The Clara Project

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In 2019, Gamma Phi Beta introduced The Clara Project, a series of long-distance learning opportunities for members seeking to enhance their board-level competencies and develop high-level leadership skills.

The Clara Project represents new leadership development and educational opportunities for our alumnae members, in addition to preparing interested members for high-level committee and board service inside and outside of Gamma Phi Beta. This commitment to our members represents our desire to continue to empower, educate and support the leaders of today’s – and tomorrow’s – Gamma Phi Beta.

Over five sessions, participants in The Clara Project will engage in online educational modules, one-on-one coaching, small group work, self-assessments and a book review all while gaining exposure to current and past Gamma Phi Beta leaders and current International Council initiatives.  

Who can participate?  

Any alumna member in good standing (current on payment of annual international alumnae dues or a Life Loyal member) is welcome to apply. We are seeking alumnae members who are familiar with non-profit volunteer and board service who want to enhance their leadership skills as they look to future volunteer and board level service in Gamma Phi Beta. Of course, leadership skills gained through The Clara Project will also be applicable to a member’s professional endeavors and volunteer service outside of Gamma Phi Beta.

The Clara Project is not open to collegiate members. We encourage our collegiate leaders to learn more about leadership opportunities like the REAL Leadership Experience and REAL Leadership Conferences, in addition to speaking to their collegiate chapter executive councils and chapter advisors about leadership opportunities in their chapters and on their campuses.  

Am I a good candidate for this program? If you meet more than one of these criteria, you may be a good candidate for The Clara Project!

  • I can demonstrate skills and experiences that support current Sorority needs.
  • I am familiar with and have an established network within Gamma Phi Beta.
  • I feel that I could serve within the next two to four years in a leadership role for the organization.
  • I have significant outside leadership development experiences.

When and where does the Clara Project take place?

The Clara Project is exclusively long-distance and virtual training provided monthly between January and April 2021.

Meeting Times

  • Thursday, January 14, 2021
  • Thursday, February 4, 2021
  • Thursday, February 25, 2021
  • Thursday, March 18, 2021
  • Thursday, April 8, 2021

All sessions begin at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET and will last 60-75 minutes, with the first session expected to last 90 minutes.

Anyone interested must be able to commit to all session dates as the success of the program relies on group interaction and participation. We estimate a total time commitment of 20 hours throughout the course of the program, in addition to time to read assigned book selection. 

How do I apply?  

The application deadline is October 30, 2020. Participants will be notified of their acceptance in December 2020. Space is limited and final participation will be determined by a selection committee. 


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How can I share this info?

If you know an alumna sister who is a great candidate, refer her using the following button. And, of course, you can simply share this webpage!



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What if the dates don't work for me?

You can wait to apply for a future session of The Clara Project (offered up to three times a year) or you can access the curriculum on your own. While you won’t get the benefit of small group discussions or one-on-one coaching, you can still access all the content so you can learn at a pace that fits your schedule!