Austin Arias

Austin Arias is a leadership expert who uses personal stories and experiences to help students have an impact on their communities, grow personally & ensure their organizations have a lasting legacy.


  • Authenticity
  • Community Building
  • First-Year Experience
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Leadership
  • Officer Training
  • Orientation
  • Organizational Development
  • Personal Growth
  • Recruitment
  • Values



Getting to know

Austin Arias

Austin Arias is an educator, speaker, facilitator, and consultant with a goal to help
individuals and organizations think bigger and do better through more values-based and
mission-aligned actions. By sharing thought-provoking dialogue, humor, and developing
genuine connections, Austin works to ensure individuals feel ready to take on the
challenges ahead of them. He knows firsthand one very vital truth: leadership is not
easy, but when done right, can transform ourselves and our communities. He hopes to
provide his audiences with the tools they need to make to lead more confidently and
solve the root of their organization’s problems to ensure sustainable change.

As an award-winning professional and speaker, Austin is a trusted voice in the areas of
leadership, belonging, organizational development, and personal growth. He is
energized by the opportunities to create custom learning experiences to help you better
meet your goals for your audience.

Austin has been a higher education leader for over 11 years with immense expertise in
student engagement, transition, and retention. He received his masters degree in higher
education from Illinois State University and his bachelors degree in mass
communications from the University of South Florida. He is an active volunteer in the
leadership and harm reduction spaces for inter/national fraternal organizations. Austin is
a proud brother of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.

Austin currently resides in Nashville, TN with his rescue dog, where he spends most of
his free time enjoying live music, exploring the growing food scene, and finding a new
trail to explore. His favorite role in life is that of uncle to his niece Capri.


To help you promote your event with Austin, CAMPUSPEAK has created promotional templates you can use. In this folder, you will find resources for social media, a promotional poster for printing, and press photos you can use for your event.
Link to Promotional Materials


Below you will find logistical resources for the day of your event with Austin.
In-Person Event AV Needs (PDF)
Speaking Introduction (PDF)

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Austin Arias’s recruitment program provided an insightful look at what we can do as a chapter to stay relevant, especially after the pandemic. His advice was relatable and my chapter learned a lot.

— Fraternity Chapter President

Purdue University

From start to finish Austin was very pleasant to work with. From our first conversation I could tell he truly has a passion for what he does and his main goal is to help communities improve. I specifically chose Austin’s “Make Your Founders Proud” Program as it focused on exactly what my community needed. Austin went the extra mile to customize his program 100% to our campus and its needs. It was very apparent that everything Austin and I discussed was worked into the program. I am truly thankful for Austin, as I feel he was what our community needed to get back up and running.

— Benjamin Collopy

Coordinator, Fraternity & Sorority Life, University of Akron

Austin may be a speaker, but he is more aptly described as a facilitator — channeling student passions, that brought them to each of their organizations, into operational best practices. Austin is clear, operational best practices are for the immediate and clear benefit of peer students and their engagement, while incidentally supporting administrative wishes. Said differently, Austin puts students first. Austin brings energy, excitement, the occasional joke, and his own passions to his facilitation. While we would gladly welcome Austin back, we selflessly encourage all other student-focused colleges and universities to fill his schedule first.

— David Bateman-Schieler

Assistant Director of Student Engagement, Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte

Austin had great energy and was able to provide tangible content for our students while challenging their current recruitment tactics being used. He gave the community ideas on how to improve and put many things into perspective with his honest assessment of what was being promoted by the chapters. He had a great balance of information and humor while making connections with the students

— Brittany Bowles

Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life, Coastal Carolina

Austin is a dynamic and engaging speaker and facilitator who ensures your event is enjoyable and thought-provoking for participants. Attendees always leave with something new, and even months after the presentation I hear my students referencing content from the program. He made everything easy for me throughout the entire process, so I could enjoy the event along with my students!

— Kristen Kardas

Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Indiana State University

I knew as soon as I found Austin online that he would be the perfect keynote speaker for our FSL. He was amazing to work with because he customized his keynote to include specific relevant issues to the FSL community at BW. His presentation style was natural, engaging, and entertaining. The audience was extremely impressed and really enjoyed the honest conversation we had. I would highly recommend bringing in Austin to speak because he leaves such an incredible impact on the audience that sparks ideas for change within the community.

— Kristen Kovalchik

Panhellenic Council, Baldwin Wallace University

Austin was a beacon of light for our student leaders at our annual Leadership Conference. Many “ah-ha” moments were had by all as he discussed the importance of connection and authenticity in his ‘Ready. Set. Recruit.’ presentation. His enthusiasm and passion for recruitment provided great inspiration for our leaders as they learn and try to navigate this new normal.

— Maggie Mueller

Chapter Operations Officer, Alpha Rho Chi

This program really opened my eyes to certain aspects of leadership and balance that I hadn’t thought of before.

— Student Leader Participant

AFLV Virtual

Austin was phenomenal to work with! He met with our staff prior to his keynote to ensure he knew the needs of our FSL community and infused that into his presentation. His keynote was engaging, inspirational, and extremely relevant.

— Hannah Rendon

Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life at The University of Tampa

Austin was so incredible to work with – he made a point of catering his program to what would truly resonate with the men here at SJSU. He provided a much-needed articulation of issues, and provided a space where the fraternity men where challenged to reflect on how their recruitment tactics could progress.

— Alex Richards

San Jose State University

Austin is a true professional and a pleasure to work with. He was very intentional about customizing his keynote for maximum impact with our Indiana State Greek leaders and challenged them to really consider the current state of their organizations. I would have no hesitations about inviting Austin back to campus in the future.

