We are excited to announce our Keynote, Speaker Showcase and Critical Conversations Series speakers for the 2018 NGLA Annual Conference!

Keynote Speakers



More Than a Feeling: Leading with Empathy, presented by Tina VanSteenbergen

Ever been frustrated with members who don’t pay dues? Irritated with a sister/brother who missed another meeting? Upset with someone who ghosted out of your chapter? When our members don’t do what’s expected, it’s natural to be bothered. But what if they can’t pay dues, because they’re buying food for their family instead? Or missing a meeting because an abusive partner wouldn’t let them leave? Or leaving the chapter because of mental health challenges? Every one of our brothers and sisters is a person with real life challenges and struggles, things we can sometimes forget to ask about. Choosing empathy, to understand and share with the experiences of our members, is the more than a feeling, it’s the most powerful leadership decision we make.

The Thursday Keynote is sponsored by CrowdChange.



KNOW BETTER/DO BETTER: Campus Racism...past and present, presented by Lawrence Ross

The Blackballed lecture on campus racism is lecture about the historical and contemporary issue of white supremacy on American college campuses. Black face incidents, Confederate statues, racial micro aggressions, and overt racist acts all conspire to tell students of color that they don't belong on campus. The Blackballed lecture on campus racism challenges students to understand that it's not enough to be non-racist, but that they have a responsibility as Greeks to be anti-racists.

The Friday Keynote is sponsored by Circle of Sisterhood.



Greek Unity, Not My Chapter, and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves, presented by Annalise Sinclair

Fraternity and sorority life tends to get a bad rap. From newsfeeds to newspaper pages and images on television media outlets, we are portrayed as being filled with hazing, alcohol abuse, sexual assault, and plain stupidity. Too often our members believe that stuff will never happen to us, or worse, it will only happen to another chapter or organization! This leads to a false sense of invincibility and poor decision making. By exploring the myths (and realties) surrounding fraternities and sororities, Annalise opens the door for honest conversation regarding the future of our Greek communities and how individual members can impact on our organizations in a positive way.

The Saturday Keynote is sponsored by the B+ Foundation.

Speaker Showcase

The Speaker Showcase is four concurrent programs on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 2:15pm to 3:15pm.

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Critical Conversations

The Critical Conversations Series, formally known as the NGLA Institute, is five concurrent programs on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 10:30am to 12:00pm.

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