This summer two of our members, Kennedy and Jaime, were able to attend Alpha Phi's workshop aimed towards underclassmen who would like to hold leadership positions in the future. The Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) provides a caring, creative and fun environment where leaders are challenged to explore and strengthen personal values in the context of today's university setting. The Institute provides our emerging or rising leaders with a unique opportunity to learn from successful Alpha Phi alumnae and each other. Annually, 200 freshmen and sophomores who show great potential as future chapter leaders are invited to attend.
Our sister Kennedy attended ELI the past weekend said, "My friends and family keep asking me how it was and what I learned, but the truth is that I learned so much about Alpha Phi, sisterhood and myself that it can be difficult to put into words. It was not memorizing facts, but instead I was learning how to develop a whole new outlook on my life. This experience has undoubtedly rekindled my loyalty for my sorority. What I want to take most from this is that Alpha Phi is not a group of girls who are exactly alike, but instead we are extremely diverse. We motivate each other to go places beyond our own personal imagination because we all have different paths of life. The friendships I formed with my sisters allowed me to realize my true potential. Learning how to be so authentically myself as a leader within Alpha Phi has grown my loyalty more than I could ever imagine, and I'm excited to see where my sisters and I will go."
Sophomore Jaime who attended ELI in May said, "I was able to learn so much about not only Alpha Phi, but also my potential to make an impact on my chapter. I gained a deeper love for Alpha Phi and Greek Life as a whole. It was almost surreal to meet women who reminded me so much of many members in my own chapter. Because I attended ELI, I found more self confidence and another support system of Alpha Phis across the nation. The women I met became additional role models who truly uphold what it means to be an "Alpha Phi".