The Phi Gamma Delta Magazine - Spring 2020

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5Jade Metcalf (Washington State 1992) presenting the Courageous Leadership Pursuing Excellence session

2020 Fiji Academy

Leaders Challenged to Run Their Own Race


he 2020 Fiji Academy was held January 3-5, 2020, bringing undergraduate and graduate leaders back to the historic St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri. This annual leadership training prepared our brothers to “Lead with Courage” to make a positive impact on their campus and community.

1 By the Numbers 2020 had a strong showing, with 645 brothers and guests in attendance. This included: • Undergraduates: 504 from 146 chapters and colonies • Chapters/Colonies With 3+ Delegates: 47 (Kansas State sent 11 brothers; Auburn and Bucknell both sent 7 brothers!) • Graduates: 111 (Including 53 Purple Legionnaires and 26 Section Chiefs)

2 Pursuing Excellence The 2020 Fiji Academy kicked off with the Pursuing Excellence sessions, providing early



arrivals with personal and professional development opportunities outside of their core officer and advisor responsibilities. On Friday afternoon, more than 450 brothers attended these sessions on topics such as career development, leadership development, judicial board training, diversity & inclusion, mental health, crisis communication, Fraternity history, and living our values. Concurrent with these sessions, new Purple Legionnaires gathered to learn about their new role from Section Chiefs and experienced Purple Legionnaires.

3 Opening Banquet The event’s first large group opportunity was the Opening Banquet on Friday evening. Longtime

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