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Women in the Workplace

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8 Iota Eta Chapter installation 10 Introducing the 2018-20 National Council

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E DI T O R ’ S D E S K Volume 103, Number 3

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While brainstorming for this issue with the rest of national headquarters staff one topic came up repeatedly: work/life balance.

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The thing is, I hate the term work/life balance and I want to challenge you to think about it differently. Isn’t your work part of your life? Of course it is. The term work/life balance implies work and life are separate. The term sets work and life against each other, and the thought that follows is that you are either working too much and living too little or vice versa. The term diminishes that work can be a rewarding part of a person’s life.

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Women want to live satisfying lives both personally and professionally. They want to know that both are possible at the same time. They do not want to sacrifice their personal priorities in order to have a satisfying career. Personal and professional satisfaction run hand in hand. If you are satisfied at work you are more likely to be satisfied in life and vice versa. This change in mindset can make all the difference – I know it did in my life. For a long time I struggled with working too much because I wanted to feel successful. I felt guilty if I left the office at a decent hour. The thing is I may have been achieving at work but I was generally unhappy. I found balance when I stopped pitting work and life against each other and realized satisfaction in my personal life leads to satisfaction in my professional life. Instead of feeling guilty for leaving work right when the clock hits five, I remind myself that I’m working on my personal satisfaction which will in turn make me a better employee. I had to challenge myself to think about work/life balance differently. I hope this issue challenges you to make the needed changes in your work life or to look at your work differently. This issue is full of valuable information that can inspire your work – so let it. Mizpah,

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When I reflect on my work journey, I realize I have had significant people at every turn who have mentored me. These mentors have cared for and encouraged me and have given me valuable advice, whether I was starting a new adventure or continuing my current path. My first job after college was as a leadership consultant working for Alpha Sigma Alpha. This was a logical step for me for two reasons: 1. I loved Alpha Sigma Alpha and was not ready for my experience to end and felt I could make an impact on our organization. 2. I had attended college in my hometown of Emporia, KS so I was ready for an adventure. This job required traveling across the United States to visit chapters. Even though being a leadership consultant made sense, I still needed encouragement to go down this path. My parents, advisors and chapter sisters assisted me in recognizing I should pursue this once-in-alifetime opportunity. The ten-month consultant job was challenging and I was continually stretched out of my comfort zone. The people who encouraged me were the same ones who gave me guidance from afar as I navigated the uncertainties of the job. As I visited chapters, I interacted with alumnae who naturally became mentors to me. These women boosted my confidence by providing input to my ideas, sharing their own experiences and validating my plans. I would have never made it without these sisters’ love and reassurance. When I finished college, my career dream was to have my own gift store. I always thought it was unreachable, but my parents knew my vision and helped me make this a reality. It took long hours and hard work, but it was fun to follow my passion. I have to admit that being an entrepreneur came with a learning curve, but I was lucky to have my parents provide guidance every step of the way. My path changed when I began working in children’s ministry at a church. The role was desirable because I could impact children. My co-workers instantly welcomed me and got me up to speed. They quickly became people who I looked up to as we worked together to get the best result. Not only did they put in a strong effort, they genuinely cared for each other, which made it easy to be successful.

As a volunteer for Alpha Sigma Alpha, I had the opportunity to try new things like assist with planning District Day. This experience, along with my love of organizing and executing, led me to a job in development doing fundraising and event planning for a small nonprofit organization. Sisters supported me in trying something new, which in turn gave me the self-assurance to take on many additional roles in this organization over the course of 11 years. Recently, I made the decision to be a stay-at-home mom. As I struggled with making the change, my husband, friends and family assured me that I was doing the right thing. I realized that I was no longer fulfilled and was losing precious time with my kids. It made it an easy choice once I was able to realize-- with the help of others--the positive difference that it would have on my family. The common thread throughout my career path is that I had mentors every step of the way. The word “mentor” conjures up a very specific, formal idea for most people. The fact is, mentors come in all shapes and sizes. They can be people who have known you your entire life or individuals you encounter along the way. You will often find them where you least expect, and sometimes don’t even recognize them. Mentors are people who help you grow and be the best version of you. They assist you as you consider many things in your journey. Am I able to learn and grow in this role? Is this position working for my family? Am I fulfilled? I encourage you to seek out the people along your journey who can help you answer these questions. No change, choice or decision is ever a cake walk but they are much easier with others at your side. I am thankful for those who have guided me and who have truly been a difference maker in my life!


Melissa Koch Merriam, EE National President @melissaamerriam



Save the Date: The Academy 2018-19 The Academy is Alpha Sigma Alpha’s regional leadership conference dedicated to providing collegiate members with opportunities for personal development and leadership training. The Academy: Hartford – Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 The Academy: St. Louis – Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 The Academy: Chicago – Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 The Academy: Philadelphia – Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 The Academy: Kansas City – Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 The Academy: Dallas – Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 The Academy: Richmond – Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 The Academy: Cleveland – Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 The Academy: Denver – Saturday, March 2, 2019

2018 Advisor Institute September 28-30, 2018 | Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Join us for a weekend of training that empowers advisors to drive toward success in their volunteer roles.

