Confident Women of Character Series

The Confident Women of Character Series is is an exclusive benefit for international alumnae dues payers and Life Loyal members by providing monthly webinars around Gamma Phi Beta’s member competencies. These virtual seminars allow members to share their passions with fellow sisters, using their expertise to inspire conversation and connection with women at all stages of life.

Whether you are just graduating or are looking to retire from a career, there’s something in our series for you. Pay your international alumnae dues or join Life Loyal today so that you can participate in the upcoming webinars!

For questions about the Confident Women of Character Series, email Alumnae Engagement Manager Natalie Pearson. For questions about international alumnae dues and Life Loyal, email Marketing Coordinator Tori Peckarsky

Upcoming Webinars

Creating a Debt Paydown Plan
May 13, 2021, at 6 p.m. MT
In Partnership with You Need a Budget

Looking to learn better budgeting strategies that will help you take control of your money and reach your financial goals? You Need A Budget will take us through their Four Rules to get started and discuss how to create a debt paydown plan. We’ll review what you should focus on first and how to decide how much you can afford to budget toward debt.

Gamma Phi Beta has partnered with You Need a Budget (YNAB), an award-winning budgeting software that teaches you how to manage your money and get ahead for good. You Need a Budget is a proactive system. It requires you to be forward-looking and intentional about every dollar; it requires you to be aware, but in return, you’ll be in total control of your finances, and in doing so, your life.

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Building Holistic Resiliency
June 17, 2021, at 6 p.m. MT
Diedre McLeod (Purdue)

As we face new challenges or difficult events, it is important to use healthy strategies to build personal perseverance and mental well-being. Join this session to learn more about what is means to be “holistically resilient” and develop strategies to bounce back from obstacles you may face.

Deidre McLeod is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in Florida and licensed professional counselor (LPC) in South Carolina. Her background includes specialties in cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-informed therapy as well as sexual and domestic violence advocacy. Deidre holds a master’s degree in professional counseling from Southeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Florida.

Deidre is invested in mental health resiliency and healing from a holistic approach. She believes that addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of clients she serves is imperative to mental health well-being.  

Rewriting the Rules for Women After the Pandemic
July 15, 2021, at 6 p.m. MT
Shibani Joshi (Oklahoma)

Statistics show that the pandemic has particularly stretched women. Statistics from McKinsey & Company show that women with children were three times as likely as fathers to be responsible for the housework and childcare. With the return to normal, women are now contemplating how to return to work, pursuing career shifts and exploring risk-taking. How can life after the pandemic be a catalyst for positive change in our lives? How can we take the “good stuff” with us and rewrite the rules for our lives with these new learnings? 

Shibani Joshi is an experienced journalist who has covered business, technology and general news for global media outlets, including ABC News, Fox News Channel, Yahoo! Finance and Huffington Post. She provides commentary on business, technology and lifestyle topics and hosts events for leading corporations. Shibani’s journalistic experience also includes breaking news and field exposure, having covered the Bernard Madoff scandal, “Sully” Sullenberger and the US Airways “Miracle on the Hudson” and the death of Steve Jobs, profiling the icon’s life and accomplishments.

A strong advocate of education, Shibani also teaches at the University of Oklahoma, having developed a course entitled “Strategic Leadership Communications” for the University’s Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Additionally, she sits on the board of advisors for the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma and served as a trustee to The Children’s School in La Jolla, California.

Shibani is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her three children.

For Shibani’s full details, visit

Past Webinars

January 16, 2020, at 6 p.m. MT
January: It’s Not About Getting a Job, It’s About Getting a Life
Sara Orlino (Denver)
Getting a new job can be a full-time gig, so use your time wisely. In this webinar we will review steps to prepare your résumé, identify ways to intentionally network and connect and helpful resources to find your next job.

February 20, 2020, at 6 p.m. MT
Building Confidence through Professional Pivots
Panel Discussion
We often talk about career transitions, but what about professional pivots? These come as a result of personal changes impacting our professional lives or professional changes that make us grow personally. Hear from three Gamma Phi Betas on pivots they navigated and the confidence that followed.

  • Rachael Eddy (Florida State) Work and Motherhood: Pivots in Identity, Networks and Priorities
  • Fran Mayfield Stevenson (Kansas State): Pivot or Jump? Making an Industry Switch
  • Judy Graham (Oklahoma): Pivoting with Purpose: Transitioning to Retirement

March 19, 2020, at 6 p.m. MT
How to Take A Career Break Without Breaking Your Career
Tara Quinn (Berkeley), PCC, CPCC, CDC
Do you long to escape your cubicle, quit your job and travel the world on your own terms? If you’ve ever fantasized about your own adventurous escape from the corporate grind (but wondered how to take a break from work without damaging your career trajectory) this unique webinar is for you! Walk away with inspiration, best practices and action items for making your travel dreams and career aspirations come true.

