This summer, Tri Delta took LEADDD—our one-day professional and leadership development conference—virtual!
LEADDD Online, held on July 10, featured best-selling author and communications expert AmyK Hutchens who challenged attendees to live their lives one conversation at a time with her keynote “GET IT: Master Your Communication, Master Your Life.”
Leading as Women
As AmyK believes, women leaders who hone their communication skills are better decision makers, problem solvers, collaborators, and they reach and exceed their goals faster. She shared practical tools, techniques and tips for crafting conversations that produce profitable results. AmyK’s keynote was followed by the launch of her premier course “GET IT! Effective Communication” on LEADDDer.org, open to all dues-paying Tri Deltas.
Pamela Harless, Southern Methodist, Founder and CEO of Collective Confidence, provided practical insight on how women can quiet their inner critics and own their authentic voice in her live workshop session. By sharing her own personal leadership story, she guided attendees in answering the question, “Who am I to Lead?”
Meanwhile, motivational psychologist and executive coach Dr. Ann Vertel, Villanova, shared the importance of “Leading Like a Woman” with insights from her time as a U.S. Naval Officer and how those experiences, both positive and negative, shaped her perspective on what it means to lead with grit and grace. She helped attendees assess their own self-leadership skills, expecting the best from themselves and others, while looking at leadership from a whole new angle.
In addition to the live keynote sessions, throughout the day, attendees were able to select live or on-demand workshops on topics ranging from professionalism to finance to mental health and wellness. They also had the opportunity to participate in “Empower Hour” virtual networking groups where they could “ask an expert” questions on a given topic.
As part of LEADDD Online, Tri Delta hosted its first two LEADDD Now: Conversations on Racism. Kimberlee Sullivan’s conversation with Dr. Diane Petersen, Tri Delta’s first Black member was emotional, yet hopeful. And two young alumnae Sisters of Color—Lexi Leggs, Millikin, and Sabur Woldu, Texas/Dallas—were wise beyond their years in discussing Tri Delta’s place today and where our journey will be taking us. Watch or listen to these or the latest LEADDD Now: Conversations on Racism.
Tri Delta Today
To close the day, Fraternity President Kimberlee Di Fede Sullivan updated attendees (and those watching live on Facebook) on all things Tri Delta in a state of the fraternity-type address called Tri Delta Today. Kimberlee highlighted the successes of the past Biennium and outlined the work to be done ahead, including introducing Tri Delta’s LEADDD Now plan to create an equitable and inclusive lifetime membership experience.
She closed by reminding attendees of the following: “I leave you today with one of the first things we are told as members of Tri Delta. The wearing of this badge does not give you the right to feel in any way superior, but it does give others the right to expect great things of you. Tri Delta, I expect great things of you and I know you can live up to and exceed these expectations the world has for us.”
Stay up to date on the latest LEADDD events at tridelta.org/leaddd.