MEET GRAND COUNCIL AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RECEPTION
Kick off Convention with a meet and greet with Fraternity leaders. Don’t miss your chance to make new connections, hear from Pi Phi leaders and enjoy being back in-person for convention.
There’s nothing quite like a Pi Beta Phi Convention! Join hundreds of Pi Phi sisters as we celebrate Friendship True and the ties that bind our sisterhood. During this meal, we will recognize Pi Beta Phi International Officers and the 2022 Alumnae Excellence In Award winners.
Michelle Poler, a passionate fear-facer, author and entrepreneur will kick off our 74th Biennial Convention with a humorous, refreshing and inspiring keynote that will change your perception of fear and energize you to take action. Her keynote will identify and capitalize growth opportunities and how to navigate universal, cultural and personal fears. Michelle's work has been featured by the TODAY Show, Forbes, CBS, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Mashable and many more. Michelle has been featured on the Modern Hero series celebrating incredible women defying the odds, shattering glass ceilings and making a difference in their careers and the world.
FOUNDATION PRESIDENTS RECEPTION
Sisters and friends who support Pi Beta Phi Foundation are invited to a reception to celebrate their support of our sisterhood.
OPENING GENERAL SESSION
The business of Convention 2023 will begin in earnest with the Opening General Session, including the State of the Fraternity, a legislative preview and presentations of charters to chapters and clubs established since we last gathered in 2019.
FRIENDS AND LEADERS FOR LIFE LUNCH
This luncheon will include a spotlight on some of our sisterhood’s greatest friends and leaders, including an introduction to the 2023 Members of Distinction.
The afternoon general session includes many of the business items which have brought us together biennially for more than 150 years. Members will vote on legislation, the election of officers and hear an update from Grand Council’s Meeting Ritual Research Committee.
DINNER BY CHAPTER
It's time for one of the favorite events at every convention—Dinner by Chapter! Members are invited to sit with their fellow chapter sisters to share stories and celebrate that special bond we share with sisters from our chapters. The evening will also include the beloved Banner Parade, award presentations and recognition of the Balfour Cup honorees.
LATE-NIGHT SISTERHOOD EVENT
The fun doesn’t stop after dinner! Join your sisters for fun and friendship (more details to be announced).
FOUNDATION MAY LANSFIELD KELLER BREAKFAST
Members of the Evelyn Peters Kyle and Marianne Reid Wild Giving Societies are invited to spend the morning together in appreciation of their steadfast support of our sisterhood.
Initiated members are invited to participate in the Initiation ceremony of our newest alumnae members. Grand President Lisa Gamel Scott will preside over the ceremony. All white attire and shoes are mandatory for all attendees.
As we gather again in sisterhood, we will also take the opportunity to remember and recognize those sisters who are no longer with us. Carnations will represent those sisters who have passed since 2019 as we remember the Friendships True which are now in the eternal bonds of sisterhood. While white attire is not required, you’ll find is easiest to remain in white for this event. Following the Memorial Service, you’ll have a short period to change into other pin attire should you wish.
After a morning of cherished Pi Phi traditions, continue the spirit of appreciation with recognition of past award winners, new award presentations and a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Cookie Shine.
CLOSING GENERAL SESSION
The business portion of Convention will come to a close with a keynote and the announcement of the 2023-2025 elected Fraternity officers.
CLOSING GENERAL SESSION KEYNOTE
Ohio Alpha Regan Walsh will deliver a heart-to-heart keynote to help you gain momentum in both your professional and personal life. She'll tackle habits that can hold us back, how to ask for what you want (and deserve), the importance of setting boundaries, the weight of the invisible load and how to make it lighter, and how to dial up guts over fear and live the life of your dreams. Regan is an NYU-certified executive coach and human development expert with a focus on helping people who are overprogrammed and underwhelmed to reclaim their lives, both personally and professionally. She contributes to Harvard Business Review and Forbes, and has been featured in Fast Company, NBC.com, Today and Real Simple.
Members are invited to continue the celebration of the newly elected 2023-2025 Fraternity leadership.
WINE CARNATION BANQUET
The wine carnation signifies the love shared by Pi Phi sisters, and that spirit will fill the room during the Wine Carnation Banquet. Tonight’s dinner will include the installation of the 2023-2025 Grand Council, additional award presentations and the announcement of the 2025 Convention location!
LEADERSHIP AND LITERACY EXPERIENCE
This full-day experience will focus on developing the future impact of our sisterhood through individual leadership and literacy service. We’ll kick things off on Monday with an immersive leadership experience facilitated by leadership and training coach and longtime friend of Pi Phi Erin Fischer. Attendees will be inspired to identify their passions and outline small steps toward their goals, both personal and professional. Attendees will be encouraged to determine their strengths, develop their confidence and dream big about the future all while building connections with support from sisters. We’ll end the day by highlighting the past 110 years of Pi Phi’s literacy commitment. Members are invited to help cast a vision and share ideas for the next 100 years of literacy service.
MEET ERIN FISCHER
Erin has spoken in 46 states, recruited in Hungary, volunteered in Hawaii, taught in Brazil and has been on stages with thousands of people in the audience all with the focus of developing people and building teams and communities.
Erin considers herself a leadership nerd on a mission to help teams and individuals excel at what they do. Her forum is the stage, but her focus is super-cognitive skills. She wants to support the growth of people by giving them time to think, reflect and gain new knowledge. She loves the idea of challenging people and being challenged herself, and she LIVES for the ‘aha’ moment – both yours and her's.