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Success Story: Applying the Skills

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How does it feel to tell a potential job that, no, you can’t make it to an in-person interview because you currently live out of a suitcase and are 3,000 miles away? How does it feel to have a favorite breakfast joint at the good ole’ Chicago O’Hare International Airport? How does it feel to say you’ve tried 32 university’s “BEST. PIZZA. EVER!?”

It’s quite odd. Well, odd isn’t the word. It’s quite … once in a lifetime. The Leadership Consultant experience is unlike any first-year job you can acquire. You’re fresh out of your active years as a Kappa — full of date parties, Homecoming, and late-night movie-watch parties at the chapter house. All of a sudden, things like “full-time job” and “insurance” and “retirement funds” start popping into conversations with your parents, teachers and even friends. Cue emotional freak out.

Maybe you want to try life in a suitcase. Maybe you feel you’ve got much more to give to our incredible sisterhood. Maybe you’ve met a Leadership Consultant in the past who taught you a lot about life and you want to see just how she did it. For me, it was all of the above as well as an untamable desire to simply do something crazy.

Fast forward 15 months, 39,876 miles, 28 states and a few too many wears of a jean jacket and here I sit in the real world with a real closet and an actual city to call home. I now understand that serving as a Leadership Consultant for Kappa Kappa Gamma was the best real-world training I could have asked for.  Yes, others will call you a full-time sorority girl and you may get sick of Recruitment by your eighth school, but learning to handle 10 reports at a time, manage a corporate credit card, and work with just about any personality you could possibly imagine gives you the skills, knowledge, and most of all, flexibility to take on the real world with grace, charm and the Kappa class we all so dearly love.

Why apply to be a Leadership Consultant? Because as your friends jump into 9–5 desk jobs, you take weekend trips to Boston and then spend a week at a beautiful New England school. You learn about their culture and problem-solve some of life’s biggest issues. In the end, you become more of an adult and leader than you ever thought you could be. As you make a year-long transition into the real world, you learn what it means to be an independent adult and what it is like to work with a variety of personalities. Juggling new names, issues and reports weekly — yes, that is what we’re doing as we type away furiously after your meeting — is challenging, stressful and requires a lot more attention than any Chapter Council position or campus leadership role I took on in my college years. But in the end, a joyous Bid Day, successful Initiation or even — dare I say it — smooth election process and the Kappa pride that comes with it allows you to see our organization in a whole new light. Your purpose as a leader in the real world is validated. The free campus food, airplane miles and incredible Instagram follower gain are just added perks.

Another thing that a lot of Kappa’s don’t realize? You’ve got a team behind you that is there when you break down at 4 a.m. over broken clickers or when you just really need a Galentine’s Day weekend in Denver. My teammates are my best friends and you better bet we are scraping by through the real world together.

This is all to say that if you have ever had an interest in communication, leadership, trying new foods, problem-solving, higher education, team-building, sprinting through airports, Kappa Kappa Gamma, seeing the United States and Canada, or truly learning what it means to trim down your closet, serving as a Leadership Consultant could be the perfect fit for you. By the 2016 General Convention, each member of the 2015–2016 Leadership Consultant Team was either employed full-time or headed to graduate school. Most importantly, we had each grown enormously in our presentation, people, and crisis-management skills.

This job is an asset that I use daily in the real world. Ask the teacher, the law student, the filmmaker, the recruiter or any of the other positions that my incredible team ended up in and they will tell you the same. If you have the energy, curiosity and go-get-‘em attitude to see the world in just a wee-bit bigger way, I highly encourage you to take the chance and apply! Life will be there when it’s over. The chance to gain a lifetime of experience in just 10 crazy, sleepless and ultra-amazing months will not. 

Carly Wooldridge Carly Wooldridge, Missouri, was a 2015–2016 Leadership Consultant. Interested in joining our Field Representative team? Find out more by visiting www.kappa.org/field_representatives today!

Why be a Field Rep?

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I had always thought about what it would be like to be a Kappa Field Representative: jet-setting around the country, meeting new people and seeing new places. While it is a lot of that, just maybe less glamourous, this job is so much more. In this role, every day is different and each chapter offers a unique group of women. In just a few short months, it’s become a part of me.