April 16, 2020, at 6 p.m. MT
Setting Smart Financial Goals Might Just Make You a Millionaire
Crissy Buchanan Carlisle (Alabama-Tuscaloosa)
You don’t have to make six figures annually to become a millionaire. You just need to set smart financial goals and be disciplined with them. In this webinar, we explore how to create and manage a personal financial plan using priority-based, smart spending.

May 21, 2020, at 6 p.m. MT
Next Gen Real Estate: How to Survive the 2020 Real Estate Market
Sonya Striggles (Bridgewater State)
Interested in dipping a toe into the real estate waters this year as a buyer, seller or investor? In this webinar, we’ll dive in with strategies to ensure your real estate experience is rewarding and stress-free, no matter where live. From staging tips and loan programs to negotiation tactics that will make your offer shine, there’s something for everyone in this real estate survival seminar.

June 18, 2020, at 6 p.m. MT
Financial Wellness at Any Age
Sommer Morris (Alabama-Tuscaloosa)
Think of this as the financial version of GLAMOUR magazine’s iconic age issue. Learn tips to help you become more financially savvy and channel your inner, more confident, Wall Street Goddess. We will highlight key topics to address for your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50, 60s, 70s and beyond!

July 30, 2020, at 6 p.m. MT
Whiteness 101
Gamma Phi Beta’s Education Manager Jennifer Campfield
For many, conversations around race and racism can feel daunting and overwhelming. In Whiteness 101, we will explore what it means to be white, how whiteness shows up on a small and large scale and give you practical tools for continued personal growth. No prior experience or academic background needed! Simply bring yourself and a desire to learn as we have a night of authentic conversation.

August 20, 2020, at 6 p.m. MT
How to Promote Diversity and Inclusion at Work, With or Without the Job Title
Dori Farah (Oklahoma City)
Creating an inclusive workplace is everyone’s job. Whether you are interested in a formal role in diversity and inclusion or just wondering how you can contribute to a more inclusive work environment, this discussion on how to create meaningful change in your organization is for you.  

September 17, 2020, at 6 p.m. MT
Empower, Love, and Teach: Conversations with Children About Racism
Lynnette Phillips (North Dakota) and Maribeth Flakes (Bridgewater State)
Racism is a matter of the heart. How do we as adults, whether parental or part of the parenting community, have heartfelt conversations that empower others, demonstrate love and teach the next generations? This discussion is meant for anyone interacting with children to understand how to have meaningful, heartfelt and age-appropriate conversations about racism and the need for anti-racism. 

October 22, 2020, at 6 p.m. MT
Expanding on Microagressions
Harper Matthews (Pepperdine) and Selina Ruiz (Pepperdine)
You may have heard the term microagressions before, but do you know what it means or if you are using them? This session will explore microaggressions – what they are and how to take ownership of challenging microaggressions when we see them in our chapters and in our lives.

February 18, 2021, at 6 p.m. MT
Designing an Intentional Life
Joanne Meloro (Rutgers)
Life goes by seemingly at the speed of light, and if we don't stop to take notice of where we are we can find ourselves where we happen to be, which is not always what we thought we wanted or where we thought we would be at that moment in time. This session will provide attendees the steps and tools to begin to define what your vision is for your intentional life and figure out how the steps to make that vision your reality.

March 25, 2021, at 6 p.m. MT
How to Manifest Your Dream Life
Alice Hu (Boston)
Manifestation is more than just knowing what you want. It’s about understanding you are deserving and can create a different reality for yourself. The most important aspect of manifestation is energy. How are you showing up each day? What is your mood like? We’ll discuss what is manifestation, common roadblocks, how to cultivate your energy and other manifestation tips.

April 22, 2021, at 6 p.m. MT
Advancing Your Career Through Performance Evaluations
Jessica Aguirre (California State-Fullerton)
Performance evaluations are a great time to talk through opportunities for personal and professional growth. In this session, you will learn how you can successfully navigate this conversation, identify your strengths, advocate for yourself and more. If you are ready to take the next step in your job or wanting to show your team all you offer, this is for you!

Future Webinar Topics

Do you have a topic you would like to see presented or would you like to present? Email our Alumnae Engagement Manager Natalie Pearson. All webinars must align with Gamma Phi Beta’s member competencies and strategic priorities.