Letters of Recommendation Do you know a woman who is headed off to a college or university that has an Alpha Sigma Alpha chapter? Does this woman exude herself as a woman of poise and purpose, who commits herself to service, scholarship, leadership and friendship? Refer her to an Alpha Sigma Alpha chapter! Many of Alpha Sigma Alpha chapters depend on recruitment referrals to get to know potential new members. As a collegiate or alumna member, Alpha Sigma Alpha needs your help to find and refer women. Visit our website at


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EMERGING CHAPTER TO BE ESTABLISHED IN SOUTH CAROLINA Alpha Sigma Alpha will establish an emerging chapter at Columbia College in Columbia, SC, in the fall 2018 semester. Columbia College is a private, women’s college with a strong tradition of empowering students. Columbia College is wellknown for preparing students for success by providing liberal arts and professional programs that emphasize service, social justice and leadership development. Alpha Sigma Alpha will be the first NPC organization on campus. Recruitment for the emerging chapter will begin in fall 2018. Alpha Sigma Alpha partnered with Columbia College throughout the pre-recruitment phase, which included recruiting and training alumnae from the central South Carolina area as emerging chapter advisors, marketing at on-campus events and establishing relationships with students and staff at the institution. The next phase for the emerging chapter will begin in August 2018, when leadership consultants host informational sessions and end with a celebratory bid day. Alpha Sigma Alpha looks forward to initiating and installing the next chapter of the Sorority in Columbia, SC.



Theta Mu Chapter, Valdosta State University, GA

Columbia, SC


Theta Phi Chapter, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Private, all-women’s institution


Theta Chi Chapter, Methodist University, NC

Enrollment: 700 students

Charlotte, North Carolina Alumnae Chapter

Student/faculty ratio: 13 to 1


Founded in 1854

Southeastern North Carolina Alumnae Chapter Triangle Alumnae Association, NC




Iota Eta Chapter at the University of Arizona

In April 2018, Alpha Sigma Alpha installed


Iota Eta Chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha was installed on April 7, 2018, at the University of Arizona. The weekend celebration took place at the university and the JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, AZ. Nearby alumnae members came to celebrate the initiation of 137 women and the installation of the newest chapter of Alpha Sigma Alpha. The women were joined by their guests for an evening banquet commemorating their achievements as a new chapter. Vice President of Membership Jessica Bridwell, ZP, delivered a keynote address during the installation banquet. Jessica addressed the women on how to leave their legacy in Alpha Sigma Alpha at the University of Arizona. She connected her experience as a founding member to her involvement as an alumna member, encouraging the women to take the lead in making positive impacts on campus and the community to create a legacy. Jessica encouraged the women to stay involved and stay connected with each other even after their time in the Iota Eta Chapter has passed. The night was filled with sisterhood and festivity as the Iota Eta Chapter celebrated their installation.


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Alumnae initiates

Catherine Cosica Cindy Spasoff Chapter advisors

Katie Leary, EQ, chapter advisor Cheryl Thompson, membership education advisor Cindy Spasoff, IH, recruitment advisor Amanda Gowans, BB, m  embership commitment advisor Kaity Wagner, ZK , social responsibility advisor Carrie Mulligan, housing advisor Iota Eta installation team

Melissa Koch Merriam, EE, national president

Jessica Bridwell, ZP, vice president of membership Ellie Whitt, ZZ, collegiate expansion coordinator Mac Mackenzie, DS, region 2 facilitator Colleen Metzler, AG, leadership consultant Lexi Patterson, QC, leadership consultant Installation gifts and donations sponsored by:

Lauren Wanzer, ET Region 2 Volunteer Team Suzanne Hebert, BZ Carolyn McGary, ZP

Charter members

Israa Abdulrazzaq Alexis Ahumada Briana Alonso Ariel Alonzo Paige Anderson Saysamone Banks Kelsey Bawden Kenisha Begay Alexandra Behrens Samantha Bernal Raegan Blake Alexandria Brahms Kayla Bright Bailey Brock Ell Brooks Tayvian Buckhouse Aubrie Buechting Christina Carrillo Natalia Chavez Yue Chen Gina Coniglario Brittany Cooper Megan Corbell

Arianna Cordova Genesis Cortez Angellica Cosica Rachelly De La Cruz Colleen Devaney Phrisilla Dominguez Ajitha Doniparthi Tara Doyle Alexis Edwards Colleen Effinger Anisa Eke Bethany EspinozaCabrera Mariluz Estrada Jesseca Fernandez Kathleen Finn Tatiana Franco Alessandra Fucchi Hannah Gaffney Amanda Gonzalez Shelbi Gowin Grace Graham Anna Hall Alyssa Hara

Arielle Hardy Anne Haskins Elinor Henderson Jada Herdt Jordyn Hill Aysia Holman Leah Holzman Alexandria Horton Terika Horton Tatum Hosek Tia Hunt Kaitlyn Ivey Morgan Jackalone Jai Juan Enya Keenan Jessie Keiser Caitlyn Kramer Danielle Krause Tula Lafferty Kylea Langhals Victoria Latorre Kimberly Le Payton Leahy Kyrsten Lee

Toni Lira Stephanie Lowe Alexandra Lucero Lucy Lyong Sara Malkin Destiny Mankel Brianna Martinez Mardelle Mattingly Adrienne McCullough Alyssa Menendez Erika Miranda Madison Montes Alyssa Montijo Azzurria Munaqiah Apolline Neau Diemphi Nguyen Hallie Nitido Kasey O’Brien Danielle Obispo Elizabeth Oien Maggie Orse Leah Ortega Jenna Parker Nicole Peterson

Alexandria Purvines Nataly Rivera Genevieve Robillard Aeriana Rodriguez Zoe Ruehl Abigail Runyon Jysselle Sanchez Daniela Schull Aissa Sencion Savanna Shawler Kailey Shumate Julia Sochin Sophia Soto Debora Souksouna Sierra Spinazzola Ilyssa Strauss Jaesa Strong Katie Sussen Marisa Taylor Kassandra Tejeda Jessica Thompson Michelle To Ashley Tolton Keyauni Tracy

Angelina Tretola Denice Tsinajinie Belen Valencia Jade Vendivel Rohini Venkat N’Dea Walker Caroline Wenhold Jennifer Westbrook Gena Winke Rebecca WoodsLubbert Lily Younan Nooreen Yusufoff Charter new members Gabrielia Caldwell Destiny Camou Sierra Howard Iris McCarty Kalei Munion Tiana Rowe Isabella Weckstein