As a team, we work on the front lines of “Kappaland” with the goal of leaving each chapter better than when we arrived. It’s amazing how much a chapter can change in a week-long visit. I’ve seen chapters that don’t have confidence in their Recruitment and they’re discouraged by tough rounds. Then, at the end of the week, they celebrate on Bid Day because they met quota for the first time in several years. Playing a role in that, however small, is the greatest accomplishment of this job.

Watching chapter members succeed is another rewarding part. It’s watching a New Member Chairman look at the New Member Experience for the first time and sit in awe as she realizes her job just got easier. It’s that first Chapter Council meeting you sit through where they struggle to communicate, then get a text from the President a few weeks later saying how great collaboration has been since implementing some of the tips I leave behind. All in all, it’s baby steps to transform a chapter. Seeing these things happen because of something I played a part in is incredible.

This job also comes with benefits unrelated to chapter life. Since becoming a Field Representative, I’ve learned so much about crisis management — it should really be a part of our job description. But that’s something that will set me apart from other applicants when I begin searching for a job after my year of travel ends. Some situations are manageable and some require all of our energy, but it’s been a learning experience that most other people my age won’t have. It will set me apart when I figure out what the next part of my life will hold.

Additionally, the life of a Field Representative is nothing short of exciting. We’re all at a different school in a new city every week meeting new types of women. Every day is different from the last and that tends to keep life exciting. Never in my life will I have an opportunity quite like this again — traveling the continent, constantly being surrounded by sisters and getting paid for it — it’s quite possibly the best job I’ll ever have.

Now is the only time in my life where this type of job is possible and I’m learning more and more about myself every day. Being on my own a lot is something I thought would be scary, but it’s definitely empowering. I’ve gained a new confidence that I never thought I had in me. I’ve learned to stand up for myself in both professional and nonprofessional situations. Yes, it’s sometimes hard to have those tough conversations with chapter women or alumnae. I’ve learned the importance of standing my ground to benefit a chapter, its women, and Kappa as a whole. Learning to be confident in my beliefs is a skill I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

One of the better parts of this journey, however, is the team I get to share it with. With a core team of 10 Leadership Consultants and a larger team of 12 Field Representatives, we rely on each other constantly. For me, it’s usually a late-night GroupMe text when I’m frantic at a recruitment visit and Preference Round starts in six hours. Or maybe it’s a phone call to Claire to catch up and vent about a delayed flight when I’m stuck at the airport in Des Moines, Iowa. Whatever the situation, we’re definitely better together and it’s a reunion for the ages when we’re finally together again. I can already tell they’re friends for a lifetime. They are people I will still call when I’m up late or waiting on a flight.

This job a dream come true. It’s a role I feel confident in with an organization that has empowered me since I pledged my name and interest four years ago. I consider myself lucky to be able to travel, meet groups of intensely capable women and impact change wherever I go. It’s my way of giving back to Kappa to make it a better organization than when I started.    

Maddy Poletis Maddy Poletis, Missouri, is a 2016–2017 Leadership Consultant. Interested in joining our Field Representative team? Find out more by visiting www.kappa.org/field_representatives today!


The Red Zone

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The start of another school year means many things — new classes, new opportunities and new Kappa sisters. It also marks the start of a six-week period on college campuses called the Red Zone. During these six weeks, students are at the highest risk of experiencing sexual violence compared to the rest of the academic year. First-year students and college women are especially at risk. Read the tips below from the National Panhellenic Conference on how to keep your sisters and yourself safe during #TheRedZone.

  • Be true to yourself and go with your gut. If something doesn’t feel right or you feel unsafe, trust your instincts.
  • It's common for victims of sexual violence to know their attacker. Always clearly communicate your intentions and limits. 
  • Intervene. If a friend needs help, create a distraction, ask directly, refer to an authority or enlist the assistance of others.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Try not to walk around at night alone. Always use well-lit paths.
  • Be prepared. Whether it’s for your home, car or workplace, have your key out and ready to use before you reach the door.

For more back-to-school safety tips, click here.

Kappas in Rio

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Ready for Rio? Kappa is lucky to have eight women competing in this year’s games! 

Editor's note: Congratulations to each and every Kappa who participated in the Olympics! We are proud to call you our sisters. The article below was updated Aug. 22, 2016 with results. 

