Lorin Phillips looks to start critical conversations about hazing, alcohol misuse, safe social event management, confronting with confidence, and, above all, the importance of harm reduction and safety.
- Alcohol & Other Drugs
- Fraternity & Sorority Life
- Confrontation Skills
- Risk Management
- Prevention & Harm Reduction
- Substance Abuse
Lorin Phillips, raising critical conversations with students.
Getting to know
Lorin received her Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University in 2002. She traveled for her sorority, Sigma Sigma Sigma, as a Leadership Consultant before becoming the Director of Chapter Services. She worked for Tri Sigma, as the Director of Chapter Services for 10 years, overseeing chapter operations, and now works as the Assistant Executive Director responsible for strategic planning, assessment, and prevention education. Lorin obtained a Master of Education in Adult Learning and Human Resource Development from James Madison University in 2007. In addition to her staff responsibilities, she has volunteered with HazingPrevention.org, is a member of the Association of Fraternity Advisors, and volunteers as a local chapter advisor.
In 2005, Lorin was the recipient of the Order of Omega Masters Fellowship. During her time with Tri Sigma she has conducted over 200 risk management investigations, 25 membership reviews, created and implemented the collegiate prevention strategic plan, revised the chapter accountability process, incorporated technology into their social event, implemented the Tri Sigma Prevention Institute. The Prevention Institute focuses on partnerships in prevention and strives to help students reduce high-risk behaviors in their chapters by providing chapter-specific data student leaders use to create an annual chapter prevention plan.
Lorin has collaborated with over 300 different communities and facilitated prevention education to over 90,000 students, volunteers, and professionals.
Lorin Phillips believes in approachable prevention education. Working with Fraternity/Sorority Life Communities and other campus organizations, Lorin looks to start critical conversations about hazing, alcohol misuse, confronting with confidence, and, above all, the importance of harm reduction and safety.
She has been involved with Fraternity and Sorority Life since college. Lorin is an educator invested in helping students talk about the tough stuff. Her goal is to help students/communities recognize and confront harmful behaviors with confidence. In her 20+ years in the field, she has seen firsthand what is possible when people find their voice, and realize that safety and harm reduction is less about rules and more about caring about your own well-being and about those around you.
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SEE WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY About Lorin Phillips!
Lorin was able to deliver an informative and educational keynote on alcohol consumption while providing authentic and real examples from her time as an undergraduate member of her sorority. The students enjoyed her keynote and I think the information was what many of our students needed to hear and didn’t yet already know.
— Taylor Dwyer
Director of Student Involvement and Greek Life, Franklin College
Lorin was amazing!!! Michigan State has never had a huge event for NPHW and Sigma Kappa wanted to be the ones to create the start of it. She was the best person to bring in for this event and really opened our eyes to her experience. 10/10 recommend bringing her to your campus!
— Remi Monaghan
Sigma Kappa President, Michigan State
My chapter was extremely lucky to have worked with Lorin so closely in the past year. She is truly an amazing individual, and an amazing representation of what a Tri Sigma should be. Lorin spoke to our chapter about Hazing Prevention, Chapter Organization Methods, Fierce Conversations, and much more. Not only is she is an upbeat and enthusiastic speaker, she is quite funny and delivers a message that young adults can relate to.
— Vanessa Paige
Tri Sigma, Epsilon Sigma
Lorin Phillips is an expert in engaging all those who hear her speak. She celebrates beliefs, validates values, and challenges, then rectifies, the disconnect caused by poor decision making, thereby enhancing effective and impactful risk management. Audience members react to her and know they can change their corner of the world.
— Laura Sweet
East Carolina University
Hazing Prevention: Sweating the Small Stuff
Fraternity and sorority members are the best of the best. They share beautiful traditions and rituals, and they are there for one another when life gets hard. So how is it that these caring, compassionate individuals can create a culture where a myriad of hazing and aggressive behaviors are considered acceptable and go unaddressed? Why are intelligent, confident individuals bystanders or continue harmful traditions? Something doesn’t add up.
