I spent the last week in Seattle at the Gamma Phi Beta convention. The convention is held every two years and is a time when all of the alumnae and current members of the sorority get together and discuss the state of the sorority and are able to exchange ideas and resources. I attended as the Chapter Advisor for the Rho chapter at the University of Iowa and had the executive team with me.
The programming of the convention was on Building Strong Girls (the service focus for Gamma Phi Beta) and having authentic confidence in ourselves. I really identified with this message because one of the many reasons I enjoy volunteering for all of the leadership conferences I attend is because I see value in being a mentor. In a time in my life when I am personally working to Lean In, Thrive and be a #GirlBoss, I see Building Strong Girls as something that is vital to society.
I also really appreciated the focus on having authentic confidence because in trying to start a business I find more than ever that I need to be able to be confident in my ideas and know who I am and what I want.
I was very proud of the women from Iowa that attended with me. I have seen them grow as both leaders and women over the course of this year. It was fun for me to witness them be inspired and come up with ideas to take back to their organization to improve it. I love this group because they also know how to have fun, which is important to me. For example, not many people would think it would be a good idea to go to the Space Needle at 11pm after a long day at a conference, but we thought it was a genius idea and we had a blast.
I took a ton of photos - here are a few of my favorites.
And my favorite photo of the trip. The Real Housewives of Rho pose.