In a partnership between The Northeast Greek Leadership Association and Phired Up, The Social Excellence Series provides fraternity/sorority members, advisors, and professionals an exclusive, intensive, and experiential educational opportunity to prepare themselves as the world's best connectors, relationship-builders, influencers, and group gatherers.

Social Excellence prepares individuals to build meaningful connections with others so that they can organize and make the world a better place. People who choose to incorporate Social Excellence into their lives will be better prepared to lead their organizations, collaborate with others, engage in meaningful conversations about the important issues of society, gather others together around causes that matter to them, grow the organizations/groups they care about, and make a meaningful impact on the world. Social Excellence is about making momentary choices that lead to deeper levels of human connection, and in a world that is becoming more disconnected, more divided, and less “human” by the moment, these choices are more important than ever.

The Social Excellence Series, comprised of four 60-minute educational sessions that are best experienced by attending all sessions (but participants are welcome to join the sessions that work for them), will provide a framework and philosophy for individuals to use as student leaders, as professionals, and as engaged citizens in a world that needs them now more than ever.

What is Social Excellence?

Social Excellence [n]: A state of perpetual generosity, curiosity, positivity, and openness to limitless possibility. A desire to intentionally connect with others. The ability to engage in deep, meaningful conversation. Acting in a responsible and respectable manner with high expectations of others. Being authentic and living everyday with integrity as the best version of oneself. Being confident and vulnerable. Being fun and compassionate. Being open, kind, and bold. The highest level of societal participation and contribution.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Express the individual choices unique to them that lead to improved levels of human connection in their lives.
  • Demonstrate heightened levels of curiosity, generosity, authenticity, and vulnerability in their interpersonal interactions.
  • Practice Socially Excellent choices in their (current or future) leadership and management roles.
  • Outline their social impact on their community and the world around them through a framework of Social Excellence.

What will the experience look like?

Participants will ideally participate in all four 60-minute sessions (but participants are welcome to join the sessions that work for them). The education team from Phired Up has collaborated with NGLA to create an intensive and experiential learning environment that is inclusive of all participants. Expect active participation, engagement with other attendees, continuing education between the main sessions via digital communication, and social challenges throughout the four-session experience.

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Social Excellence is a CHOICE presented by Karli Sherman

February 23 at 8:30pm ET as part of the Welcome & Opening Program

Choice! Every moment is a choice. Big choices -- where you’ll live, major, career, who you’ll do life with. Daily small choices -- what you say yes/no to, how you spend your time, how you interact with the world. Social Excellence is a choice…a lifestyle choice that guides and informs all your big and small choices. If you choose to attend this session, come ready to be social and connect with others in a meaningful way.

The ART of Social Excellence presented by Karli Sherman and Jonah Mudse

February 24 from 10:30am - 11:30am ET as part of Education Block 1

Art! The art of human connection. Some people call it desire, intrigue, fascination, x-factor, or being a “people person.” But we’re all “people people,” and we all desire human connection. And we all have the capability to connect with others in our own ways. Good news. Being social is a skill. It can be learned, practiced, and mastered. We’ll show you!

The SCIENCE of Social Excellence presented by Karli Sherman and Colleen Kelty

February 24 from 2:15pm - 3:15pm ET as part of Education Block 3

Science! The science of changing the world calls for special social skills. Gathering people together, mobilizing for change. When we gather, we matter. You may consider yourself to be socially bold, or have a burning purpose that drives you to stretch your social comfort zone, or maybe you’re just curious to learn the secret formula for architecting social change. Welcome to the Social Excellence laboratory. Take a seat. Class will begin momentarily.

Do You MATTER? The Social Excellence Journey presented by Karli Sherman 

February 25 from 10:30am - 11:30am ET as part of Education Block 4

Matter! Is today important? Tomorrow? Is leaving a legacy important to you? Seriously. Do you impact the world to a degree that leaves you feeling satisfied and purpose-filled? Is the world better because of you? Do you have big ideas or an unsettled burn in your belly, but aren’t sure how to get started? You may be closer than you realize. Get ready to maximize your impact on the lives of others and the world around you.

Who Should Attend?

Students, professionals, and volunteers from fraternities and sororities are welcome. Participants will not be divided up by title, role, or whether they’re a student or professional. All participants will be engaged as learning humans who have an impact to make on the world around them.

How Much Is It?

This program is free for anyone registered for the 2023 NGLA Annual Conference.

Where and When Is It?

The Social Excellence Series, exclusively for participants of the 2023 NGLA Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, is a four-hour series spanning two days:

  • Thursday, February 23 at 8:30pm as part of the Welcome & Opening Program
  • Friday, February 24 from 10:30am - 11:30am as part of Education Block 1
  • Friday, February 24 from 2:15pm - 3:15pm as part of Education Block 3
  • Saturday, February 25 from 10:30am - 11:30am as part of Education Block 4

Who is Presenting?

Matt Mattson, President & Co-Founder of Phired Up will serve as the lead primary host of The Social Excellence Series. Expect multiple members of the Phired Up team to contribute their unique points of view and contributions to this one-of-a-kind experience, and even look for surprise guests from outside the Phired Up team.