2020 NGLA Annual Conference Featured Speaker Showcase

NGLA is excited to announce our Featured Speaker Showcase speakers for the 2020 NGLA Annual Conference in Baltimore, MD from February 27 – March 1, 2020. This program is four concurrent speakers that participants have the opportunity to attend on Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 2:15pm - 3:15pm.

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Under the Influence . . . of Stress 
presented by Corey Ciocchetti

Stress is omnipresent, but it need not dominate your life. Being a Greek leader / an effective student / and productively plugged into your community without breaking down, taking short-cuts, or compromising your values requires proper tools. This presentation provides help via a stress test to identify your stress baseline and then valuable stress-reduction tips to move you from stress-wreck to less stressed & strong. This strength is critical as you move through your life. The idea is not to get rid of all of your stress (impossible) but to mimic successful people who minimize minor stressors so they can focus on their major stress causers.

Presenter Biography:

A Professor of Business Ethics and Legal Studies at the University of Denver, Corey Ciocchetti is one of the University’s most popular and highest-rated professors. Corey joined DU after graduating with a law degree from Duke University School of Law, a Masters degree in Religious Studies and two Bachelor's degrees in Finance and Economics—summa cum laude—from the University of Denver. Corey is a talented speaker and teacher and has won multiple teaching and speaking awards including Outstanding Professor of the Year. He currently teaches classes on business law and ethics in a department ranked by the Wall Street Journal and Business Week in the top ten nationwide for producing students with high ethical standards.Corey also speaks to tens of thousands of individuals each year about “authentic success” and living an ethical life and is the author of the book Inspire Integrity: Chase An Authentic Life. He has spoken to diverse audiences in over 250 cities and 46 states over the past ten years. A Colorado native, Corey resides in Denver with his lovely wife, Jillian and beautiful daughters Sophia and Sydney. Corey has presented this program hundreds of times to Greek audiences across the country. He has found that people are deeply impacted by recognizing their stress level and taking to heart his creative tips to alleviate many of life’s stressors.

 

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Why Language Matters in Matters of Inclusion 
presented by Tara Fuller

When people think about fraternities and sororities they tend to imagine an environment that centers heterosexual relationships. The reality is though, this assumption does not apply to all of our members. Through personal stories and engaging conversations, this program presents a framework for combating heteronormativity and embracing inclusion in your chapters and community. This program is intended to help participants understand why it is important to affirm all identities of members, especially as a way to enhance the bonds of fellowship.

Presenter Biography:

Tara Fuller has been passionate about understanding others who are different from her for as long as she can remember. Tara was adopted as an infant, has been challenged by mental illness, and identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community. She is grounded by her ability to build relationships and sees this as the foundation to making a big community impact.Tara has worked in higher education and student affairs on a number of campuses for almost 10 years. Currently, she serves as the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey.Her experiences continue to show her the importance of relying on the support of others. She believes all people are on lifelong journeys to belong.

 

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Hazing Makes You A Better Greek, and other stupid myths! 
presented by Michelle Guobadia

You shouldn’t need 10 reasons not to haze, but Michelle is going to give them to you anyway! When you walk out of her keynote, your perspective on what it means to belong to a fraternity and sorority community will be changed forever! Michelle speaks from experience, not only as a sorority woman who has been hazed, but also as someone who actively took part in these harmful traditions, believing this behavior was an important part of her fraternity/sorority experience.

Presenter Biography:

Michelle Guobadia might be a little more real and in-your-face than you might expect from a speaker. She is known for telling it like it is and shaking audiences up. If some of you don’t leave here tonight a little riled up, then we will need to check and make sure the sound equipment is working correctly. Michelle believes that you only get to good answers by asking good, tough questions. She believes that students can make their communities a lot better if they are given permission to tackle some big scary topics and encouragement to take some risks and get a few people angry. When she’s not traveling the country, challenging audiences to TRY HARDER and DO BETTER, she’s the Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life at theUniversity of North Carolina, Charlotte where she oversees 43 fraternities and sororities. Michelle is a Fall 2000 initiate of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.from the University of Delaware. Michelle is also the 2017 Hank Knauer Anti-Hazing Hero recipient and recipient of the AFA Distinguished Service Award. 



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Mental, Spiritual and Body Wellness: Not Your Basic Self-Care Workshop 
presented by Brittany Piper

Brittany Piper hadn't even made it through her first semester of college before ending up in a hospital with alcohol poisoning. She knows the damage that college life can inflict on student wellness, as she battled with mental health issues, pill and alcohol dependence, and eating disorders. Now a decade later, she's a wellness and healing coach. Brittany will guide you through a combination of exercises rooted in mental health and body awareness, and spiritual coaching and yoga. In this space, you will be provided with a supplemental self-care workbook, which can be used afterwards as you begin to develop your own self-care routine.

Presenter Biography:

Brittany Piper is a speaker, sexual violence expert and healing coach—cultivating 250+ programs spanning 8 years and 3 continents. Her work has been recognized by The U.S. Army, The Clinton Foundation, Cosmopolitan, the Rape Crisis Center of South Africa, Elite Daily + more. She is a rape survivor and leading international expert and advocate on sexual violence prevention and recovery—speaking to tens of thousands of students, detectives, employees, inmates and military members each year. She is also the founder and healing coach of the Functional Breakthrough Method—a one-on-one holistic healing program which supports survivors of trauma by encouraging self-love and purpose. Additionally, she is a social justice photographer for women’s organizations in conflict countries. To learn more, follow along @thebrittpiper.