Kelly McGinnis Morello, served her collegiate chapter at Millersville University, PA, as song/ sunshine chairman, treasurer, 10-year anniversary chairman and standards chairman. On campus, she served as vice president of Order of Omega and corresponding secretary of student senate. She graduated in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. Kelly graduated magna cum laude from Villanova University with a master’s degree in human resource development and completed her MBA at Penn State. She holds SPHR, SHRM-SCP and PMP certifications. Upon graduation, she traveled as a leadership consultant for the Sorority. As a founding member of the Greater Valley Forge Alumnae Chapter, Kelly has served as president, treasurer, ritual chairman and alumnae chapter Panhellenic delegate. She was previously treasurer for the Philadelphia Area Alumnae Panhellenic (PAAP).

About the nominating committee The nominating committee is appointed by the national president with the approval of national council and is directed to identify, interview and nominate candidates for Alpha Sigma Alpha’s national council. Members of the committee are: Kim Benson, ΔN-B, chairman, Jordan Huntze Walker, BΛ, Jaime Vilsack McCaslin, ΓΨ, Grace Moody, ΔH, Anna Chorazychzewski, ZΦ

A national volunteer since 1999, she was Epsilon Kappa membership advisor in 1999, Epsilon Kappa chapter advisor 1999-04, province director 2000-02, District 2 Advantage coaching team leader 2002-04, District 2 district facilitator 2004-07, volunteer recruitment and placement team leader 2007-08, vice president of membership 2008-12 and presently serves as vice president of finance. Kelly was honored with the Agape Award at the 2006 national convention. Professionally, Kelly is the Vice President of Investor Relations and Operations for Ocugen, a biotechnology company located in the greater Philadelphia region. She is a past president for the Philadelphia Society of People and Strategy. She resides in Romansville, PA, with her husband, Brandon, their three kids and their pup. *The initial slate announcement listed Kelly McGinnis Morrello. Congratulations to Kelly on her recent wedding.


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Jessica Bridwell, ZΠ

Kathryn Wolfington Harth, EE

Jessica Bridwell is a founding member of Zeta Pi Chapter, which she served as a member of the installation committee, vice president of public relations & recruitment and chapter president. While in college, Jessica was honored by her chapter as member of the year for two consecutive years, and was heavily involved in student government and student life. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a MBA from the University of Southern Colorado (now known as Colorado State University-Pueblo). After graduation, Jessica traveled as a leadership consultant and then moved to Kansas City, where she helped create the Lawrence, KS Alumnae Chapter and later was active in the Greater Kansas City Alumnae Chapter. Jessica has volunteered for the national organization in a variety of roles including education coaching team leader, recruitment advisor, colony/chapter development coordinator and FOCUS revamp team member. She has also presented at District Day and The Academy, facilitated at Emma Coleman Frost Leadership Development Institute and participated in numerous extension presentations and installation teams. In addition, she was a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation Board of Trustees from 2004-13, serving as chairman from 2008-11. Jessica currently serves the organization as vice president of membership. Professionally, Jessica is director of development for the school of medicine at the UNM Foundation. She is active in the nonprofit community in Albuquerque, NM, where she resides with her fiancée, Kat, and their three dogs and two cats.

Kathryn Wolfington Harth graduated magna cum laude from Emporia State University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and from the University of Colorado Denver with a master’s degree in informational and learning technologies. Kathryn served the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter as secretary, housing manager and president, and was involved in many campus organizations. Her leadership was recognized through the Ruth Schillenger Outstanding Sorority Woman of the Year Award, the A Cappella Choir Outstanding Member Service Award, and the Rho Lambda Leadership Award. As an alumna, she has been a member in the Lawrence, KS; Denver, CO; and Topeka, KS, Alumnae Chapters. Kat has volunteered for the Sorority in a variety of roles, serving as a membership advisor, district meeting coordinator, national convention & leadership conference team leader, District 9 facilitator, facilitator at the Emma Coleman Frost Leadership Development Institute and presenter at District Day and The Academy. She has served as a delegate at seven national convention & leadership conferences and in 2008 was a recipient of the Agape Award. Kat currently serves the national organization as vice president of communications. Kat currently works with online graduate programs through Great Plains IDEA (Interactive Distance Education Alliance). She volunteers at Kansas State University on the advisory council for the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, and as an advisor for the sophomore honor society, Silver Key. She lives in Manhattan, KS, with her husband, Cory, and their cat, Elvira, and dog, Honey.





Amber Shaverdi Huston, HH

Emily Just, BN

Amber Shaverdi Huston graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations. Upon graduation she traveled as a leadership consultant for the national organization. Following her time as a consultant, Amber completed her Master of Science degree in student development theory at Eastern Illinois University.

Emily Just joined the Beta Nu Chapter at Murray State University, where she served as scholarship chairman, standards board member and vice president of programming and ritual. She was active in many other organizations on campus, including secretary in the student government association, Order of Omega and president of the field hockey club.

Amber served as an education coaching team leader and RFM Specialist in 2006-08. In 2008, Amber joined the organization’s headquarters staff as the membership growth coordinator. In that role Amber oversaw the organization’s extension efforts, colonization, recruitment and membership education. Upon departing staff, Amber began advising the Theta Zeta Chapter at IUPUI where she served as their membership advisor for six years. Additionally, she volunteered as part of NPC’s pilot program of RFM Specialists and area advisors for collegiate Panhellenics. Amber volunteers for a number of fraternal and association programs serving as lead and small group facilitator. She is an active member of the Indianapolis Junior League and serves on the Service Around the Clock committee.

