Tuesday, July 3, 2012

AXO Convention 2012 Preview

Next week I head to St. Louis for Alpha Chi Omega Convention. In case you're interested in how I'll be spending my time, the schedule and highlights follow. I'm excited to see sisters and enjoy the great programming that's been scheduled!

Thursday, July 12
meetings, dinner, NPC Team gathering

Friday, July 13
Training session, lunch, training session
Delegate Meeting
Welcome Dinner

Saturday, July 14
National Chapter Meeting
Foundation Luncheon
Afternoon Educational Sessions and General Session featuring Pete Smithhisler
Official Convention Photo
Reunion Night Dinner

Sunday, July 15
National Chapter Meeting
Housing Luncheon, featuring Food Network's Melissa d'Arabian
As the host of her own successful TV show and a busy mom of four young daughters, Melissa D’Arabian knows firsthand how overwhelming it can be to juggle a busy lifestyle. Melissa will be featured during the Housing Luncheon and will discuss the challenges of parenting, making the most of your resources, offer guerrilla money-saving tactics (not just for in the kitchen) and help with shortcuts that do not sacrifice quality and nutrition.Afternoon Educational Sessions and General Session featuring Jan Langbein
Violence Against Women: Let’s End This Epidemic For more than 20 years, Jan Langbein has been an activist in efforts to end violence against women. Since 1991, she has served as Executive Director of Genesis Women’s Shelter in Dallas and is committed to raising the level of awareness regarding the prevalence and effects of domestic violence. Under Jan’s leadership, Genesis has grown from a seven-room emergency shelter to a full-service response for domestic violence survivors complete with expanded shelter services, transitional housing, daycare, on-site school, access to civil legal representation, jobs readiness, ESL education and Advocacy and Counseling at their residential and nonresidential facilities, without government funding. Jan will share startling statistics about this worldwide epidemic and moving information about how to end this epidemic.
Domestic Violence Awareness Walk (1.7 mile route around the Arch)
Late dinner on own

Monday, July 16
Morning Educational Sessions and General Session featuring Dr. Carolyn Heldman
The documentary Miss Representation exposes how Americans are being sold the concept that women and girls’ value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality. MissRepresentation.org believes all people should be equally represented in our media, that our voices should be heard and that we should all be valued for our talents, capacity as leaders, and ability to contribute to the world at large. Dr. Carolyn Heldman is an associate professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles who specializes in the presidency and systems of power in U.S. politics and is featured throughout Miss Representation. Join Carolyn for a fascinating conversation on how we can empower women across the country to change the conversation and create lasting cultural change.
Film Screening: Miss Representation.
See the film that started the movement. Miss Representation first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has gone on to airing on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and in communities across the country. This screening includes the 90-minute documentary followed by a discussion about how Alpha Chi Omega can help change the national conversation. Dr. Carolyn Heldman will help facilitate the post-film discussion.
Olympian Luncheon (includes 50-, 60- and 75-year Ceremonies) with Panhellenic guests
Afternoon Educational Sessions and General Session featuring Laura Schwartz
Empowerment through Service.
Laura Schwartz, author of the acclaimed book Eat, Drink & Succeed and the White House Director of Events for the Clinton Administration, communicates a message of service, commitment, motivation and community. In this fast-paced, high-energy session Laura will help you learn how to rally, refresh, re-energize and re-involve your sisters (both collegians and alumnae) in Alpha Chi Omega and how serving our organization will also serve their own personal and professional communities.
Inspirations from The Happiness Project.
The Happiness Project is a memoir that test-drives the wisdom of the ages, current scientific studies and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier … and who couldn’t use a little more happiness in her life? In this session you’ll learn the principles from The Happiness Project and make a plan for adding a little more happiness to your life.
Final Night Banquet

Full schedule here
Break out sessions here.

Wondering what to wear? Check out photos from past Conventions - pin attire here, Opening chapter meeting session (all white attire) here, and formal night here.

Coming Thursday... more on this year's Star Booth!

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