2018 National Convention

Sigma Delta Tau’s 2018 National Convention was held June 21-24, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio. More than 260 collegians and volunteers gathered to celebrate empowerment, leadership and sisterhood.


Thursday, June 21

SDT welcomed sisters at dinner and kicked things off with keynote speaker, Jessica Gendron Williams who spoke on “Feminism and Sorority.” Afterward, collegians participated in a pajama party and t-shirt auction to benefit the SDT Foundation, raising over $1,400! Volunteers gathered for a lovely reception hosted by the SDT Foundation.

Friday, June 22

Several empowering programs were on the schedule for Friday. Topics on leadership, change and conflict management were highlighted. Collegians were inspired by keynote speaker, Annalise Sinclair, with her speech, “(Im)Perfect Me: Learning to Love Your Flaws.” The lunch served as as time for women to gather and discuss hot topics that are affecting chapters and campuses. That evening, everyone walked to Progressive Field to watch the Cleveland Indians take on the Detroit Tigers. Although there was a bit of a rain delay, we made the best of it and enjoyed time together.

Saturday, June 23

Saturday morning, SDTs went to work to give back to the Cleveland community by creating 300 craft and game bags for The Friendship Circle of Cleveland. Programming centered around creating an empowering vision and how to use your role as a leader to help empower others. In the evening, SDT hosted the Diamond Banquet, where we installed the 2018-2020 National Board of Directors and presented the National Awards, including six Diamond Chapters. The 2018 Outstanding Alumna, Allee Willis, was not able to be with us, but sent an video with a fun and empowering message.

Sunday, June 24

During the final morning, collegians and volunteers met in regional teams and then split into different programming groups with collegians participating in a workshop that would empower women to be courageous, and volunteers enjoying a panel discussion on empowering volunteer greatness. We wrapped up convention with a powerful keynote address from Dr. Lori Hart on “How to Lead Like a Woman.”

[Photos and Convention Highlight Video courtesy of Digital Pix, the official photographer of the 2018 National Convention.]

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from our official SDT Convention photographer, Digital Pix

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from the Selfie Station at the Diamond Banquet