Emily graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Spanish. Following graduation, Emily was accepted to the National University of Ireland, Galway where she earned a Master of Science in Health Promotion.

Professionally, Amber is the chief operations officer for Delta Sigma Phi National Fraternity & Foundation. She is active within the Indianapolis community where she lives with her husband, Andy, and daughter, Hattie. When not facilitating leadership programs or at work, Amber is following her favorite sport teams or trying out one of the new restaurants in Indianapolis.


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Emily has served the national organization in many capacities, including traveling as a leadership consultant, volunteering in the roles of education coaching team leader, volunteer management team member, Foundation ambassador and as a member of the alumnae leadership development task force. She has been the lead facilitator for the service immersion experiences, as well as the Emma Coleman Frost Leadership Development Institutes from 2013-17. Emily has also presented at national conventions, district meetings and extension presentations. Professionally, Emily is a business manager for the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Louisville. She lives in Louisville, KY, with her husband, Josh, and basset hound, Beauregard.



Kristi "Mac" MacKenzie, ΔΣ

Heather Riley, ΦΦ

Kristi “Mac” MacKenzie is a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw, MI, holding a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She also earned her master's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in college student personnel. She is currently pursuing a business analysis tools and strategies certificate from University of California, San Diego. Mac is a founding member of the Delta Sigma Chapter, where she served as the rush chairman (now: vice president of public relations & recruitment), vice president of membership education and Panhellenic president. While in college, Mac was involved in student government, residence life and served as cheer team captain for multiple years. She was awarded for her leadership with the campus Outstanding Senior Leader award. After graduation, she traveled as a leadership consultant for the Sorority. A volunteer since 2002, Mac has served the national organization in a variety of volunteer roles including membership education and chapter advisor for the Gamma Lambda Chapter at Loyola University, Panhellenic delegate for the Windy City Alumnae Chapter and founding member, webmaster and treasurer for the Mid-Michigan Crown Alumnae Chapter. She has also led two national teams as the Advantage project team coordinator and curriculum & development task force chairman. Mac enjoys working directly with our collegiate members and has served as a small group facilitator for six LDIs and as a presenter for seven District Days/Academy events. She has attended nine national conventions, serving as a voting delegate for five of them. She currently serves as the Delta Sigma Chapter scholarship fundraising chairman and as the region 2 facilitator.

Heather Riley joined the Phi Phi Chapter at Northwest Missouri State University where she served her chapter as membership director and standards committee member. She was invited to join Order of Omega and also participated in several other campus organizations throughout her collegiate career. Heather graduated with summa cum laude honors with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a minor in mathematics. Following graduation, she was accepted to the graduate chemistry program at Iowa State University, where she earned her master’s degree in inorganic chemistry. Heather has served the national organization in numerous roles including: Emma Coleman Frost Leadership Development Institute facilitator, convention project team member, member of extension presentations, District 9 district meeting coordinator and District 9 education coaching team member. She is the past president of the Greater Kansas City Alumnae Chapter and also served as secretary, treasurer and convention delegate for that alumnae chapter. She lives in Loch Lloyd, MO, with her husband and four cats. Professionally, Heather has served her country in the United States Air Guard, was a research chemist at the Procter & Gamble Co. and is currently director of the Illig Family Foundation.

Mac resides in the beautiful “ocean beach” neighborhood in San Diego, CA, with her significant other, Byrne, and their mischievous dog, Vixen. She is the Undergraduate Program Coordinator & Advisor for the Psychology Department at UC San Diego and serves as a small group facilitator for the Appreciative Advising online course. Her mother, Nancy MacKenzie, is also a proud member of our Sorority.




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t’s hard to believe that women first dipped their toe into the US work pool only about 80 years ago, and today, according to the Bureau of

Labor Statistics, we make up more than 51 percent of the workforce. Changes like access to higher education and the establishment of organizations like Alpha Sigma Alpha, made it possible for women to develop as leaders and become key contributors outside of the home.

But as current conversations show, there are still a lot of social and cultural factors pressing on women at work. Childcare, elder care, wage gaps, harassment — many issues can keep working women up at night, but which ones have the greatest impact? And can we do something about it? To find out, I polled 67 women about the things that keep them up at night, and the number one answer was work performance: our drive to be the best we can be. The specific issues varied, but here is a look at the top four work performance concerns and how you can take action to put them to bed and get a good night’s sleep. > LEADING As soon as we get our first leadership position, we begin to feel the pressure. We need to earn the respect of our team, exceed the expectations of our boss and prove we are ready and able to take on growing leadership responsibilities. Whew! We want to do it all right and prove we are a good leader; but being a good leader doesn’t happen just like that. Like any other job, leading takes training and practice and sometimes failure and recovery, which teaches us most of all. To be most successful, make leadership development a goal and create a plan to get there. Have a vision, seek a mentor, educate


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Almost every employer has opportunities. You may just have to look for them in ways you have not considered. Think of it like picking apples: the orchard provides the trees, but you have to do the work to get the ones you want. yourself, prepare for a little trial-and-error and be ready to do it all again and again. Leadership development evolves, but it never really ends. Need help getting started? Try going to and clicking on Leadership Development.

> GETTING RECOGNITION Unfortunately, you cannot just do a good job and expect recognition. Higher-ups are frequently focused on their own issues and, unless working closely with you, may not think about you and your performance until prompted at review time (and by then

who knows what they will remember). The trouble, of course, is that most of us are uncomfortable with bragging about our accomplishments. Now what? You need to look for ways to communicate your accomplishments frequently and subtly. I’m not talking about sly comments at the water cooler or awkward hinting in meetings. I’m talking about using normal and accepted work processes. Something as simple as regular status reports to keep your boss “up to speed” (how considerate of you!) also keeps you (and your accomplishments) top of mind. It also establishes you as a great communicator – an important leadership trait.