— Abby Welch

Graduate Assistant for Fraternity and Sorority Life at Indiana State University


The “Balancing Act”: Finding Balance as as College Student

College is more complex than ever and is truly a balancing act for students – academics, involvement in clubs and organization, friends, family and the demands of a personal life can leave students feeling unstable. That is why finding and maintaining balance is so important.

In his program “The Balancing Act,” Austin addresses how students can be successful in the classroom, while being involved on campus and managing the demands of a personal life. Students who attend this program will understand how to prioritize key tasks, while managing their mental health, and not wavering from academic pursuits.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to recognize the common practices in student leaders that prevent growth and development for themselves and the organization, such as struggling to say no, lack of delegation, and competition,
  • how to incorporate person-first behaviors into their daily life, while still upholding responsibilities as students and student leaders, and
  • how to create a culture of positive student leadership on campus, utilizing their advisors, mentors and/or supervisors.
Ready. Set. Recruit.

For too long, our recruitment practices have been focused on outdated techniques that don’t accurately represent our values and the lifelong benefit of joining a fraternity or sorority. Plus, we have shifted away from building relationships during the process. Our campuses have changed, so the same set of events, recruitment training, and marketing techniques no longer work. It’s time to assess what you are doing and use your purpose to reframe your work.

Let’s create more meaningful, inclusive experiences to explore membership, focus on building authentic relationships that foster belonging, and create a framework more current members can buy into. Reimagining your recruitment into a values-focused growth strategy will help you find those ready for membership more effectively.

*This program is applicable to student organizations, fraternities, and sororities and will be customized based on audience.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to assess their current recruitment tactics and understand their effectiveness,
  • how to create a culture of recruitment strategy in order to maximize chapter and council success, utilizing all members to create collaborative action,
  • how to be more inclusive throughout the recruitment process to acknowledge the identities of all potential new members, and
  • the importance of relationship building and meaningful conversation in both recruitment and creating a sense of belonging for potential new members.
Make Your Founders Proud

What would it look like if we refocused our community’s actions to be in alignment with what our founders intended? Would your founders recognize your organization today? Make Your Founders Proud challenges leaders to take a more critical look at the state of their communities and chapters to determine what must change to ensure their legacies continue. It’s time to get to the root of the issues and create actual solutions.
Through honest dialogue and tough conversation, this program encourages all to look beyond competition and ego, take accountability for their actions, and understand how they can help create a more sustainable, inclusive, and forward-thinking fraternity and sorority movement. We have the potential to be the organizations our founders always hoped for. Let’s make them proud in a way that is both authentic to our values but has evolved to better meets the needs of today’s communities.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to identify the current issues plaguing both their community and fraternal movement,
  • how to understand how those issues affect the health of their membership and organizations,
  • how to address concerns around diversity, equity, and inclusion in their community,
  • how to more effectively build relationships with one another to inspire collaborative action, and
  • how to determine a plan of action to confidently tackle their community’s issues and opportunities for success.
Your First Year Advantage

​Your first year of college can be filled with challenges and excitement. You want to find your people, explore your interests and get settled into your major. While it may feel overwhelming, let’s help you realize your first-year advantage. The time is now to set yourself up for success. Through sharing his own difficult turned rewarding college journey, humorous stories and experience from his everyday work, Austin helps students embrace their new adventure from the start. Students will walk away with a toolkit they can use right away to explore but not overcommit, find belonging and create an action plan for success.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to recognize and address common feelings preventing first year success,
  • how to create first year action plan combining personal wellbeing, academics,
    and involvement,
  • how to better identify which opportunities are best for them, by recognizing their interests, talents and identities, and
  • how to best utilize campus resources and peers along their journey.


Refocus Your Board Workshop

Designed for Programming Boards, Student Governments & Governing Councils
As a vital part of your campus community, it is essential your board is a cohesive group with a clear vision. The hustle to make it all happen can cause us to lose sight of our purpose and our role in helping our peers find belonging and each other grow as leaders. Also, instead of repeating the same events, traditions, and initiatives, maybe it’s
time to be bold and do something new!

Refocus Your Board will help you RECALL, RETHINK, and RECREATE how you approach your organization, how plan programs for your campus, and serve your student body.

Learn tips, tricks, and tools from an organizational expert your group can use now. You will leave this interactive workshop with a strategy to keep your organization on track, bolster your marketing and outreach efforts, and build dynamic events or initiatives your students want to see. This is great for campuses of all sizes and officers at all levels.

Learning Outcomes
By attending this featured workshop, participants will be able to:

  • determine if their board is operating effectively with a clear understanding of their
  • learn how to improve their overall event and marketing strategy
  • articulate opportunities to better meet the needs of their community
  • understand the importance of teamwork and relationship building in their success
Organizational Coaching

Are your organizations struggling to shift their culture and continue to evolve? Is collaboration non-existent? Do we need to reframe your recruitment strategy? Bringing in Austin to provide coaching to your organizations, councils and governing bodies that will provide them with steps they can take to diagnose chronic behaviors preventing change, reframe their programming and set a meaningful plan for the future. This can be done as a full-day of coaching sessions including a pre-assessment, small and large group discussions and planning sessions and debrief with professional staff. This can be added on to a keynote experience.


Curriculum Development & Facilitation

Austin is a skilled leadership educator with years of experience developing learning outcomes-based curriculums for student leaders for training and on-going leadership development. Austin can develop a curriculum that elevates your student’s development and training, rooted in leadership theory and models, best practices, and alignment with the institutional need and goals. Curriculums can include a series of workshops or one or multi-day retreats, including in-person or virtual delivery methods. This work includes an intake form to understand your needs and can include pre-and-post assessments for attendees and a debrief call post-program with the campus professionals. As a trusted facilitator, Austin can also facilitate your program too.