Fraternity & Sorority Life

Refocus with Purpose in 2021

It’s a new year. While 2020 was not the year any of us were expecting, a new year always provides us a great opportunity to reflect on the year’s past and plan ahead for what’s to come. As leaders, it is important for us to take this valuable time to reflect and use it to […]

More Life. More Everything.

By: Kaylon Bradford “More Life. More Everything.” – Drake As an avid social media enthusiast and higher education professional, I follow several fraternity and sorority life pages. When I scroll, I’m always impressed by the tireless efforts that ensure the legacy of each Greek letter organization shines bright. Innovation and creativity instantly come to mind when I […]

Anyone That Truly Cares About Their Organization Has Thought of Quitting

By: David Stollman, CAMPUSPEAK President & Speaker Nobody talks about it, but anyone that truly cares about their organization has thought of quitting. It might be a fleeting thought, but it is there. Don’t feel guilty about it. It is a natural part of caring as much as you do. You’re reading this because you’re a […]

3 Things We Can Learn From Students’ Secret Fears

What if you could jump into your students’ minds and see what is preventing them from being the person they aspire to be? For the past few years, I’ve collected thousands (and still collect) thousands of students’ fears as a way to connect and speak specifically to their internal struggles with the hope that it […]

Few Talk, Many Affected: Changing the Culture About Men’s Mental Health

Dr. Kevin Snyder has presented over 1,150 programs in all 50 states and has been with CAMPUSPEAK for over a decade. He’s also a former Dean of Students, an author with a best-selling book, and a professional speaker with a wealth of unique expertise both in Student Affairs and in corporate America. We sat down […]

Listen Up!

When was the last time you really listened to someone? I mean really, truly listened—with no phone in your hand, no earbud in one ear, no inner monologue? Chances are it’s been a while. Listening is an incredibly powerful skill—and an even more powerful tool. By truly listening to someone, you’re ensuring their voice is […]

See something, say something: how confrontation makes us better

    Years ago, there was a student on our team—I’ll call her Julie—who did some strange things while cleaning our clients’ homes. She would try on clients’ shoes, spray on their cologne, play their very old, very expensive and very off-limits pianos (“Mary Had A Little Lamb,” no less), and she even made a […]

The need for conversations on masculinity.

For me, masculinity has always been an interesting concept. I grew up in a military family surrounded by what some might consider ideologies of “traditional” masculinity. My father was stoic and expected achievement. Our lives were heavily ordered, and he served as the primary breadwinner, while my mother was a source of emotional support and […]

Words Make a Difference

  Recognizing people is one the most important parts of being a leader, and it’s also one of my favorite parts. Praising and complimenting others has always come naturally to me, and I love making people feel good about themselves. But the first time I remember my positive words really making an impact on someone […]

The Power of Belonging

      Over the last four years, I have engaged in an in-depth inquiry into the nature of fraternal brotherhood and sisterhood. I have learned a great deal about the fraternal experience in those four years, and have published and presented research that I think represents a fundamental shift in focus for those of us […]

Leadership Misconceptions: How Extraordinary Leaders Inspire and Lead Differently

  Leadership is… action, not position. transformation, not a transaction. influence, not management. a verb, not a noun. Whether I am speaking to student audiences or corporate organizations, the challenges and frustrations I hear leaders talk about have common threads. The seasoned executive and department manager are very likely dealing with many of the same […]

Tom Healy releases his new book, Limitless Leadership.

  Speaker Tom Healy is passionate about helping students reach their extraordinary leadership potential. For the past seven years, Tom has used his straightforward style to empower students by challenging them, making them laugh and most importantly, helping them thrive as a leader in everything they do! Tom recently released his new book, Limitless Leadership: […]

The DNA of Extraordinary Leadership: An interview with Dr. Kevin Snyder

Whether he’s speaking to college students or corporate executives, Kevin Snyder engages and entertains audiences by sharing powerful lessons of leadership inspiring them to think bigger, overcome adversity and work together to achieve common goals. Kevin has presented over 1,150 programs in all 50 states and has been with CAMPUSPEAK for nearly a decade. He’s […]

Brotherhood and Sisterhood, Simply Isn’t Enough.

