Meet Emilie, Colorado State!
“Constant.” That is the one word that Emilie used to describe her position as a Leadership Consultant. “This is more than a job. It’s a lifestyle.”
Emilie is one of nine traveling Leadership Consultants hired by Kappa Kappa Gamma this summer. Leadership Consultants provide advice, support and resources to chapters and advisers and serve as a link to the Fraternity as a whole. They may visit as many as 30 chapters during an academic year.
“I wanted to serve Kappa and give back a little bit of all that Kappa has given to me,” said Emilie. “I also love meeting new people, so this job is perfect for that!”
For Emilie, the most rewarding aspect of her job is the benefits she brings to a chapter. “It’s rewarding when officers and their respective chapters benefit from my visits and the advice I have for them. It makes their chapter better than it already was.” It is a surreal feeling for many Leadership Consultants to see the differences among chapters, but know that at the heart of each chapter are the same values and rituals that join each Kappa together.
In the month she has been traveling to chapters, “I’ve learned to balance my constant and ever-changing schedule with downtime, how to live a somewhat healthy lifestyle on the road, adapt to changing environments and how to pack and travel ‘lightly.’” She’s also brushed up on her presentation and planning skills, having to facilitate large group discussions and activities. As a former international studies major with a minor in business, traveling and meeting new people is helping Emilie gain the confidence and leadership capabilities she will need in her career.
Apart from learning essential job skills, this position is full of self-discovery. “I’ve learned that I always have to be myself and embrace who I am. When I’m comfortable with myself and am able to laugh at my mistakes and make jokes, I am able to connect with the chapter women.”
Leadership Consultants spend the majority of the year on the road, traveling chapter to chapter. “It can get lonely, so I appreciate it when the chapter women spend time with me and take me to do things.”
Emilie values certain qualities in herself and other Leadership Consultants. “You need to be patient, flexible, have a willingness to work with diverse groups of people, have a good sense of humor, compassion, understanding, honesty, strong time management and communication skills, and a genuine personality.” These qualities prove to be important when fulfilling the duties of a Leadership Consultant, which include assessing chapter performance, meeting with Greek Life and Kappa Kappa Gamma officials and building trust with a chapter before, during and after a visit.
When it comes to being a future Leadership Consultant, Emilie encourages interested parties to apply. “Just go for it! You learn a lot about life, the way of the world, and it’s a great way to transition out of college and into the real world.”
When Emilie finishes her job with Kappa, she is considering attending grad school for higher education and student affairs. “I’m basically getting real world experience for my future! I am learning how to facilitate and guide development at the collegiate level.”
“I am so excited to see what adventures are ahead of me! Bring it on!”
The deadline to apply for a Leadership Consultant position is November 1. This position is a one-year contract and is compensated with a salary and benefits package. A full position description and application details can be found on the Our Team page.