Almost every employer has opportunities. You may just have to look for them in ways


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> PROFESSIONAL CHALLENGE & DEVELOPMENT Ideally, employers recognize our potential and offer us training, then give us opportunities to use that training and prove our capabilities for bigger and better things. In reality, many companies do not have the budget or the time to invest in all of us, but that does not mean your development has to go on hold.



or her own. This may seem tough, but you need to communicate that all your commitments are important — including, but not exclusively the one’s for work — and seek arrangements that work for both you and your employer. If you plan on working from home, check out my LinkedIn article “5 Ways to Make Work-from-home Work” for tips on making it work out for you and your employer. you have not considered. Think of it like picking apples: the orchard provides the trees, but you have to do the work to get the ones you want. Look around and see what others are doing, volunteer to help other teams, shop what you want to do next. If you cannot find it at work, look for meetups or volunteer opportunities to expand both your knowledge and your network (and don’t forget to include some of your new discoveries in those status reports to get a little recognition as a self-starter). Check out the Forbes online article “Five Ways To Take Charge Of Your Professional Development In 2018”. > BALANCE This issue comes up time and again (and not just for women, but also for men). We are at war with ourselves about how to meet all of our commitments to family, work and ourselves – because self-care is important,


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too! Gaining balance means accepting that we are whole people and that all our commitments are important (not just the ones at work) and that is O.K. Begin by deciding what you absolutely cannot miss (home, work and self) and then proposing boundaries. Consider defining timing of travel, days you cannot work over time and structuring so you can do some things from home – something technology makes possible more than ever before. You also need to define how getting this balance will benefit your employer. Consider how eliminating a commute might make you more productive, or if better defining the parameters on your family obligations will mean taking less unscheduled time off. Then write up a plan, propose it and negotiate, recognizing that your boss may be trying to meet commitments of his

Being concerned about your work performance is a good thing – it says you have integrity and care about your work – but it’s not ok if it’s stressing you out. Identify what’s keeping you up, make a plan, take action and call it a day. Nighty night.

Marcia Jacquette, DN-A, is a leadership coach dedicated to teaching women the strategies and techniques for a lifetime of strong leadership. She has spent more than 15 years in leadership roles both in business and as a volunteer. Marcia is currently an active member of the Greater Valley Forge Alumnae Chapter and a national volunteer. You can get more tips on work and leadership on her website at, or connect with her on Facebook (@mariposateams) or on LinkedIn (



ou have always had a dream to be your own boss and bring your passion to life.

Your new business represents your “why,” the reason you were put on this earth; however, is your passion positioned to create profits? Are you clear on your “why?” Do you have a message that speaks to solving a fear or problem to your potential clients? Will your product or service give your clients the life of their dreams? The steps to bringing your business to life may not be as traditional as you may think. So before you go out and build a website and spend money on marketing, follow these steps to build a fundamental solid foundation to your new venture.



> STEP 1: WHAT IS YOUR BUSINESS? This may sound like a simple question, but you would be surprised at how many people cannot answer it. A lot of entrepreneurs are so passionate about what they do, they go on and on about themselves and their services, but they tend to confuse potential clients. As it has been said over and over again, the confused mind does not buy. So where should you start? Here is some advice on how to construct an answer to the question, “What do you do?” Start with these three basic questions: 1. Who are you? 2. What are you passionate about? 3. What problem do you solve? Your answer should not take more than six seconds and be stated in 15 words or less. It is harder than you think. That is why it’s extremely important to work on your messaging as a first step. This message will be the cornerstone of everything you do and lay the foundation of your business.

> STEP 2: WHO IS YOUR TARGET MARKET? I know this sounds like a lot of marketing jargon, but tailoring your message to the right client or customer is critical. Otherwise, your message might land on deaf ears. Start by sitting down and visualizing your ideal client. Who would you wake up in the


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morning and be completely excited to work with? This is crucial because you are building

where they live, what profession they are in, household income, etc. This builds the foundation for you to start picturing your ideal clientele.

A word of warning especially to new business owners. Do not try to be everything to everybody. In the beginning it is going to be hard and you need to be comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Some very important insights come in the form of psychographic information. This information digs into the values and interests of your ideal clients. Think about what they like to do for fun, what types of movies they like, where they shop, where they vacation, etc. Write down and collect information about their overall lifestyle and ask yourself, “Is my picture or avatar getting clearer?”

Building an avatar of your ideal client will help you get a better idea who you want to attract. In other words, what do

Next, ask yourself the ultimate question… ”What does my target market fear?” Fear is a big motivator for people to open their wallets or purses to buy. Again, think about your ideal clientele and where they are in their lives. Are they baby boomers and one of their biggest fears is not having enough money for retirement? Are you looking for clients with children or people just getting out of college? What are their fears, and can you offer a solution to provide them peace of mind? Can you give them a picture of their ideal life? If so, you can open up their hearts, minds and wallets.

these clients look like? Start with basic demographic information such as male or female, age group(s), single or married,

A word of warning, especially to new business owners: Do not try to be everything to everybody. In the beginning

a business that you are passionate about and if you attract less than the ideal clientele, you may create a job for yourself that leaves you feeling unmotivated and frustrated.

it is going to be hard and you need to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. You will be doing some investing, but there is a tendency to take on anyone willing to pay you or to widen your market, so no one is left out. Take my word of advice as someone who did this in the beginning, you will be sorry both financially and mentally. Those who are not your ideal clients will end up wasting your time and pay you less than you are worth. When you get into this pattern your profitability and happiness plummets.

