High Alpha Summit: Day 2 | LCA Fraternity

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Summit continues with values-based speakers and Capitol visit

Former High Alpha at the University of South Dakota Tyler Tordsen shares his experience and struggles with over 90 current chapter and colony presidents.
Former High Alpha at the University of South Dakota Tyler Tordsen shares his experience and struggles with over 90 current chapter and colony presidents.

By Kyle Jones (Montevallo)

The second day of High Alpha Summit began bright and early with a general session led by Dr. Sonja Ardoin , director of the office for student leadership and engagement for UNC-Wilmington.

Ardoin, who specializes in values based leadership, spoke on exemplary leadership and finding a role within your chapter or colony, stressing that the core of exemplary leaders is that of being values driven, being authentic and striving to achieve progress.

Dr. Sonja Ardoin speaks on values-based leadership.
Dr. Sonja Ardoin speaks on values-based leadership.

“I think it’s a great idea for Lambda Chi Alpha to bring together it’s High Alphas for training because they are the individuals who are going to be shaping the behavior for their chapters,” said Ardoin. “It’s also great for them to understand IHQ’s expectations and to also understand they are not alone in this journey and they have people all around the country who are experiencing the same struggles and successes as they are.”

After meeting in small groups, which continued the focus on values based leadership, IHQ staff and the visiting presidents headed to Capitol Hill for a tour, where they experienced real life examples of democracy and leadership in action.

Rounding out the second night of speakers was Tyler Tordsen (South Dakota ’15).

Those attending High Alpha Summit were treated to a tour of Capitol Hill.
Those attending High Alpha Summit were treated to a tour of Capitol Hill.

“Its been an incredibly rewarding experience and it makes it that much more special that it’s the first one,” Tordsen said of the event. “I wish we had this type of opportunity in the past. I was just thinking of if this was around a few years ago, how awesome it would have been.”

Tordsen, who served as his chapter’s High Alpha for two terms and who also sat on the Student Advisory Committee, told the story of his chapter’s rebirth, in which he offered advice and counsel to the group of presidents who may be facing or may face the same issues in the future.

“I swear by the fact that Lambda Chi takes good men and makes them better,” added Tordesen “And this is just one more example of our organization doing that.”

The inaugural High Alpha Summit continues into Saturday and begins with a general session led by executive vice president of James R. Favor & Company Marc Mores who specializes in helping Greeks craft risk management programs with a first-rate insurance component.

The inaugural summit comes to a close late Saturday night with a closing banquet featuring former Grand High Alpha Dr. Murphy Osborne as its key speaker.

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