Staff Goes to Work: Professional Fraternity Association’s Leadership Academy

Our National Staff works very hard to stay on top of the latest trends and advancements in our respective areas of expertise. This includes attending conferences and seminars that keep us in the loop so we can better serve our Members. We wanted to give you an insider’s perspective to what our staff is learning. So our “Staff Goes to Work” series was born.

Our third look into the world of professional development, we have our Programming Coordinator Kaitlyn Waite (Gamma Chi Chapter ’12) here to tell us all about the Professional Fraternity Association (PFA) Leadership Academy she attended.

PFA Leadership Academy Photo

Robbie Dornbush (Beta Mu Chapter ’18) and Programming Coordinator Kaitlyn Waite (Gamma Chi Chapter ‘12) at the Professional Fraternity Association’s Leadership Academy

What is the PFA Leadership Academy?

The Professional Fraternity Association (PFA) supports professional Fraternities and Sororities in maintaining high standards on their campuses, communities and in their professional practices. The PFA currently includes 36 Fraternities and Sororities ranging in disciplines from business, music and chemistry.

The PFA Leadership Academy challenged participants to become exemplary leaders through multiple sessions. Student leaders, Faculty Advisors and Fraternity and Sorority leadership gained valuable leadership skills that they will take back to their Members in order to grow our organizations and communities as a whole.

What sessions were offered?

The Leadership Academy curriculum was written by Karyn Sneath and included “The Student Leadership Challenge”, created by James Kouzes and Barry Posner, as the foundation for the academy. Sessions included:

  • Model the way
  • Inspire a shared vision
  • Challenge the process
  • Enable others to act

What was your biggest take away from the PFA Leadership Academy?

Interacting with students and faculty from a variety of professional Fraternities and Sororities was a great experience. I was inspired by the commitment and drive the student leaders showed in the sessions and discussions during breaks. All participants were eager to work with each other on growing their leadership skills and were motivated to bring new ideas to their chapters. I’m happy Phi Sigma Pi has the PFA as a resource to learn and grow as we head into our Centennial year.


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