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Leadership Institute

Pi Beta Phi Leadership Institute 2018


July 12-15, 2018 and July 16-19, 2018    

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Registration for Pi Beta Phi Leadership Institute has closed. All registrants have been informed of their session assignments via email. 

Event Details

About Pi Beta Phi Leadership Institute

The vision of Pi Beta Phi Leadership Institute is to develop confident women leaders who contribute to making the impossible the inevitable. Pi Beta Phi Leadership Institute was created for Pi Phi collegians that are interested in growing their leadership skills. Participants do not have to be chapter officers or even aspire to be a chapter officer, but rather have a desire to exemplify the Pi Beta Phi vision, mission and core values as leaders in their chapter, on their campus and in their communities as well as their personal and professional endeavors.  

In this three-day experience, our objective is to encourage Pi Phis to identify their talents and help participants develop a plan so they can serve the world as resilient women leaders.  

“This weekend, I learned how to be the most effective leader that I can be. This encompasses so many things from knowing how to effectively cast a vision, to using my personal strengths to lead people and accomplish my goals, to generally being a better leader by storytelling and motivating my audience to be interested in what I have to say. I learned so many simple, yet effective, details that will have such an impact on the way I communicate and interact with people moving forward. This weekend was not just a conference where you sit and listen and take notes — this was a weekend of reflection, discussion, interaction and collaboration. This weekend was one of the most impactful and inspiring leadership movements that I’ve been a part of, and I’ve attended plenty of leadership trainings before.” Tennessee Delta Sara Stremmer   

Who Should Attend Pi Beta Phi Leadership Institute?

Any Pi Beta Phi collegian that wants to develop a strong inner voice and is prepared to take action, speak up and make a difference should attend Pi Beta Phi Leadership Institute. Not only will you will make new lifelong friends, but you will also challenge yourself, develop new skills and strengthen skills you already had.

“I think what is most special about Pi Beta Phi Leadership Institute is that it is designed especially for women. It goes beyond being a Pi Phi or even being a college woman; the program challenges the fundamental expectations and socialization of women — and that is something I have never experienced before.” California Eta Vanessa Hsia  

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Location and Dates

We are excited to offer two sessions this year! Pi Beta Phi Leadership Institute will be held in July 12-15 and July 16-19, 2018 on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.   

Washington University in St. Louis  
1 Brookings Drive  
St. Louis, Missouri 63130
Phone: (314) 935-5000

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Pi Beta Phi Leadership Institute Agenda

Click here to download a copy of the Session One agenda.

Click here to download a copy of the Session Two agenda.   

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Small Group Facilitators

Pi Beta Phi Leadership Institute participants will be broken into small groups to discuss the themes presented throughout the event. The following women have applied and been selected to serve in this capacity:

Session 1: Thursday, July 12 – Sunday July 15   Session 2: Monday July 16 – Thursday, July 19  

Fran DeSimone Becque, New York Alpha
Hannah Capaci, Tennessee Delta
Emily Carney, Arizona Beta
Julie Carney, Texas Beta
Jessica Chavez, New Mexico Alpha
Missy Roma Dorsey, Connecticut Alpha
Amy Strickland Dreller, Arizona Beta
Lindsey Germono Glodt, Virginia Delta
Carly Miller Giesbrecht, Alberta Alpha
Lori Poveromo Haight, Virginia Eta
Alexis Karwoski, Indiana Delta
Caitlin Pierce Kissee, Missouri Gamma
Heather Kuebel, New York Eta
Kristi Hanlon Marsh, Illinois Zeta
Kathleen Meriano, New York Eta
Mimi Mudd, Virginia Eta
Ashley Pieper, Michigan Alpha
Jenn Plagman-Galvin, Iowa Gamma
Sarah Pupillo, Florida Delta
Leah Bernhardson Reimschisel, Michigan Alpha
Tina Rivard, Pennsylvania Theta
Stephanie Schroeder, Illinois Eta
Betsy Beese Sheridan, Texas Gamma
Harper Whitten Spencer, Florida Beta
Mary Loy Tatum, Oklahoma Beta
Leigh Thiedeman, Iowa Gamma

Leanne Abushar, Michigan Gamma
Jessie Ashton, Alabama Beta
Brenda Butler, Nebraska Beta
Oriana Bertucci, Ontario Gamma
Jill Mackey Carrel, Indiana Gamma
Schabahn Straughan Day, Oregon Beta
Candace Turner Dressler, Alberta Alpha
Katie Smith Elwell, Kansas Beta
Kathy Wager Ewing, Alabama Gamma
Nyamal Guet, Alberta Alpha
Anne Herold, Georgia Beta
Marnie Lee, Alberta Alpha
Sarah ("Sis") Mullis, South Carolina Alpha
Missy Reams, Iowa Eta
Debra Jackowniak Scarlett, Illinois Alpha
Jessica French Steed, Ontario Alpha
Nancy Strine, South Carolina Alpha
Mary Collar Wall, South Carolina Alpha
Sara Stemmer, Tennessee Delta

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How to Register

Registration is now closed.   