> STEP 3: START BUILDING YOUR CREDIBILITY. What is your story, what can you provide, what makes you different from all others in your field? This is an extremely important

step. Passion and an idea are great starting points, but if you are going to charge clients for a service, you need to have the knowledge base, credibility and content to give them the best authentic experience that money

can buy. So, if you feel you need to get a certification or attend some seminars to enhance your knowledge or to build your credibility start now. I say this with caution, some get caught up in this step and are afraid



to launch their businesses before they get x, y and z. You then become a permanent student and never really take the next step to fully launch your idea. You need to have enough knowledge to help your clients and should always be learning, but don’t hold off starting and researching because you do not feel like you are ready. Self-confidence is a key factor in landing your perfect client and starting a profitable business. This is also a great time to start looking at your personal social media presence to see what message you are putting out there. Does you social media position you in a good light for your business? Does it show you as an expert in your field? Would a client hire you based on your social media presence? If the answers are no and your social media is an array of food pictures, cat videos and pictures drinking with your friends, it is time to clean it up and start filling your feeds with


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credible content that shows yourself as a professional. When you walk into a room you want people to ask what are you doing, and can you help me do that too? Your personal brand will become a vital part of your marketing.

> STEP 4: GET OUT THERE AND START TALKING TO YOUR TARGET MARKET, SEE WHAT RESONATES WITH THEM. Your business will go through many different strategies and tactics before you find the right combination that really takes off into a profitable venture. Get out there and network. Join the Chamber of Commerce, go to trade group gatherings. Get out there and talk to people and build relationships. Find your tribe that can be sounding boards, alliances and potential clients. You never know the one person or event that can change the trajectory of your life. That can never happen if you stay at home behind your computer. People buy from people they trust and know. The more people you can connect with the better the chance you have for that referral or alliance that can change the landscape of your business.

> STEP 5: GET A COACH. This was the biggest lesson that I wished I had learned early on in my entrepreneurial career. You don’t know what you don’t know, and many new business owners stay in a place of scarcity and by that I mean they are afraid to invest in their own education and guidance system. I guarantee you will end up spending more as you make mistakes and take your business in the wrong direction just because you thought you could do it alone. So, there you have it. The beginning steps of building a business have nothing to do with websites and marketing materials. It takes thoughtful planning and some soul searching before you even begin the business plan and begin spending on websites and brochures. If your business does not have a steady foundation it will never be profitable or sustainable.

Michele is an Amazon best-selling author, speaker, master connector and business expert. She is the master marketing consultant at Michele Malo, Your Business Accelerator, where she identifies, strategizes, and advances businesses by breaking down barriers through communication. Michele pulls from 18 years of Fortune 500 corporate experience and five years of being a successful serial entrepreneur to help clients accelerate their business.




y friend Jenni, CEO of a large CPA firm, called me midday on a Wednesday. “Alex, I need to talk with you about Christine.” Christine was recently promoted to vice president of operations. “Alex, she’s

phenomenal. One of the smartest women I know. She’s a leader on the team that everyone reaches out to when there’s a problem. She’s a hard worker, respected and liked by everyone she meets.” I respond, “She sounds great Jenni. Congratulations! What’s the problem?“ “Alex, here’s the deal. She’s all of those things, and I can’t put her in front of our board. They’ll eat her alive.” She said. “Tell me more,” I answered.



Jenni went on…“She doesn’t always look you straight in the eye when you’re talking to her, especially when she’s in a group. When she talks, she sounds so unsure. Like she’s asking a question with every statement, and she can be hard to hear and understand. She slumps when she sits and fidgets with anything in front of her. She talks around a topic versus getting straight to the point, even when her point is an excellent one. When a teammate interrupts, she gets flustered and lets the other person take over. Alex, I want her on this team. I know she is smart. What can we do to help her show up the way she needs to, no matter who


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she’s in front of? How do we get her to communicate with confidence? ” Does this sound familiar to you? Maybe you’ve been the Christine or the Jenni in this story. You’ve experienced the challenges of communicating effectively at work or wanted to help someone who’s struggling with their communication. When Christine came to see me, she was honest about her struggles and eager to improve her communication. Christine and I quickly determined three areas she needed to address in order to be seen as a confident, clear and commanding

communicator – her body language, speech and message (her words and how she uses them).

BODY LANGUAGE We started with her body language first. Christine had three significant issues with her body language: lack of eye contact, poor posture and extraneous body movements (fidgeting).

LACK OF EYE CONTACT Making good eye contact is essential for building trust and rapport with others.

Christine knew this; however, she was uncomfortable with looking others in the eye when she didn’t feel sure about what she was saying. We worked on this by having her first practice good eye contact in low-risk situations (e.g. asking for help at the grocery store) and gradually working up to people within her company that were more challenging for her. She would make it a point to seek these people out for simple conversations (low risk) and practice good eye contact. This helped her feel more comfortable looking at them when the stakes were higher (e.g. at important meetings with challenging or controversial topics).

POOR POSTURE Christine’s poor posture gave the impression that she either wasn’t interested or didn’t feel good about herself. We identified high power poses like standing with arms on hips, sitting squarely in her chair with shoulders back and set reminders on her phone for her to regularly check her posture, even when she was alone, to help her further develop good posture habits.

FIDGETING Christine admitted to being a “fidgety,” high-energy person. A couple of simple tweaks like removing distracting jewelry,

placing paper clips, folders, etc. slightly out of reach during meetings and having a colleague silently cue her when she was fidgeting and not aware did the trick! SPEECH (how she said her words) Christine, like many women and men I work with, had a major issue with her speech known as up talking, also known as “up speech, valley girl talk, and rising intonation.” Whatever you call it, you know it when you hear it. The person who up talks, ends many statements like they are questions with a rising intonation at the end. The result? Whoever is listening is likely to perceive the up talker as being doubtful and lacking confidence about what they’re saying, as Jenni felt about Christine. How did we fix it? The first step with Christine was to make her aware. We defined what it was and had her listen to recordings of herself talking so she could identify how she sounded when she was up talking. Then we practiced correcting up talking in conversations. Whenever I caught her up talking, she’d go back and repeat her last statement, focusing on ending the statement without rising intonation. When she was confident doing that, I had her find a colleague she was comfortable with and ask her to give her a silent cue (e.g., a tap under the table) when she heard her up talking. Christine would correct herself at the

Making good eye contact is essential for building trust and rapport with others... work on this by practicing good eye contact in low-risk situations and gradually work up to people within your company. moment and move on. It didn’t take long for her to get rid of the habit (and quickly become annoyed when she noticed others up talking).

