Calling all southeastern Circle of Sisterhood supporters! We are headed to SEPC this weekend, and we hope to see you there. This is a conference near and dear to our hearts, and it’s a tremendous opportunity for you to grow in your campus leadership positions. Here are some quick tips for connecting with the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation, and making the most of your SEPC conference:
Meet as many new people as you can. Conferences can be busy and crowded and overwhelming, and your instinct might be to cling to the people from your school- but resist the urge! This is your chance to meet so many new people who can help you be the best Panhellenic officer and sorority woman that you can be. Take a risk, introduce yourself to someone new. Chances are if someone is sitting in the same session as you that they’re facing some of the same challenges you are on campus too!
Come find us. Not sure where to start when it comes to meeting new people? You’re in luck, we love new friends! You can find us in the exhibit hall, hosting an education session Friday at 1:30pm. The title is Global Engagement: Sorority Communities Impacting Girls Education Worldwide, and it will be held in the Waverly Room. Also, you’ll see supporters wearing buttons all over the place. Nervous about making the first introduction? Don’t worry, we’ll be taking every opportunity we can to talk to YOU.
Make sure you meet Ginny. If you haven’t met her yet and you really want to hear the story of how we came to be, make sure you take a minute and connect with our founder, Ginny Carroll, who will be at the conference all weekend. You haven’t seen passion until you’ve heard Ginny talk about the Circle of Sisterhood foundation. She will be speaking at the luncheon, facilitating our ed session, and hanging out at our booth! Also, we will have 4 women who travel with us to Senegal to break ground on the first Circle of Sisterhood funded school there this week. They’d love to share their stories!
Make the most of social media. While we hope you’ll put the phone down and connect with new people and ideas over the weekend, we also hope you’ll take advantage of social media opportunities. Use the conference hashtag #SEPC14 and follow the Southeastern Panhellenic Association @SEPAtweets to engage in conversation about what you’re learning. Also, connect with us, we’re known to have a few social media contests at these conferences ☺. You can follow us on twitter @CofS_Foundation to learn more about our cause and participate in any giveaways that might be going down.
Don’t forget your swag. You’ll notice that everyone at the conference is rocking flair! Forget yours at home? No worries- we have swag for everyone. Drop by the exhibition booth and we’ll hook you up with buttons or pins!.
Take it home with you. This conference will give you so many good ideas and good connections, and it can be hard to keep track of everything. Don’t forget to take notes, and it’s never too early to start making some plans. Figure out what will work for you and your campus, and what won’t. We firmly believe that one person can have a tremendously positive impact on their community and those around them. Be that person.
Oh, and you know that swag we mentioned? Do you like t-shirts? Hoodies? On Thursday only, Circle of Sisterhood merchandise will be for sale next to our booth near the registration area. 35% of proceeds will help us remove barriers to education for girls!
We’re so excited to see old friends and meet new ones at SEPC this weekend! Use these tips and take advantage of every opportunity and it’ll be the experience of a lifetime!