Sunday, June 29, 2014

Speakers of the Week

We’ve heard some great speakers this week! If you weren’t able to join us we’ll be sharing videos from two of the sessions soon!

Erin Reach Condren, Alpha Sigma-UCLA 

Condren is founder and designer of personalized paper products at As a busy mother of twins, Condren began making note cards, gift labels and hostess gifts for friends. At the encouragement of her friends, she decided to sell her creations. After years of designing, printing and shipping products from her home, was born in 2007 at a state-of-the-art facility outside of Los Angeles. She has been featured on the Ellen Show, Rachael Ray, the TODAY show. and in the ANCHORA.  

Condren spoke at Anchor Academy, the inaugural pre-Convention training session offered to delegates on Thursday, June 26.

"Friendships last forever when sisters come together"

"Stay connected to DG, The networking in this room is amazing."

Alison Levine, Alpha Pi-Arizona 

Levine was the team captain of the first American women’s Everest expedition and author of On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership. She has climbed the highest peak on each continent and skied to both the North and South Poles-a feat known as the Adventure Grand Slam, which fewer than 40 people in the world have achieved. She founded the Climb High Foundation and works as an adjunct instructor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Levine was recently featured on CBS This Morning. 
Levine spoke to the Convention body on Saturday, June 28. 

"Do not let fear stop you from doing the things you want to do!"

"The key to surviving storms is to take action at the time, it's not always about sticking to the plan"

Jessica Pettitt, Epsilon Chi-South Carolina 

Pettitt brings her 10+ years in student affairs, 5+ years of national consulting work and 2+ years as a stand-up comedian experience to stage as part of her mission to inspire change, dismantle oppression and recognize our privilege. Nominated for two years by Campus Activities Magazine for Best Diversity Artist, Jessica’s programs are direct, customized and highly interactive. Her workshops, seminars, and keynotes take participants on a journey weaving together politics, theory, current events, and story telling with large doses of humor. 
Pettitt was the social justice speaker on Saturday, June 28. 

"I've had a lot of awkward experiences and that doesn't make me less than one of your sisters."

"Whoever that person is that we are leaving out, they are winning."

Laurie Rubin 

Rubin is an opera singer who is blind. She recently published her first memoir Do you Dream in Color? She has appeared in major operas and as a soloist at Carnegie Hall and the White House. She founded Ohana Arts, which is devoted to music education in Hawaii. She is touring and working on a new pop album called “The Girl I Am.” 
Rubin was the Foundation Lectureship speaker and addressed the audience on Friday, June 27. 

Laurie spoke about self confidence and said she aims to be treated like everyone else.

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