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2016 Leadership Institute PR Story

Pi Beta Phi Hosts Inaugural Leadership Institute for College Students

Published On: 2016-08-03

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Pi Beta Phi Hosts Inaugural Leadership Institute for College Students  

ST. LOUIS – August 3, 2016 – More than 200 collegians attended Pi Beta Phi’s first-ever Leadership Institute July 21–24, 2016, at Washington University in St. Louis. The vision of Pi Beta Phi Leadership Institute is to develop confident women leaders who contribute to making the impossible the inevitable.

“Four years ago Pi Beta Phi cast a vision, and it was to create an opportunity for our members to cultivate their leadership potential,” said Vice President Programming Marla Wulf. “This year, Pi Beta Phi's Leadership Institute became reality. I truly believe the participants discovered skills and strengths they didn’t know they had. They developed a strong inner voice and are prepared to take action, to speak up and to make a difference. Because of Pi Beta Phi Leadership Institute, they now have the knowledge and tools to be confident women leaders.”

During this three-day experience, participants explored, investigated, dreamed and examined a simple model of being a leader during collegiate years and well into the future.

“This weekend taught me how to be a better member of society and how to be a better version of my own self,” said Alexis Cohen, a Pi Beta Phi collegian from The Ohio State University. “I was surrounded by women who care about others and want to make a change. The only way to describe it is magical. The bravery the women around me displayed, some younger than I and some older, made me feel safe and protected. I opened up to them without even knowing their names. I made connections through past hardships and learned new ways to build my own confidence through them and their experiences.”

Pi Beta Phi was honored to partner with Erin Fischer, owner and CEO of The Leadership and Training Studio, to develop and lead the program. Under the guidance of 32 small group facilitators, participants were also divided into “Think Tank” groups to discuss the themes throughout the weekend.

“These women will change the world,” said small group facilitator Alex Roark, a Pi Beta Phi alumna from the University of New Mexico. “They are strong, resilient, inspiring and passionate, and I can't wait to watch them make the impossible the inevitable. Pi Beta Phi's Leadership Institute is a game changer!”

About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi has installed 204 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae clubs worldwide. Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. The Fraternity believes in the power of reading and through its philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve®, promotes a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential. For more information, visit www.pibetaphi.org or follow Pi Phi on Twitter and Facebook.