MESSAGING The last part of our work together addressed her messaging. We focused intently on the words she was using, how they were helping or hurting her message, and how to assert her message in meetings and conversations. We addressed two major concepts: 1. Fillers, weak phrases and qualifiers 2. Assertiveness



TOP 20 FILLERS, PHRASES, AND QUALIFIERS TO AVOID: Really Very Just Am I right? Um Literally Like Actually I just wanted to

FILLERS, WEAK PHRASES, AND QUALIFIERS Christine used a lot of fillers such as “like, um, so, just” when she spoke. Instead of being direct with a statement, she would “talk” around the issue. She would say things like, “I’m no expert…” or,“If it wouldn’t be too much to ask…” Again, once I brought this to her attention, she was able to start monitoring her use of these phrases. She moved away from phrases like, “If you don’t mind, I’d just like to share with you some of my thoughts about the new program initiative.” And started using phrases like, “My thoughts on the new program initiative are...”

I think So If you don’t mind Might I’ll try Could Possibly I’m no expert I might be way off Sorry Maybe this is dumb


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ASSERTIVENESS Christine needed to be able to assert herself confidently when a colleague or client interrupted her or dominated the conversation. This is what I encouraged her to do. She would wait for her colleague or client to take a breath (they have to eventually) before she’d start to speak. She would say their name (we’re wired to listen for our names, so this immediately gets the other person’s attention) and then make the point she had been trying to or needed to make. It sounded like, “Sally, I appreciate your thoughts on this, and I’d like to add…” or, “Mike, that’s a good thought, hold it for a

The communication strategies I used with Christine work for everyone. It’s important to note that we set the tone and model for each other what great communication looks and sounds like... take a look at your communication and to try out some of these techniques for yourself. moment and let me explain xyz before we go any further.” Christine now had a way into conversations and was glad it did not feel pushy or aggressive. What was the result of our work together? By the end of our time together, Christine felt significantly more confident and in charge of her communication. She

learned what was getting in the way of her communicating effectively and what to do about it. She enjoyed sharing and demonstrating what she’d learned with others, inspiring others at work to pay closer attention to how they were communicating. Jenni noticed too, was thrilled with her progress, and was ready to have her join in on high stakes meetings without reservations. The communication strategies I used with Christine work for everyone. It’s important to note that we set the tone and model for each other what great communication looks and sounds like. I’m challenging you to take a look at your communication and try out some of these techniques for yourself.

Alexandra Rufatto-Perry is the founder of Practically Speaking, LLC where she helps executives, professionals and public speakers craft captivating messages, deliver top-notch presentations and communicate effectively in their workplaces.




3 1. Western Pennsylvania Alumnae Chapter Members of the chapter and their guests attended the Pittsburgh Alumnae Panhellenic scholarship luncheon and fashion show. 2. Northern  Virginia Alumnae Chapter Chapter members Illysa Schrager, QG, Jenny Rowello, AG, and Angela Petro, NN, volunteered at the Northern Virginia Polar Plunge.


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4 3. Greater  Topeka Area Alumnae Chapter, KS The chapter hosted a casual social gathering for members to connect with others in the area and learn more about the chapter’s upcoming events.

4. Epsilon Kappa Chapter, Millersville University, PA During the chapter’s fundraiser, McKenna JoAnn Ryan writes thank you notes to the local businesses who donated items to be raffled. The chapter hosted a scrapbooking fundraiser to raise money for the S. June Smith Center.




7 5. Beta Nu Chapter, Murray State University, KY Chapter members Emily Weber and Katey Lindenmeyer decorate cards with children at the annual Toys for Tots holiday dinner. The chapter sponsored 85 children from the local community by providing them with a meal and presents.

8 6. Delta Gamma Chapter, West Chester University, PA Member Emily Freese had the special opportunity to be sponsored by her mother, Christine Freese Eppinger, EK, during the Sanctuary Degree Service. 7. Zeta  Nu Chapter, Moravian College, PA The chapter held a kickball tournament to raise money for the S. June Smith Center.

8. Beta Upsilon Chapter, Indiana State University The chapter was awarded the President’s Cup, the top fraternal honor on campus. The award is based on the chapter’s GPA, service and charitable giving efforts, alumnae engagement and recruitment. This is the second year in a row the chapter received the President’s Cup.




11 9. Theta  Xi Chapter, University of Texas at El Paso Ariana Campos, Julia Alvarez, Isabel Acosta and Alyssa Contreras work together to clean up a local canal during Project Move, a campuswide community service event where student organizations completed various service projects in the local community.


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12 10. Beta Lambda Chapter, University of Central Arkansas The chapter volunteered at a local nursing home for the Ms. Stone Bridge pageant to recognize a resident. 11. Beta Epsilon Chapter, James Madison University, VA Chapter members Katie Finguerra, Maggie Bull and Brooke Mincey pose together during the chapter’s MADDness

basketball tournament. The event hosted more than 50 teams and raised money for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. 12. Beta Theta Chapter, Central Michigan University Allison Green and Kourtney Bonk enjoy a Valentine’s Day themed sisterhood event.