Her approachable, witty tone puts forth an otherwise difficult topic with grace and honesty. Exposing herself as both the hazer and the hazed in the past allows Lorin to go no-holds-barred on the stories and experiences she shares. Students walk away from Lorin’s program with a broader view of the problem, the actions and behaviors that need to be confronted to prevent it, and a fresh perspective that challenges students to sweat the small stuff.
This keynote is a great option for a chapter hazing presentation, leadership training, new member programming, Greek Week or National Hazing Prevention Week, and general community education initiatives.
As a result of attending this program, students will:
- Expand their definition of hazing,
- Have a better understanding of the problem,
- Identify actions, behaviors, or mentalities that should be red flags,
- Develop an awareness of how perspectives of hazing evolve from the first year and
- A call to action to be part of the solution by recognizing behaviors or traditions which are of concern and taking action.
Life Doesn’t Come with a Designated Driver (Brother, Sister)
Work hard, play hard. Blacking Out. These mentalities are familiar to many of today’s students. Students may know terms like BAC but not how that information can be helpful or applied in a social environment. This program is designed to educate students about the effects of alcohol, so if they choose to drink, they have the information to make healthy choices for themselves. This is not an anti-drinking program.
Having a responsible friend is one strategy, but it’s not often enough. If you’ve ever seen things get out of hand, or if you’ve ever been the friend trying to make others get home safely, you will appreciate this program that encourages everyone to take responsibility for themselves so that we can ALL enjoy the social environment on our campus safely and securely.
This program is a great option for Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, Council programming, first-year programming, and orientation.
As a result of attending this program, students will learn:
- Basic alcohol information (drink strength, BAC, etc.)
- To debunk myths on common pride points related to college drink such as tolerance and getting blackout,
- To apply alcohol basics to their regular social patterns (or challenge/support their peers in their better choices), techniques to self-monitor
- And make better choices.
Fierce Confrontation: Compassionate, Strategic Leadership for Difficult Situations
Do you ever find yourself frustrated by individuals not following through or being apathetic? Do things that need to be said and aren’t weigh on you or make you feel overwhelmed? These stressors impact your well-being, your team, and your organization and community. You know something needs to change, and you’re worried about rocking the boat, making it worse, hurting someone’s feelings, or damaging a relationship. Stop beating around the bush or thinking things will magically change. Confront it with confidence.
In this empowering keynote, Lorin digs deep into the pitfalls surrounding communication and provides strategies to navigate them. Students will walk away with a toolbox of tactics to apply in any given conversation to challenge the process.
This keynote can also have an add-on workshop where Lorin will aid students in developing a plan to resolve their specific concerns and practicing skills from the keynote. Let Lorin bring this skill-building keynote to your campus, or ask for it as an add-on workshop. Either way, students will walk away feeling empowered and called to action to address the problems happening in their organization, community, or personal relationships.
As a result of attending this program, students will learn:
- How to describe what factors make conversations difficult,
- How to identify and navigate common pitfalls in communication, and
- How to apply a framework necessary for having difficult conversations.
How Women Haze
Lorin can also speak to women’s organizations about the sorority-hazing culture and mindset. Women are a part of the problem, too. This custom program is specific to women’s development and offers ways this information can be used to combat women’s hazing, bullying, and mean girl behaviors. This could also be done as a workshop following the keynote.
As a result of attending this program, students will learn about:
- Women’s development,
- Connections between female development and the mindset of hazing, and
- Consideration for addressing a having culture in women’s organizations.
A good chapter/council/community is happy where they are, but a great one is always looking for ways to elevate what they are doing and have an even greater impact. What do your members value in their membership and how can you add more value to your community? How is your community focusing on harm reduction and safety? Lorin uses a proactive, values-based approach to take groups to the next level. She will show a planning and evaluation structure to build on your strengths instead of just addressing problems that come up. She offers her perspectives and then facilitates group dialogue so everyone’s solutions can be used to create a plan for the future. This can be a chapter-specific or community-focused program. It can be done over several small planning sessions, a day-long retreat-style program, or virtually.
The following are past entries Lorin has written for the CAMPUSPEAK Speaker’s Voice Blog