I came back to campus with a plethora of refreshing and exciting ideas. However, this time, it wasn’t just me rattling off innovative ways to move our chapter forward. After conference, it was the entire executive board that was on the same page: just as excited and Alpha Phi enthused as I was.
Attending the Western Leadership Conference as an ELC was one of the many rewarding aspects of the job and a very different experience than attending as a collegian. After visiting and working with over ten chapters in the fall, it was exciting to reunite with these collegians and see how much they have grown as leaders representing their chapters. It was incredibly gratifying watching these young leaders that I have been working closely with over the last few months come together to gain a better understanding of the future of our beloved Fraternity.
Instead of leaving Leadership Conference with a t-shirt from a different chapter, I left with an even greater appreciation for the Alpha Phi volunteers and our hard working collegiate chapters. My biggest takeaway from the Leadership Conference this year is that Alpha Phi doesn’t end after college, or traveling as an ELC for that matter. The truth is… Alpha Phi will be with me forever.
Elizabeth Palumbo (Gamma Rho-Penn State) is a first-year Educational Leadership Consultant.