R.E.A.C.H. :: 5 ways fraternities and sororities can rise to new levels of excellence


Tish Norman has been educating students and addressing large crowds for more than a decade. She uses her witty, entertaining style to deliver programs that offer practical information and positive strategies.

As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Tish brings a powerful and influential new voice to the fraternity and sorority market. In her keynote Calling All Greeks to the Floor!, she motivates Greeks of all types, sizes and traditions to choose their role models wisely and to become role models for the men and women who follow behind them.

The following are Tish’s Top 5 Ways for Fraternities and Sororities to R.E.A.C.H. to New Levels of Excellence.

This letter stands for more than just one word. Renew, revive, reapply, recreate, refresh, rewind, refine, refocus, rejuvenate, realize, relive, redefine…and the list continues. Additionally, I would add respect. Respect yourself first. Respect your organization. Respect your founders. Respect your letters and what they stand for. Your personal accountability is reflective of your university, you organization and, most importantly, yourself.

Hip Hop poet and activist KRS-1 was dubbed the “Edutainer” of Hip Hop music. He was able to create the extraordinary marriage of education and entertainment. He found the common ground between those two mediums and blew it out of the park. Greeks can and should follow suit. We leave college drastically different than the way we entered. We grow. We transform. Greeks should work to create and maintain the healthy balance of socially adept and academically astute.

Association brings about assimilation. In other words, your friendships and relationships link you to what you’ll eventually adapt to and become. Pick your circle of friends strategically. This same principle applies to the membership in your respective chapters. Your chapter may have a plethora of potentials to attend recruitment, but when it comes down to the selection of potential candidates for membership, this should not be taken lightly.

“What are your chapter’s qualifications for membership? What are the reputations of these potential candidates? Older members, your responsibility is to lead by example. Younger, newer members often follow your action more than your words,” says Tish.

The only thing in life that is guaranteed to happen is change. Influence is the vehicle in which change is possible. Change on your campus, in your house and within your fraternity/sorority will only prepare you for the change you will face in the real world. Change the dynamics of your organization. Leave traces of positive change so others will be encouraged to do the same. Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” This can be applied to you and your chapter…”Be the change you wish to see in your chapter, campus and community.”

Helping others is vital to the success of our fraternal groups. It is a deep-seated belief for Greek organizations across the board…to lend a helping hand to those in need. The “H” is the last letter in R.E.A.C.H. because working together and helping others ties it all together. Historically, many successful business professionals attribute their success to positive exposure from Greeks, early on, which encouraged them to move in the right direction.

“When Greeks R.E.A.C.H. forward to get ahead, always remember to R.E.A.C.H. back to help those who will come behind you. Ultimately, no one can persuade you to R.E.A.C.H. back. However, this is the true legacy of your Great Greek Experience. I invite you to experience it for yourself,” says Tish.

Check out campuspeak.com/norman to learn about Calling All Greeks to the Floor! and Tish’s other keynotes on leadership, motivation, personal growth and women’s issues & empowerment.