Kassidy Cook, Stanford, Diving

Women’s 3m Springboard | Preliminary Round | 327.75 (8)

Women’s 3m Springboard | Semifinal | 304.35 (13)

Women’s 3m Springboard | Final | DNQ


Gold Medal Kristin Armstrong, Idaho, Cycling

Women’s Road Race | Final | DNF

Women’s Road Time Trial | Final | 44:26.42 | GOLD MEDAL


Evelyn Stevens, Dartmouth, Cycling

Women’s Road Race | Final | 3:52:43 (12)

Women’s Road Time Trial | Final | 46:00.08 (10)


Gold Medal Eleanor "Elle" Logan, Stanford, Rowing

Women’s Eight | Heats | 6:06.34 (1)

Women's Eight | Final | 6:01.49 | GOLD MEDAL


Silver Medal Genevra “Gevvie” Stone, Princeton, Rowing

Women’s Single Sculls | Heats | 8:29.67 (1)

Women's Single Sculls | Quarterfinals | 7:27.04 (1)

Women's Single Sculls | Semifinals | 7:44.56 (2)

Women's Single Sculls | Finals | 7:22.92 | SILVER MEDAL


Kelley O’Hara, Stanford, Soccer

Women's Tournament | Preliminary: Group G – Match 1 | United States 2–0 New Zealand

Women’s Tournament | Preliminary: Group G – Match 3 | United States 1–0 France

Women’s Tournament | Preliminary: Group G – Match 5 | Columbia 2–2 United States

Women's Tournament | Quarterfinal 2 | United States 1–1 Sweden | United States 3–4 Sweden (PSO) 


Gold Medal Melissa "Mel" Seidemann, Stanford, Water Polo

Women's Tournament | Preliminary: Group B – March 2 | Spain 4–11 United States 

Women’s Tournament | Preliminary: Group B – Match 3 | China 4–12 United States 

Women’s Tournament | Preliminary: Group B – Match 6 | Hungary 6–11 United States 

Women’s Tournament | Quarterfinal 2 | Brazil 3–13 United States 

Women's Tournament | Semifinal 1 | Hungary 10–14 United States

Women's Tournament | Gold Medal Match | United States 12–5 Italy | GOLD MEDAL 


Gold Medal Maggie Steffens, Stanford, Water Polo

Women's Tournament | Preliminary: Group B – March 2 | Spain 4–11 United States 

Women’s Tournament | Preliminary: Group B – Match 3 | China 4–12 United States 

Women’s Tournament | Preliminary: Group B – Match 6 | Hungary 6–11 United States 

Women’s Tournament | Quarterfinal 2 | Brazil 3–13 United States 

Women's Tournament | Semifinal 1 | Hungary 10–14 United States

Women's Tournament | Gold Medal Match | United States 12–5 Italy | GOLD MEDAL 

Celebrating Our #KKGenius!

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There is a lot to celebrate in February. While Presidents’ Day and Valentine’s Day may top the typical list, top of any Kappa’s list is Academic Excellence Month!

This month-long celebration of all things scholarly is an important part of the Kappa year. It is a time that we take the time to focus on one of the core purposes of the Fraternity: to encourage and support the intellectual development of its members. Being a student is an undergraduate member’s top priority– but who says that succeeding academically can’t be fun? Try out some of these fun ideas to motivate your chapter and celebrate being #KKGenius!

  • During your chapter meeting, ask members to set a S.M.A.R.T. goal (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, and Time-bound) for Academic Excellence Month, whether it be to study a certain amount of hours, to earn a specific grade on a paper or project, or participate in an academic workshop in their major. Review these at the end of the month and reward members who met their goal.
  • Host a “study date” with great snacks and lots of motivation.
  • Enter the 2016 Chapter Study Hours Challenge! Track your chapter’s study hours and tabulate the total number of hours for the month. Divide by your total number of members and submit the average study hours by email to your Academic Excellence Specialist. A prize (and year-long bragging rights) will be awarded to the winning chapter!
  • Share photos of members studying, academic excellence events or your chapter’s banner on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #KKGenius. The most inspiring ones will be shared by Kappa.

Regardless of how your chapter celebrates, Academic Excellence Month is a great way to celebrate the #KKGenius that surrounds each of us every day.

Now hit the books and have some fun!


Mary Pat Rooney
Academic Excellence Chairman, Assistant to the Director of Chapters 


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