16 13. Epsilon  Phi Chapter, Indiana University The Polar Plunge mascot, costumed Katherine Carlton, hugs Megan Wagoner at the university’s Polar Plunge, hosted by the chapter. 14. Theta Delta Chapter, University of Alaska-Anchorage The chapter sponsored an event called Little Black Dress Doesn’t Mean Yes to raise awareness about consent and sexual assault. Chapter member Amelia Smith


17 was one of four community leaders to present at the event. Amelia used her experience as a campus peer health educator to speak on the importance of bystander training and why consent is important to talk about. Eta Chapter, DePaul University, IL 15. Delta  After taking the plunge, Morgan Taylor, Carina Smith, Eryn Fleenor and Abby Yimer huddle together for warmth at the Chicago Polar Plunge.

16. Eta Eta Chapter, Pittsburg State University, KS Chapter members volunteered with young girls at a Princess for a Day event. 17. Zeta Omicron, Muskingum University, MN Emily Gentry and Marissa Schafer get crafty with face paint during the chapter’s Galentines Party.



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Phi Phi Chapter, Northwest Missouri State University Regan King, FF, was recently crowned Tower Queen by the Blue Key and Cardinal Key honor societies. The Tower King and Queen program recognizes NMSU students who excel academically while exhibiting high involvement at NMSU and in the Maryville community.

Theta Beta Chapter, Roanoke College, VA Lindsey Baxter, QB, recently broke Roanoke College’s pole vaulting record of 10’10” with a jump of 11’6”. Lindsey was also selected as the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) athlete of the week twice and placed first at the ODAC championship.


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Beta Nu Chapter, Murray State University Sarah Stellhorn, BN, was crowned Ms. Murrary State University. Sarah was nominated by her chapter to compete in the scholarship pageant and was chosen out of 40 nominees as one of the 15 contestants to compete. The pageant consisted of multiple interview rounds, a speech and an evening gown competition.

Alpha Chapter, Longwood University, VA Dr. Jane Richardson Taylor, A, committed $1 million to establish an early childhood development center at Longwood University. The Andy Taylor Center for Early Childhood Development is committed to providing cutting-edge early childhood education to children of Longwood faculty and staff as well as community members not affiliated with the university. The center practices the Reggio Emilia method of instruction, which encourages children to explore their environment and express themselves in a variety of ways, including through art, drama, dance and sculpture.

Theta Delta Chapter, University of Alaska-Anchorage Lyndea Kelleher, QD, was selected as the student commencement speaker at UAA’s spring commencement. Lyndea is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in philosophy.

Theta Upsilon Chapter, Boise State University, ID Sarah Massingale, QU, was recently crowned Miss Idaho Earth United States 2018. The Miss Earth United States pageant is centered on environmental issues and awareness and gives women the opportunity to be leaders, role models and environmental advocates in their communities. Sarah will represent Idaho as she competes for the Miss Earth United States title this July in Washington DC.

Theta Alpha Chapter, Coe College, IA Anne Atkins, QA, recently had the opportunity to gain real-world international experience by observing the 68th session of Working Group II of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) at U.N. headquarters in New York City.




ach year, the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation offers an opportunity for alumnae members to receive monetary assistance for personal or professional development through the Career Enhancement Grant. The grant is designed to fund non-credit courses, seminars and programs that allow the alumna to grow in her current career field. The Career Enhancement Grant application and additional information can be found at Mary Kate Metzger, ZC, recently received a Career Enhancement Grant to strengthen her professional development in her role as an Admissions Advisor for Buffalo State College. The grant is funding a portion of her current participation in Leadership Buffalo, an experiential learning program which increases knowledge of community issues, broadens participant vision and enhances the individual and collective ability to lead. “The Career Enhancement Grant has given me the opportunity to participate in a year-long leadership program that explores the challenges, concepts, complexity and practice of leadership around critical issues facing my community. Through collaboration, community awareness and civic engagement, I will use the city as my classroom. I look forward to broadening my knowledge of the Buffalo-Niagara region and will utilize this opportunity as a recruitment tool to influence current and prospective students who show the potential to be future leaders. I sincerely appreciate the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation and its donors for their commitment and investment in my personal and professional growth. Their generosity has allowed me to further educate myself as a servant leader and continue my development


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as a woman of poise and purpose. The impact will go well beyond the length of this program. The Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation has fostered my continued involvement in our organization. As a Foundation alumnae ambassador, I seek to promote its mission to inspire members to engage in lifelong learning and service. Through initiatives, such as the Region Volunteer Development Weekend and keynote speakers at the national convention & leadership conference, I have connected with other like-minded women who share a common goal – to further the mission and vision of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority.”

You can continue to provide funding for Career Enhancement Grants and other alumnae program opportunities by make a donation to the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation today. Visit or MyASA to make your gift and impact more women like Mary Kate.


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Poise and Purpose �

The purpose, vision and values of Alpha Sigma Alpha served as a catalyst for developing my leadership style over my professional career. With a strong focus on balance, the sisterhood of Alpha Sigma Alpha taught me to place an emphasis on intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development in my life. Serving as an elementary school principal has been a lifelong passion. Leading a school is not only about test scores, high attendance rates and low discipline data. It is about building relationships, creating a culture of kind and empathetic individuals and empowering others to focus on being their personal best. Our greatest responsibility is supporting the social, emotional and academic development of our future; and I take that role very seriously. When I began focusing on the true meaning of leadership, everything else started falling into place. I am a woman of poise and purpose due to the strong foundation I received as a college student through Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority. I am honored to represent an organization that empowers young women to develop into role models with strong character and a focus on concern for others."

Jill Frakes Schipp, DK Principal, Prairie Trace Elementary Carmel, IN

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Volume 104 | Issue 2

Phoenix of Alpha Sigma Alpha | Spring 2018  

Volume 104 | Issue 2