“Leaders are made, not born.” – Vince Lombardi
Last year Gamma Phi Beta held its first annual REAL Leadership Experience in Dallas, Texas, at Southern Methodist University. Thirty-two women were selected from more than 100 applicants to participate in Gamma Phi Beta’s newest leadership program aimed at emerging leaders in their first or second year of membership. These women explored their strengths, developed leadership skills and cultivated relationships that will enable them to make a difference in their chapters and their communities now and in the future.
This exciting program will be offered again this summer in Norman, Oklahoma, at the University of Oklahoma to 40 women from chapters across North America. Applications for the 2016 REAL Leadership Experience are still open, but the April 1 deadline is quickly approaching. For more information, check out the video and FAQ’s below.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the REAL Leadership Experience?
July 21-July 24 in Norman, Oklahoma, home of Gamma Phi Beta’s Psi Chapter (University of Oklahoma).
Who is eligible to apply for the REAL Leadership Experience?
First- or second-year members who have the desire and potential to develop lifelong leadership skills and have not held a chapter executive council position.
When is the application deadline?
Applications with an accompanying letter of recommendation are due Friday, April 1.
Can more than one person from my chapter apply?
Yes, absolutely! However, no more than one person per chapter will be selected to attend RLE.
How much does the REAL Leadership Experience cost?
There is a registration fee of $150 and this includes all travel, lodging and meals. Chapters are encouraged to pay the $150 registration fee on behalf of any accepted candidate.
Who should write my letter of recommendation?
Letters of recommendation can come from many sources: a chapter president, a collegiate leadership consultant, your chapter advisor, a Gamma Phi Beta volunteer leader, an alumna, your campus fraternity/sorority advisor, another campus leader or even an employer. The best recommendations come from someone who knows you well and can speak to your abilities and potential for becoming a leader in your community.
What if I don’t have any leadership experience yet?
Then this program is for you! The REAL Leadership Experience was developed for emerging leaders to help them develop the skills and knowledge they need to become an effective leader.
Where do I apply?
Visit GammaPhiBeta.org/RLE to apply.