Alpha Phi Executes Leaders, I am Lucky to be One
Emerging Leaders Institute was one of the most life changing experiences. I am so thankful Alpha Phi gave me the experience to embark on one of the most creative journeys. This following post explains every detail of my journey and I hope you enjoy!
I first heard about the Emerging Leaders Institute from my Pledge Mom, now Alumni Megan Williams. She told my pledge class it was a five day retreat for 150 women from Alpha Phi chapters all over the United States and Canada. Megan told us she had the opportunity to learn more about Alpha Phi and how to become an effective leader; I knew then I had to jump at the chance to go.
In order to attend I had to apply for a position. The application was a lot like a college application, they asked for my GPA, organizations I participated in, along with countless essays about leadership, values, and much more. They said we would hear back if we got in or not in about a month. When the day came I checked my email every five minutes but, they pushed back the announcement a week. Finally, a week later I got on my email casually and found out I had the opportunity to attend the Emerging Leaders Institute. Of course, I had to let everyone know, so I posted it on Facebook. In a matter of minutes I had sisters calling and texting me and even friends from high school calling and telling me they looked up ELI online and were so happy for me.
Finally, at the end of May I was packing my bags for Butler University, where ELI was being held. Instantly, I met sisters from around the United States and Canada, I wasn’t weird not knowing anyone, because we all had one thing in common and shared something only a select few women get to share…Alpha Phi. We began to play name games, talk about how are chapters ran, and what our schools were like.
Then, we broke off into our silver circle groups. Silver circle groups were ten girls and Alpha Phi alumni that volunteered and applied for a position to come teach active sisters more about Alpha Phi and how we can improve our chapters. In our silver circle groups we played small games, talked about our values, what we want to see improve in our chapters, how we run our chapters, and much more. Then, it was time to get down too why we were really there; how to become an effective leader. For the next five days we had conferences with two women, one who was an Alpha Phi alumni; they taught us ways to become a better leader, fix sticky situations, and the best part learning even more about Alpha Phi’s rituals.
On the second day we went to a ropes course that was designed to improve on leadership and working together to accomplish a challenge or task. Some fun team building activities we did were a zip line, trust fall, wall climb, and a human seesaw. Many of the tasks were challenging and there were even a few people being a little bossy, but we worked through it and saw firsthand and practiced how to work on those situations and still get across what you are trying to say but, in a way people will listen and respect you.
ELI taught me how to deal with “sticky situations”, conflicts, relating to others, and taking everyone’s opinions and forming into one idea that can please everyone. Not to mention, I got to learn even more about Alpha Phi, from rituals and how different chapters run. I still keep in contact with all of the women from the Emerging Leaders Institute via Facebook, and I talk to my close friends from ELI all the time. I would highly recommend every Alpha Phi to jump at the opportunity to go because everything I learned I know it will help me with Alpha Phi and in my career; not to mention it was great networking. Alpha Phi’s Emerging Leaders Institute is an experience of a lifetime.
Assistant New Member Educator