2017 is ending with a big first for me- the chance to travel to Atlanta, GA for the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Annual Meeting! Along with my friend and frequent collaborator Dr. Josie Ahlquist, we’ll be speaking with advance program attendees about how to bring more creativity and innovation to the Greek experience in Frameworks for Innovation in the Greek Experience.

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Josie and I are each deeply committed to helping students and professionals look at their college experiences with an eye toward leadership and change management, and I’m excited to be teaming up with her to combine the lessons of digital leadership and competence in creativity.

From our program description:

At a campus steeped in tradition, it can be difficult to make a case for change in fraternity and sorority life. However, as the landscape these traditions exist in changes, organizations and their professionals must adapt. 

We’ll seek to facilitate the start of that adaptation in our three hour program, addressing the following objectives:

  • Participants (you won’t just be attendees, you’ll be part of it!) will experiment with ten (10) digital/mobile tools, and learn three ways each can be applied to your success in Greek life.
  • Participants will engage in active discussion on conflicts between tradition and innovation.

A trio of frameworks we’ll be addressing – Design Thinking, Finding Creative Voice, and Cultivating Creativity – will help you to rethink your campus’ capacity for innovation, while still honoring and maintaining tradition. These frameworks help determine how innovation might go over on your campus, offer strategies to overcome resistance to change, and address systemic but hard-to-act on issues in a methodical way.

The AFA Annual Meeting Advance Programs take place ahead of the Meeting, on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017. Ours will be taking place in the afternoon, from 1pm to 4:30pm. Registration for the program is $55, and can be completed through the online meeting registration process.

Learn more about our program on AFA’s site, and we look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!