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Posted On: Thursday, June 18, 2015 08:05 AM, by Aquene Kenerson
L to R: Maddie Intfen, Ashley Freeman, Jennifer Polhemus, and Los Angeles alumna Sally Anderson
Jennifer Polhemus was initiated at Omicron Chapter at the University of Southern California and became an educational leadership consultant for the Fraternity in the late 1970s. After serving as an ELC, Jennifer pursued a career as a forensic economist where she is a consultant helping attorneys measure potential damages for lawsuits and insurance claims. Although 35 years have passed since her time as an ELC, Jennifer is still involved with Theta and keeps in contact with the ELC team she traveled with.

In her work, Jennifer found that her ELC experience helped her gain footing professionally. "As a professional in consulting, I need to balance many projects simultaneously, with different deadlines and details, adapting to my clients' particular styles and needs, and not become debilitated by stress." In thinking about the expertise she developed as an ELC, Jennifer cites follow-through, self-sufficiency, and maturity as having made a lasting impact on both her personal and professional life.

Traveling as an ELC in 1979 looked very different from traveling as an ELC in 2015. Before the age of smartphones and the Internet, arranging travel, writing reports, and keeping in touch with family was more difficult. Jennifer is grateful for the alumnae she met during her travels who extended Theta hospitality by welcoming her into their homes for dinner. Now with her active involvement in the Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter, Jennifer makes a point to reach out to ELCs traveling to southern California. This past spring, two ELCs had the opportunity to meet up with her and do some sight-seeing from Beverly Hills to Hollywood Boulevard.

In looking back on her time as an ELC, Jennifer summarizes, "The opportunity to lead and to see results, the chance to make so many friends, and to see the country, was wonderful for me."

Aquene Kenerson, Epsilon Psi/Richmond, will serve Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity during the next school year as a second-year educational leadership consultant.