The most impactful, longest lasting benefit of fraternal membership are the close bonds formed, but… What do you DO with brotherhood and sisterhood once created? Seriously, do we just sit around and enjoy it? Is that really why fraternities and sororities exist? Shouldn’t we ask how do these relationships advance your members’ lives? Does creating […]

Redefining Brother & Redefining Sisterhood:
Recruitment Edition

When I have a chance to speak with students about brotherhood and sisterhood, I always ask them whether or not, when they were going through the recruitment process, they chose the chapter that they eventually joined, at least in part, because of their perception of its brother/sisterhood. Inevitably, almost every hand in the room goes […]

It’s time for a chapter check-in

Summer is still one of my favorite times of the year. There seems to be a different kind of balance between work and relaxation. It is a time when we are reunited with friends and family on vacations or perhaps making new friends at National Conventions or summer leadership programs. For me, it has also […]

Brotherhood and sisterhood matter

About four years ago I was sitting in a cabin on a lake in Alabama plugging away at my dissertation. At the time, I was thinking about some of the environmental and contextual factors that may influence hazing. We usually think about this within the context of a campus environment, but I began thinking about […]

Buy in (and don’t) get out!

I’m known for a program called, Buy In or GET OUT! Usually, I’m challenging student leaders of our fraternity and sorority communities to hold their members accountable to a higher standard of behavior – one that reflects the oaths all members take upon their initiation. And, if members aren’t willing to “Buy In,” we should […]

Three choices sorority women make to stand out in a crowd

College can be both an exciting and intimidating experience, and I am sure that you will agree with me that there is no better choice you made to maximize your college experience than joining your sorority! Being a part of your sorority provides you and thousands of college women with opportunities to launch and maintain […]

Three reasons Greek life is a great place to address mental health

This article first appeared on The Huffington Post Fraternities and sororities have a lot of stereotypes that they are constantly fighting. To the outside world these organizations can come across as superficial cliques that are unnecessarily selective and just want to party. There is a lot of attention paid to individual chapters that are involved […]

Using recruitment for feedback and growth

Recruitment is the time we convince new members to join our chapters. At the same time it is also a period for self-reflection. With the right work, we can use recruitment activities to learn about our chapter brand, how we are perceived on campus, and reevaluate whether or recruitment methods are effective. Too often we […]

Sealing the deal: The importance of how you offer a bid

Offering someone their bid can be one of the most significant parts of the recruitment process. Not only is this sealing the deal on recruitment but it is also the beginning of membership in the chapter. Between the meetings, conversations, and values explored in recruitment, by the time we are ready to offer an individual […]

Using academics in chapter recruitment

As college-based organizations, academics are the reason our members come to our campus and the core of why we exist. Regardless of why your members joined your chapter, one of our main priority should lie in helping your members excel academically. The beauty of this though is that academics can also be used as a […]

Defining your chapter brand

Every successful organization has a great brand. Think about any brand that you personally love. Chances are that brand is tied to you because of the emotional and mental associations you have for this organization. These brands are compelling; we know the check mark represents Nike and everyone is familiar with a Coke can. These […]

CAMPUSPEAK’s Recruitment Boot Camp partners with Sigma Alpha Epsilon

CAMPUSPEAK’s Recruitment Boot Camp has formed a partnership with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity to provide recruitment education and consulting services to support further implementation of the True Gentleman Experience (TGE). RBC will provide strategic guidance, national programming, staff and volunteer training, customized e-learning initiatives, and a library of officer resources. Over the next two […]

Three keys to motivating your members: S.S.S.

Asking members to do something Small, Significant, and Specific has been the most effective way I’ve seen. Do not confuse asking your MEMBERSHIP with asking your MEMBERS. Passing a sign-up sheet around a meeting isn’t good enough. The most effective leaders lead persons, not a group of people. When people feel a personal connection to […]

Bringing values back to sorority recruitment

Laurel Peffer Price shares how Recruitment Boot Camp is revolutionizing Panhellenic Recruitment Counselor Training. In the world of a Panhellenic community, Formal Recruitment often feels like the penultimate event for which our chapters have trained all year. They’ve spent tireless hours rehearsing door chants, practicing songs, perfecting decorations and memorizing bump group patterns all in […]

Forming a new partnership

Alpha Kappa Lambda Contracts Recruitment Boot Camp to Manage All Fraternity Growth Initiatives Alpha Kappa Lambda (AKL) has formed a partnership with Recruitment Boot Camp (RBC) to provide the fraternity services in all areas of recruitment and growth including: expansion to new campuses, staff management, educational programming, development of e-learning tools, chapter coaching, officer resources, […]

Tips on crushing conferences

David Stollman is one of the leading speakers on Fraternity and Sorority Life, traveling to hundreds of campuses and a dozen of conferences each year. If there’s one person that knows how to crush a conference, it’s David. Here are ten tips directly from David that will ensure you get the most of your time […]

Breaking down How Women Haze: Obedience leads to power

How is it that these caring, compassionate women can become “mean girls”? Lorin Phillips, speaker with CAMPUSPEAK, admits she is still asking herself this question. It’s the culture where a myriad of hazing activities can be seen as acceptable, a culture where women are seeking out power through obedience. It’s this culture that Lorin is […]