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Posted On: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 10:05 AM, by Amy Hayner Kates
Amy Hayner Kates
Alpha Phi/Tulane
As I hope Thetas everywhere know, Theta introduced a new tag line—Leading Women—and logo earlier this summer. During the development phase of this new brand, we on Grand Council were very mindful of the fact that our tag line can't simply sound good. It has to resonate with members, friends of the Fraternity, and the general public, and it must also accurately reflect who we are as individuals and as an organization.

So this July, I was very pleased to participate in three experiences of Leading Women in action.

At Theta's Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI), more than 200 collegians spent a weekend analyzing their specific skills and understanding leadership as a relational process. We believe that leadership is not necessarily an office held or a title conferred; rather, Theta defines relational leadership as an opportunity to engage with others to create positive change for the common good. Jessica Seigel, a member of Alpha Beta Chapter at Swarthmore said this about the Institute: "So often, we pay the most attention to fixing our faults, but at ELI we stopped thinking about what we couldn't do. Each individual contributes something unique to her chapter, and without these talents, the chapter cannot thrive. Everyone's best attributes will allow a chapter to find the most success as a whole."

Harnessing individual strengths for the common good was also a theme of Theta's Service Trip. Nineteen collegians spent a week in New Orleans, working with CASA of New Orleans and New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity during the day and engaging in leadership, service, and cultural curriculum in the evenings. As participant Abbi Miles, Delta Epsilon/Arizona State, said, "Women empowering women. It really doesn't get much better than that."

Theta's Advisor Conference, in fact, exemplified women empowering women. Our advising philosophy is, "we let students do," because truly effective advisors support students as they learn and grow as leaders. Of course, advisors also serve as role models for collegians, demonstrating the many facets of Leading Women.

It was truly inspiring to participate in these three events, to meet so many accomplished and dedicated Thetas, both alumnae and collegian. I believe that Theta's first leading women—Bettie, Alice, Hannah, and Alice—would be very proud.

Amy Hayner Kates, Alpha Phi/Tulane, is the president of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity, and is a charter Life Loyal member.

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