Leadership Academy is a professional leadership development program for Phi Sigma Pi Members. The core curriculum includes personal leadership development, Officer and Committee Chair training, strategic planning and interpersonal skills.The program will feature scholarship, leadership and fellowship through: Leadership in Action Regional Modules, Leadership in Action Facilitator Training, large and small group discussions, leadership inventories, a HOBY presentation and networking opportunities to meet Members from different Chapters.
Through the program, Members will reflect and evaluate their own strengths and how to utilize the strengths of fellow Members to develop as an organization. The program has been designed to provide an insightful and challenging experience that will fully engage attendees. Participants will enhance their leadership abilities to aid them to reach their personal and professional potential.
“Overall, my biggest take away is the sense of Phi Sigma Pi pride and spirit that I came back with. I never would have thought I'd be impacted in such a strong way, but I completely believe Leadership Academy changed me; not only as a Brother, but as a person and leader!” - Alesha Wireman, Epsilon Beta Chapter
2018 Leadership Academy
Locations and dates for the 2018 Leadership Academy programs are listed below. Registration will open in the coming months. Contact email@example.com with questions.
February 16-17, 2018: Gamma Rho Chapter - Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
February 16-17, 2018: Beta Delta Chapter - North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
February 23-24, 2018: Epsilon Sigma Chapter - University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
February 23-24, 2018: Delta Chi Chapter - Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
February 23-24, 2018: Delta Kappa Chapter - University of North Texas, Denton, TX
March 2-3, 2018: Delta Beta Chapter - University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
March 2-3, 2018: Zeta Eta Chapter - University of California - Riverside, Riverside, CA
Leadership Academy FAQ
Who should attend the Leadership Academy?
All Members are encouraged to attend a Leadership Academy, including those who are currently in leadership positions and/or interested in serving as an officer and/or Committee Chair, as well as those who want to enhance their overall leadership skills and Chapter operation practices. Chapter Faculty and Alumni Advisors would also benefit from attending the Leadership Academy. Initiates are unable to attend the Leadership Academy.
How much does it cost to attend?
The registration fee is $45 per person. Each Collegiate Chapter receives sponsorships to cover the registration fees for Members attending from the Chapter. The Chapter decides who receives the sponsorships within their Chapter. The Chapter President will receive information on how to register these attendees. Transportation and lodging costs are the responsibility of the attendees and/or the Chapter.
What if the Leadership Academy conflicts with my schedule or my Chapter’s schedule?
Leadership Academies will occur on various dates. Each Member is able to select which of the seven (7) Leadership Academies best suits them and their Chapter’s schedule.
Is the Chapter required to send representatives to the Leadership Academy?
No, Chapters are not required to send representatives, however, it is highly encouraged and recommended that at least two Chapter Members attend a Leadership Academy. Each Chapter does receive sponsored registrations to one Leadership Academy.
When will registration open and close for the Leadership Academy?
Registration for all seven Leadership Academy locations will open in Fall 2017. Registration deadlines will also be announced at that time.
Will we be provided with information on local hotels, restaurants and campus parking?
Yes. All registered Attendees will receive information on hotels near the host campus, on and off campus restaurants and where to park on campus during the Leadership Academy. This information will be provided in email communications that will be sent out prior to the Leadership Academy and during on site registration. All meals are on your own, allowing Members the opportunities to bond over local favorites.
Transportation and lodging arrangements are the responsibility of the Attendees and/or the Chapter. You get to choose where to stay and how to get to the Leadership Academy. Make sure you search for the the best rates.
Will Leadership Academy host Chapter Members be able to house any attendees overnight?
At the discretion of the Chapter Members. Host Chapters are not required to house Leadership Academy Attendees but may choose to host based on Member and space availability. Understand that some Chapters may not be able to host anyone, or may have very limited spaces. The host Chapter President will manage any housing request and arrangements, so contact them directly with your inquiry. You may contact the Chapter President via their information at phisigmapi.org/leadershipacademy.
It is recommended that you do not rely on being housed by host Chapter Members, but instead, split the cost of a hotel room with fellow Members who are attending from your Chapter or connect with Attendees from other Chapters. Note that the National Office will not be responsible for lodging arrangements.
What if I need to cancel my registration?
Refunds will be made available when refund requests are made in writing and postmarked or fax stamped by the registration deadline for the Leadership Academy. After that point, no refunds are available, however, you can send another Member in your place at no additional cost. Cancellations or registration transfers may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax to 717-390-3954.
What happens if my Chapter does not use our sponsored registrations?
The sponsored registrations would allow each Chapter to send Members to attend for free, except for the cost of lodging and transportation. If a Chapter chooses not to take advantage of this leadership opportunity, the money will be reallocated to support Leadership Academy in other ways.
Can Alumni attend the Leadership Academy?
Yes, however a majority of the programming is intended for Collegiate Members and Advisors. The National Office will be looking for Alumni Members to volunteer at the Leadership Academy. The volunteer role will include assisting with event operations and facilitating programming. Information regarding volunteer opportunities will be released in the coming months. If you have any questions email email@example.com.
When should we arrive to the Leadership Academy? And when should we plan to leave?
The program begins promptly at 8:00 pm on Friday so you should plan to arrive around 7:30 pm on Friday. For those traveling a greater distance, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your anticipated arrival time. The official programming will end on Saturday evening around 6:00pm, though it is encouraged that attendees stay Saturday evening for the fellowship event and depart at their leisure on Sunday.
What if inclement weather is forecasted?
Should inclement weather conditions occur that would make it unsafe to conduct the Leadership Academy, the National Office will cancel the event. Cancellations will be announced at least 24 hours before scheduled programming begins. All registered attendees and volunteers will be notified via email and text message alerts. The cancellation will also be posted on Phi Sigma Pi’s website and social media pages. In the event of a cancellation registration fees will be partially refunded as alternative programming and resources will be made available to those who registered. Leadership Academy materials, resources and t-shirt would be mailed to each registered attendee.
What programming is being offered?
The core curriculum includes personal leadership development, Officer and Committee Chair training, strategic planning and interpersonal skills.The program will feature: Leadership in Action Regional Modules, Leadership in Action Facilitator Training, large and small group discussions, leadership inventories, a presentation from our philanthropic partner Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) and networking opportunities to meet Members from different Chapters. Attendees are required to attend all Leadership Academy core programming.
What fellowship opportunities will there be during the Leadership Academy?
Throughout the program there will be interactive sessions that will allow Members to network with attendees from other Chapters, this includes: roundtables, Officer training sessions, Leadership in Action Modules and planning workshops. Meals are also a great opportunity for Members to spend time getting to know one another. Saturday evening there will be a fellowship event planned by the host Chapter. Attendees do have the opportunity to attend the event on Saturday evening following the required programming.
What is the attire for the Leadership Academy?
Since the Leadership Academy is a professional program, attendees are asked to wear business casual clothing for the main programming on Saturday. Friday and Saturday evening are causal attire. All attendees will receive a Leadership Academy t-shirt as part of their registration.