Monday, March 28, 2011

SEPC Preview

The end of this week I'll be heading the Atlanta to attend SEPC, the Southeastern Panhellenic Conference.

Thursday night's Opening Session will be presented by Tish Norman from Campuspeak and Transforming Leaders Now, Inc.

Calling All Greeks to the Floor!
A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Tish brings a powerful and influential new voice to the fraternity and sorority educational market. She motivates Greeks of all types, sizes and traditions to enhance the quality of student life on and off their campus—contributing to the educational and personal development of their fellow students, and making a real difference in their campus communities. Tish promotes diversity and unity by calling on Greek-letter organizations to recognize and embrace differences. In her keynote, Tish encourages fraternity and sorority leaders to choose their role models wisely and to become role models for the men and women who follow behind them.

Speaking at the Final Banquet Saturday evening is our own Alpha Chi Omega Past National President Julie Burkhard. Julie served as Chair of NPC as part of her six years of service on their Executive Committee as well.

Why Sororities Still Matter
In her keynote, “Why Sororities Still Matter,” Julie addresses the topic of fraternal relevance head-on. She will help your students understand how the history of their organizations provides an enduring example for today’s members; and will also help them understand their role in making their chapters relevant for future students. By telling their stories, actively defining their positive experiences and remembering to “never take off your badge,” students will be empowered to work hard to ensure the continued success of their organization’s values.

In between these two great presentations there are a host of educational sessions. I made a list on Twitter if you'd like to see most of them:!/amy_z/sepc2011speakers/members Following them has given me a chance to learn more about them. I'm really looking forward to hearing Erin Weed talk about her Girls Fight Back program.

5 Minute Promo Video from Girls Fight Back! on Vimeo.

I'm also excited that SEPC has chosen Circle of Sisterhood Foundation as the official philanthropy this year! I blogged about Circle of Sisterhood last fall after the NPC Annual Meeting (see my post here); and here's a brief overview of their mission:

The Circle of Sisterhood Foundation represents a worldwide humanitarian effort - by sorority women - to help girls and women access education. 

As educated women, we understand the importance of achieving an education and we believe that every girl in the world deserves the opportunity to go to school. 

Regardless of affiliation we ask all sorority women to join us in this effort to lift women from poverty and oppression through education. We have the opportunity to positively affect generations to come.

Learn more about SEPC at
And follow the conference on Twitter at!/sepatweets or by using hashtag #SEPC2011 which you can follow at!/search/%23SEPC2011

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