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Success Story: Five Years Later

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I joined Kappa Kappa Gamma in the spring of 2008 as a member of Zeta Upsilon Chapter, Georgia Southern. At Zeta Upsilon, I served as the Membership Chairman and chapter President.

The decision to become a Leadership Consultant was a pretty easy one for me. During my collegiate years, I participated in everything that my chapter had to offer. Sisterhood events, socials, chapter meetings, ritual reviews, Chapter Council … I was there. It only seemed natural to continue my Kappa experience and apply to be an LC.

My year on the road as an LC was one of the most beautiful, challenging, and amazing years of my life. Twenty-five different universities, 28 chapter visits, nine Recruitments, one Initiation, 70-plus flights, thousands of sisters and countless memories — it was a year unlike any other, filled with a lot of laughs, new friendships, a few tears and moments of overwhelming joy.

Through this amazing opportunity, I had the chance to learn many skills that continue to have a tremendous impact on my life. I learned how to collaborate with others and how to really listen to people and see situations from many different perspectives. I learned how to be patient and wait, and that sometimes you do difficult things because it’s the right thing to do. I learned how to talk to people on so many different levels, from Kappa sisters to Fraternity leaders to university administrators. I gained self-confidence, independence and the tools to be successful on my own.

Almost five years later, I am a third-grade teacher. I use all of the tools that Kappa gave me on a daily basis in my profession. From my cooperative, working relationships with my colleagues to my interactions with school administrators to the relationships I form with my students and parents, Kappa prepared me for all of it.

The year that I served as a Leadership Consultant for Kappa was a wonderful opportunity. Beyond that, it helped shape the person I am today. I will be forever grateful that I had the chance to serve my sisterhood in such a unique role.  


Schmidt_Headshot Kelcey Schmidt, Georgia Southern, was a 2011–2012 Leadership Consultant. Interested in joining our Field Representative team? Find out more by visiting www.kappa.org/field_representatives today!

Do I Love What I'm Doing?

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The trending question I’m asked is: “Do you love what you’re doing?” 

“Yes, I love it!” I reply with a big smile on my face. But the concept of explaining how much I truly enjoy my job is hard for people to grasp during a short meal or a quick interaction. 

What is better than being paid to travel, meeting new people each week and helping young women? Ever since I was Vice President-Organization at Washington State University, I considered applying to be a Leadership Consultant. But over the course of the next three years, I went back and forth with the idea.

As my senior year rolled around and I finished up my term as Membership Chairman, my mindset turned to graduation. It was time to make a decision about the LC opportunity. I decided I needed to jump out of my comfort zone and do it.

Now eight visits deep into my time as an LC and I still have to pinch myself every time I’m reminded that this is my job.

Every week is a new adventure — West Coast, East Coast, Canada. Each place you land is an opportunity to experience something different. 

The Rotunda at the University of Virginia was designed by Thomas Jefferson.

In Laramie, Wyoming, you can find a local farmers market with the best cupcakes you will ever have. West Lafayette, Indiana? The best Kappa chef around, Jose, makes homemade “Kappa Macs” topped with hamburger buns that are made from scratch.

Oreo, chocolate orange, Nutella, and Snickers cupcakes all thanks to the Laramie Farmers Market.

The point is, there is beauty in every place you visit. Each campus is unique with extravagant architecture and age-old traditions that you only hear about in books. There is no better time than the present to travel and experience new places and people. 

The people make it worth it. They are warm and accommodating and genuinely willing to open up their homes to you. You can hear the passion behind their words when they show you the places they love and appreciate about at their university or town. 

Pre-recruitment photoshoots with the women of the University of Arizona.

This job and its experiences fuel me and inspire me to learn from others. It allows me to take in the beauty of the city around me. It teaches me to enjoy each moment as I’m in it. 

So to answer the question, “Do you love it?” Yes. I really do. 


Michaud_Headshot_Small Kendall Michaud, Washington State, is a 2016–2017 Leadership Consultant. Interested in joining our Field Representative team? Find out more by visiting www.kappa.org/field_representatives today!

