SLS 2015: Day 1
Stead Leadership Seminar 2015: Day One Recap
AMES, Iowa — This weekend, brothers from over 190 of Lambda Chi Alpha’s chapters traveled from across the United States and Canada to the campus of Iowa State University located in Ames, Iowa for the 2015 Stead Leadership Seminar.
The seminar started on Thursday afternoon with a kick-off speech made by the fraternity’s CEO, Bill Farkas. Along with fun facts about Iowa and Iowa State University, Farkas encouraged attendees to “think about the bigger Lambda Chi Alpha,” as it relates to the 600 members attending Stead Leadership Seminar, the 11,000 undergraduate brothers, the 180,000 living members and the almost 300,000 brothers initiated.
Following the kick-off, brothers from Lambda Chi Alpha’s chapters split into eighteen small groups to head off to their individual small group sessions, each taught by two facilitators composed of members of Lambda Chi professional staff and certified alumni volunteers.
The sessions, written by Associate Director of Education Marcus Kelley, were designed with the hope that attendees would build a bond with individuals in their groups and garner a sense of encouragement for the future of their chapters.
“In the past we’ve always done really general operational education,” said Kelley. “This year, our primary focus is on leadership development of the individual brother so that hopefully he can become a better leader, then go back and help his chapter be successful operationally.”
Thursday night’s kickoff dinner took place on the arena floor of the Hilton Coliseum. The welcome and invocation for the night were given by the Grand High Phi David Huffine.
After dinner, Stead Leadership Seminar attendees split into ten groups for specialized education sessions. Education topics ranged from motivating members, finances, officer transitioning, philanthropy and many other sessions.
“Much of the program was based around the social skills and character you build as an undergraduate and how you can apply these to your career and life,” said undergraduate attendee Evan Ziebell (Ball State).
Farkas saw one of the largest turnouts at his “Tough Brotherhood” session, focused on “how prospective chapter leaders can utilize the ritual and hold membership accountable and motivate them to live up to the values of the creed.”
Farkas took members through the creed step by step and questioned what the cross and the crescent meant to each individual. He also took brothers through Lambda Chi Alpha’s ritual and explained valuing the ritual’s teachings over the bylaws in the fraternity’s constitution and statutory code.
To bring the first day of Stead Leadership Seminar to a close Thursday night, the fraternity hosted an ice cream social for attendees, giving members the opportunity to mingle with brothers from other chapters, meet the Educational Leadership Consultant assigned to their regions and hear stories from alumni brothers about their time in the organization.
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