Alpha Phi Expands Emerging Leaders Institute

200 Freshmen and Sophomore Women to Attend 2012 Program

Alpha Phi International Fraternity's Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) - a five-day intensive opportunity for freshmen and sophomore members who show potential for holding leadership positions within their chapters and beyond college - has received a $70,000 grant from the Alpha Phi Foundation to expand the current program. The funding will support Alpha Phi's efforts to help more of its young rising leaders define their voice, identify their leadership abilities and learn how to impact their chapters and communities.


The only leadership program of its kind to be offered by a Greek women's organization, ELI is an interactive learning experience based on proven women's leadership theories. This selective program includes large and small group discussions, trust building activities and personal reflection. Since its inception in 2007, ELI has provided more than 550 freshmen and sophomore women with training, practical experience and direction to build their confidence and lead with authenticity. Most of these women have gone on to serve their chapters in significant leadership roles, including president and other executive committee positions.


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"The Emerging Leaders Institute is a powerful solution to the challenge of leadership development for young women," said Linda Kahangi, Executive Director for Alpha Phi International Fraternity. "Participants not only become better leaders in their chapters and communities, they also become informed about pressing issues facing the world today and how they can influence those situations."


Because of the success of Alpha Phi Foundation's recent $10 million Campaign for Leadership, 200 women will attend ELI next summer - a 33% participation increase over this year. Emerging leaders who attend the Institute receive a full scholarship funded by the Alpha Phi Foundation that includes travel, lodging and meal expenses.


"Alpha Phi Foundation is committed to advancing Alpha Phi as a premier developer of women through this type of cutting-edge programming," said Ann Carstensen, Alpha Phi Foundation Executive Director. "The training and support ELI provides these young women promises to be one of the most effective strategies to improve the quality and advancement of the Greek community and women's overall contributions in the marketplace."


Alpha Phi International Fraternity was founded at Syracuse University in 1872 as one of the first Greek societies for women. Alpha Phi is a sisterhood of outstanding women supporting one another in lifelong achievement. The organization is comprised of more than 150 collegiate chapters and more than 140 alumnae chapters throughout the United States and Canada. The Alpha Phi Foundation is the Fraternity's philanthropic and educational partner. Through contributions from chapters, individual members and friends, the Foundation supports women's heart health and other charitable and educational projects. Together, Alpha Phi International Fraternity and Alpha Phi Foundation develop character for a lifetime.