Lorin Phillips

Lorin Phillips believes prevention education is not the same as risk management. In order for us to grow we must approach prevention education by reducing both personal and organizational harms. Whether engaging in a crucial conversation on hazing prevention and alcohol misuse or delving into topics of well-being and the complexities of peer leadership, Lorin empowers students and communities to openly address harm reduction and safety measures with confidence.


  • Alcohol & Other Drugs
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Hazing
  • Communication
  • Confrontation Skills
  • Leadership
  • Risk Management
  • Prevention & Harm Reduction
  • Substance Abuse


Prevention Education


Leadership & Wellbeing Education

Lorin Phillips, raising critical conversations with students.

Getting to know

Lorin Phillips

Lorin received her Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University (JMU)  in 2002. She traveled for her sorority, Tri Sigma, as a Leadership Consultant. She has continued to work for Tri Sigma for the last 21 years as the Director of Chapter Services, Assistant Executive Director responsible for strategic planning, assessment, and prevention education, and is now the Associate Executive Director of Enablement. 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, volunteers as a local chapter advisor, and serves on JMU’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Lorin has collaborated with over 300 different communities and facilitated prevention education to over 90,000 students, volunteers, and professionals. During her time with Tri Sigma she has conducted over 200 risk management investigations, 40 membership reviews, created and implemented a membership experience assessment, refreshed the member development framework, assists with strategic planning and data tracking, revised the chapter accountability process (STRIDES), and implemented the Tri Sigma Prevention Institute. STRIDES is a collaborative approach to working with chapters held responsible for policy violations. The Prevention Institute focuses on partnerships in prevention and helps students reduce high-risk behaviors in their chapters by providing chapter-specific data to create an annual chapter prevention plan. In 2020, both programs were recognized by the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA). STRIDES received the 2020 Outstanding Change Initiative Awards and the Prevention Institute was recognized as the AFA/CoHEASAP Award for Outstanding Alcohol/Other Drug Prevention Program.

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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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


Prevention Programs

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 unhealthy 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.

Watch a short video about this program

Learning Outcomes
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.

Leadership & Well-being Programs

Positive Power Playbook

Group dynamics and confrontation were already complex and then being “empowered” was introduced as a key phase. Add in a pandemic with limited social interactions impacting social confidence in some, shifting communication habits, turnover, more experienced leaders graduating or leaving, and perhaps some lingering emotions from it all…we have a growing concern.

The message leaders hear: Speak up and be empowered.

The current leadership gap: Little to no conversation about the importance of tempering those messages with kindness and human dignity.

The result? Right message, wrong delivery! The emotional, and at times physical, impacts from negative group environments (in person, in texts, and online) are impacting mental well-being and the ability or desire to participate in groups and organizations. We have a power differential problem!

This program will delve into the intricate dynamics of power differentials within various contexts and explore the impacts of power imbalance in relationships, organizations, and broader structures. Through a combination of theoretical frameworks and personal reflection, learners will be able to identify unhealthy power and leverage personal power to build others up and influence positive change.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of attending this program, students will:

  • Gain insight into the theoretical foundations of power, exploring key concepts of our power is gained and given.
  • Develop the ability to critically analyze power structures discern subtle nuances and recognize various factors that contribute to power imbalances.
  • Enhance communication skills to navigate power dynamics effectively fostering healthy dialogue and collaboration.
  • Understand the ethical implications of power differentials and develop a sense of responsibility in using values-driven power.
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 often not 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.

Watch a video about this program

Learning Outcomes
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.
Balance Reimagined

As a leader, a great friend or roommate, or the person who keeps the family going, the sense of responsibility and obligation can be an overwhelming force. Individuals can feel both energized and exhausted by their engagement. What can you do when you’re pulled in so many directions you can’t go in any direction? When balance feels impossible, how can we avoid a “work hard, play hard” default and instead find a more realistic approach?

Lorin shares her own experiences with seeing others doing it all feeling like balance was an impossible state to achieve! The program is designed to guide participants on how to use practical tools and structures to foster a fulfilling lifestyle and cultivate a sustainable sense of balance.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of attending this program, students will:

  • Reflect on personal values, goals, and strengths to identify sources of fulfillment and purpose
  • Methods to align daily activities with a sense of meaning.
  • Develop effective time management strategies to optimize productivity and create space for meaningful activities that contribute to a balanced life.
  • Apply a health promotion framework to create a plan for progress and personal growth where individuals establish and maintain healthy habits recognizing their impact on living well.
How Women Haze

Lorin can also speak 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.

This program is great for new leaders training, advisor/mentor education, conventions or conferences, and as an educational sanction.

Watch a video about this program

Learning Outcomes
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.
Fierce Confrontation

Do you ever find yourself frustrated by individuals not following through or being apathetic? Do you avoid confronting things that need to be said and are or weighing on you? Does the thought of confrontation 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 making it worse, hurting someone’s feelings, or damaging a relationship. Stop 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 a variety of everyday situations. Students will walk away with a toolbox of tactics to apply in any given conversation to challenge the process, team, and each other.

This keynote can also have an add-on workshop where Lorin will aid students in developing their plan to resolve a specific concern 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.

Watch a video about this program

Learning Outcomes
As a result of attending this program, students will:

  • Describe what factors make conversations difficult,
  • Identify and navigate common pitfalls in communication, and
  • Follow the steps necessary for having difficult but effective conversations.



Chapter/Community Change initiatives

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  increase engagement? How is your community treating each other and collaborating? Lorin uses a proactive, values-based approach to take groups or community councils 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