Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Chapter Update

Magazine article Phi Kappa Phi Forum

Chapter Update

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"Before coming to the Summit, I felt as though I was swept into a whirlwind. I was nominated by the previous SVP and a faculty member and had no idea what was to be expected, neither of me, or the situation I was put in. As of now, I have a newly gained confidence in myself, and a lot of ideas on how to further our chapter's success. "

This statement typifies the kinds of comments we have received from student vice presidents after attendance at Phi Kappa Phi's Student Leadership Summit.

Beautiful and historic downtown Denver was the setting for the 2017 Summit. Students from almost sixty-five campuses and from many disciplines and walks of life gathered to learn about the role of student vice president as they begin work as ambassadors for Phi Kappa Phi.

Leadership training was also a central focus of the event with sessions led by Society President Gypsy Denzine, chapter development directors, and Collegiate Empowerment facilitator Brittany Holguin.

'I really enjoyed the material! Engaging, relevant, and applicable! Thank you!"

The first days seminars juxtaposed the history, mission, and awards focus of Phi Kappa Phi with the principles of the Student Leadership Challenge (based on The Leadership Challenge by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner) and the concept of mindful leadership. Students were led in small group activities by Council of Students members and student representatives from the national board. These groups were asked to lead discussions about a time when they performed at their best as leaders and identify the traits of exemplary leaders in what they did right. They were then asked to brainstorm on possible chapter visibility projects and how they could accomplish them. They were also asked to make as their goal for the end of the Summit a crystallized vision of a definitive goal for their return to their chapter.

"This conference provides valuable information not only from Headquarters but I really enjoyed hearing ideas from other SVPs."

Next in the sessions, the concept of mindful leadership was presented by Denzine, with special emphasis on how being aware of your intentions as a leader can contribute greatly to the outcome of your chosen goal. …

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