Success Story: More Than Travel

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If you ask my friends what I do at my job, they would probably tell you I write, work on lots of secret projects and come home with some amazing beauty products. If you ask them what I used to do for my job as a Leadership Consultant, you’d likely get that I traveled all the time, frequented some of the nation’s most notable destinations and hopped from couch to sleeping porch to air mattress and back. All of the above information is true, but none of it quite encompasses what either of the jobs I’ve been fortunate enough to have really entail.

My time working for Kappa Kappa Gamma as an LC was so much more than exploring the French Quarter of New Orleans or spending Halloween at Disneyland. But let’s be honest, there were some pretty great perks. Working for the Fraternity taught me a lot that I now bring to the table as a part of the corporate affairs, global communications team at the largest prestige beauty company in the world. Working for Kappa, you come to learn that Murphy’s law — If something can go wrong, it will — is a reality that will only make you a stronger and more confident person as you work through it. Picking up, moving to New York City and walking into a role at my dream company was only possible because of the confidence being a Field Representative gave me.

I’ve taken the communication skills I’ve developed through Recruitment, officer meetings, and being a liaison for the Fraternity, chapters and universities, and have spun it into working well with colleagues, agencies, media, and our company’s senior leaders. I have sat in more standards and chapter meetings than I ever thought I would, which has only helped me to learn empathy, confidentiality, and to only speak when you have something truly worth saying. I’ve used my ability to roll with the punches to help tackle company and industry issues, both big and small. My travel has allowed me to bring an in-depth knowledge of the 18-to-22-year-old female demographic to the table, which has been incredibly valuable in my role of addressing possible brand influencers and partners.

In the more literal sense, I love talking to my colleagues about their collegiate experiences, Greek-letter or not. I am happy to help a teammate learn more about sorority or fraternity life before sending their kids off to school in the fall. There are 25 university pennants that I have collected over the year and now hang at my desk. Whenever someone sees their school, I use that as a moment to create a positive relationship and tell them that I too have enjoyed the beautiful Sarah P. Duke Gardens or Oregon sunsets. I am cultured through travel and have learned everything from how to peel a crawfish to the history of the Harvard Yard. I learned to work hard and long, to run on fumes, to keep moving and to find inner motivation. I don’t need hand-holding. Kappa has prepared me to work unsupervised and to problem solve on my own. I learned to be independent, but also to make friends quickly.

I will never forget walking into my first interview here in May, just two weeks off the road. My interviewer acknowledged the company’s 85 percent female makeup. She asked if I was comfortable working with all women and the strong and diverse personalities that inevitably exist in a female-dominated organization. I smiled, remembered the thousands of sisters I met over the past year, and I told her with full confidence that I was up for the challenge. Being a Field Representative has not just made me a better employee, but a well-rounded person. I love the places I’ve been, the people I’ve met, and the lessons I’ve taken with me. There has been no better experience in my life. It is one I will continue to use and cherish forever. 

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

Dear Parent

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Dear parent,

Seeing the country, meeting new people, learning new life skills — who could ask for more from a job right out of college? We are thrilled that our daughter is seeing so much of the United States and Canada in a way that she never would have before. Every week we are amazed at the energy it takes to usher a new group of young women through Recruitment and work with all of the diverse personalities.

The attitude and organization of each chapter sets the tone for our conversations with our daughter each week. The job seems to be bringing solid life and work lessons, such as negotiating, making formal presentations, organizing, listening, and developing flexibility. The more a chapter needs her and is willing to accept constructive advice, the more fulfilling it is for our daughter and the better the experience is at each stop.

We have added the weather channel to our favorites and are now more versed in the national weather patterns. We are from the parched West Coast, so we love to see all the rain via her Snapchats.

If we don’t hear from our daughter a few times in a week, it means that a chapter visit is going great and is taking all of her energy and time in a positive effort!

We’re thrilled that we get a visit for a few days before the big winter break.

When we share what our daughter is doing with other parents, they are truly impressed with the experience the job offers. There are so many skills required of a Leadership Consultant and those skills are enhanced on the job. We are so proud of our daughter and could not be happier that she is taking advantage of such a great opportunity while truly enjoying the work she is doing.


Mr. and Mrs. Kozel

Editor's Note: Above is a letter written by the parents of a Field Representative. Interested in joining our Field Representative team or learning more? Visit www.kappa.org/field_representatives today!

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