job

Wednesday, November 28 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Cost: $65, includes lunch

Supervision is one of the toughest bullets in our job descriptions. Most supervisors are not taught to supervise but expected to handle it all well. Are you ready to supervise in a different, better and more effective way? Coaching as a supervisory practice builds stronger relationships with supervisees and team members, encourages employees to take greater responsibility over their own work, develop and hone their own problem-solving skills, and creates space for the supervisor to focus on the core responsibilities of their job. This session focuses on developing a solid “Coaching Habit”, delivers knowledge on the concept of the 7 levels of awareness and energy, gives attendees tools to incorporate coaching into their daily supervision practice, and encourages attendees to develop a personally effective style of leadership that positively influences and changes not only themselves, but also those with whom they supervise. This program is sponsored by Alpha Chi Omega.


Program Outcomes:

  • Attendees will learn about and understand the concept of the 7 levels of awareness and energy, and how they are related to leadership excellence.
  • Attendees will be introduced to coaching as a supervisory practice and the benefits it can bring to their team.
  • Attendees will be given a step-by-step plan to implement coaching as a supervisory practice.

Presenter: Megan Pendley Pickett, Founder & Head Coach at Megan Pendley Pickett Coaching & Consulting 


Education Seminars & Tracks

Graduate Training Track: Your Passion, Your Vision, Your Practice

Wednesday, November 28 | 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

There is a theoretical side and practical side to the role of every practitioner of higher education and both are valuable. You understand each end of the spectrum and put in the time to understand how they fit into the larger context of our profession. Graduate school may entrench you in the theory of higher education, but a practical approach is needed to build the skills and best practices of a proficient and successful fraternity/ sorority professional. Explore the Core Competencies in the field and forge your path to success.


This interactive and personalized experience will allow participants to develop their own professional development plan, utilizing the newly improved AFA Core Competencies. Participants will assess their current skills and through self-exploration, review of personal goals, reflection on passion projects, and collaborative conversations will develop an action-oriented blueprint to guide them through their next steps within our field. We will focus on current issues facing fraternity/ sorority life professionals and provide strategies for practical application.


Endowed by Michelle Guobadia. Curriculum Developed by Laurel Price.


New Professionals Seminar: New with a Capital “N”

Thursday, November 29 | 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Embrace the capital of being New! During this interactive seminar, new professionals will be equipped to thrive as they work with increasingly complex organizations in complex campus environments. There is great influence and responsibility in being a new professional. The ultimate responsibility is to the person you see when you stand in the mirror. Together, we will explore a range of topics taking cues from positive psychology, leadership development theory, great books, and experts from the Internet that will help new fraternity/sorority professionals invest in becoming more of who they already are and using this filter to achieve their personal and professional definition of success. Often, our profession can play into the very ills we warn our students against. Come learn how to be smart about spending the capital of being new while striving to be an asset and not a liability to others and to yourself. This program is sponsored by Alpha Chi Omega.


Please Note: The New Professionals Seminar is designed for professionals with three (3) years or less of full-time, professional experience with the content specifically focusing on the needs of members who have just begun their professional work.


Presenter: Krystal Clark, Director, Office of Student Leadership Development at Vanderbilt University


Mid-Career Professionals Seminar: Persisting and Prospering from the Middle

Thursday, November 29 | 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Have you been working in the field of fraternity and sorority life for 3-5 years? Are you at a crossroads as to what might come next - A position at a new institution/organization? A request for additional professional responsibilities? Another degree? Spend time discussing what it means to be a mid-career professional in the field of fraternity and sorority life with colleagues in similar positions.


Participants will discuss their current professional roles and consider opportunities for career advancement and professional growth. This program will allow participants to discuss their successes and challenges related to supervision in order to identify areas for professional growth and identify best practices related to management.


Please Note: The Mid-Career Professionals Seminar is designed for professionals with three (3) to five (5) years of full-time, professional experience.


Presenters: Libby Anderson, Executive Director at Phi Kappa Sigma, Cassie Gerhardt, Associate Dean of Students at University of North Dakota, and Tanner Marcantel, Executive Director of Theta Xi


Seasoned Professionals Seminar: Surviving the Technological Revolution-Implications of the Future of Work on Tomorrow’s Learners

Thursday, November 29 | 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Advances in technology are reshaping entire industries, drastically changing the world of work. Some jobs will go away, while new ones are being created. But what stays the same is the need for every American to have a high-quality postsecondary credential to ensure a secure future. However, our systems of learning beyond high school were not set up to serve the millions of people who will need to access it over the coming years. Work is underway to ensure the learning opportunities provided through higher education, work-based learning, apprenticeships, and military can be leveraged to meet the demands for the future of work and open up new pathways that can serve millions more of Americans. As the credentialing ecosystem is changing, the time is now to challenge ourselves in fraternity and sorority life to think about our future and the ways we can remain relevant.


Please Note: The Seasoned Professionals Seminar is designed for professionals with over seven (7) years of full-time, professional experience.


Presenter: Amber Garrison Duncan, Ph.D., Strategy Director at the Lumina Foundation

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