Canceling or Changing a Registration

A completed registration is only good for the registrant named. Should a registrant be no longer able to attend, her registration should be canceled. The attendee fee will be refunded for registrations canceled prior to 5 p.m. CST May 8. Registrations are non-transferable, meaning a “replacement” registrant may not be substituted for an existing registrant. In the event of a registration cancelation, the open registration spot will be filled by the next registrant, which may include wait-listed registrants. Unlike the process for previous events, the Fraternity is unable to register a “proxy” registrant.

Registration Refunds

The Fraternity is unable to offer refunds after May 8, 2018, at 5 p.m. CST.

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Travel and Event Logistics

Arrival and Departure Times

Session One, July 12-15:
All attendees must arrive on the Washington University in St. Louis campus and be checked-in no later than 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 12. The program will begin promptly at 5 p.m. On Sunday, July 15, sessions will conclude at noon. Please book travel for no earlier than 2 p.m. 

Session Two, July 16-19:
All attendees must arrive on the Washington University in St. Louis campus and be checked-in no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, July 16. The program will begin promptly at 5 p.m. On Thursday, July 19, sessions will conclude at noon. Please book travel for no earlier than 2 p.m. 

Pi Beta Phi Leadership Institute Check-In and Check-Out

Check-in begins at 2 p.m.

Lodging and Meals

The Fraternity will make lodging accommodations on your behalf. Attendees will be staying in residence hall suites on the Washington University campus. When registering, you must select to either share a room with a member from your chapter or that you prefer to meet a new sister, which means you will be paired with another Pi Beta Phi Leadership Institute attendee. Headquarters staff will do their best to accommodate your request, however we are unable to guarantee a roommate request.

For Session One, meals are provided Thursday dinner through Sunday breakfast. For Session Two, meals are provided Monday dinner through Thursday breakfast. 

Linen packages consisting of two bed sheets, one pillow, one blanket, two bath towels, two washcloths and two soaps are provided upon check-in. Remember to pack all necessary toiletries including shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush and toothpaste as well as a hair dryer. Click here to download a handy packing list!     

In-room Wi-Fi is provided to you at no charge.  

Air Travel

Participants are encouraged to book air travel through Travel Leaders. Please call (800) 627–9258 and ask to speak with Debbie.

Ground Transportation

Ground transportation is provided by the Fraternity through Go BEST Express. Dedicated shuttles will run every half hour from 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Participants arriving prior to 2:30 p.m. may wait at the airport for shuttle service (there are several meal options) or may, at their own cost for ground transportation (taxi service), visit Pi Beta Phi Headquarters. Please follow the instructions below for the shuttle:

Terminal 1 (All airlines except Southwest Airlines): Please find the Pi Beta Phi airport greeters in the baggage claim level near Bag Claim 6 and the USO outside the A Concourse. There will be a table with Pi Beta Phi signage.

Terminal 2 (Southwest Airlines): Please find the Pi Beta Phi airport greeters in the baggage claim level in between Exit 12 and Exit 14. There will be a table with Pi Beta Phi signage.

Ground transportation from campus back to the airport will leave campus at noon. For information regarding late arrivals, please see the participant confirmation email.

Driving Directions

Washington University in St. Louis offers driving directions on their website. To park on campus, attendees must purchase a parking pass for $5 per day though the registration website. Washington University does not sell parking passes to individual attendees. Those driving should request a parking pass at the time of registering for Pi Beta Phi Leadership Institute or contact events@pibetaphi.org.

Appropriate Dress

Dress will be casual. Jeans and T-shirts are acceptable and many activities will require participants to physically engage. Participants are asked to refrain from wearing gym or lounge attire. Please note that outdoor temperatures in St. Louis in July will be hot and humid, while temperatures inside the meeting facility may be cool. Bringing a cardigan or sweatshirt may be advisable.

Confirmation Materials

Confirmation materials for will be sent in early July 2018 to the email address of each registrant on file with the Fraternity.

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Please direct questions to events@pibetaphi.org or call Pi Beta Phi Headquarters at (636) 256–0680.

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