Written by the Convention Team
When it comes to Convention best practices, there’s no one better to ask than Sigma Delta Tau’s National Council. The Council is comprised of the Board of Directors, Chapter Services Coordinators, Recruitment Coordinators, Committee Chairmen, Past National Presidents, and Chapter Advisors. We asked them for some advice on this upcoming Convention!
What is one piece of advice you have for attendees?
“Bring an open mind.” – Tami Ackerman
“Know what aspect of your position or chapter you want to improve upon and seek out ideas on how to improve that aspect from other chapter leaders and council members throughout the weekend.” – Shira Solomon
“Take notes! There is so much idea sharing and inspirational quotes, and even if you think you’ll remember it all, you won’t.” – Carli Jaffe
“Sit with as many different people as possible to learn from them. Sit closer to the front and ask questions. There is never a silly question.” – Caren Silverman Safra
“Make sure you drink enough water! You’re going to be talking to a lot of people.” – Liz Norton
“Enjoy every minute because it’s the BEST SDT event you will ever attend!” – Beth Gruber – Read our Q&A with Beth Gruber to learn more about the Convention experience.
“Be ready to meet new sisters.” – Renée Trent Kraft
What is one item not to forget to pack?
“Extra hangers and an outlet expander.” – Tami Ackerman
“A pen – so you can always write things down any time you hear a great idea.” – Shira Solomon
“EmergenC to keep your energy up.” – Alexis Feder
“Comfortable clothing that you can layer as well as some protein bars if you get hungry mid-day.” – Caren Silverman Safra
“It gets cold in the conference rooms, so pack a long sleeve sweater or cover up of some kind.” – Rachel Ellis
“Phone charger or power bank – you’ll be uploading lots of photos from all the activities throughout the weekend.” – Megan Lilly
“Bring extra SDT swag to trade.” – Carli Jaffe
What is your favorite part of Convention?
“The Diamond Banquet because you get to see all the amazing accomplishments from our chapters.” – Megan Lilly
“When all of our volunteers stand to represent the number of conventions attended or years volunteering.” – Jessica Ryan
“Meeting sisters from all over and all ages, and the fun SDT swag.” – Beth Gruber
“Seeing my sisters that I don’t get to see all the time and meeting new sisters.” Shira Solomon
“All of the workshops and speakers! This is the time where we can all learn from our sisters, share ideas and challenges, and really become strong, empowered women and leaders.” – Amy Rodnick
“The business sessions, because while they are really formal, it’s so great to hear all of the exciting updates from our National Council.” – Liz Norton
“The addition of this year’s hands-on philanthropy project. There is nothing better than the feeling of giving back to organizations that do so much for others…and at convention you get to do it with hundreds of your sisters!” – Christina Roman
Did you attend Centennial or have you attended other regional leadership events? We’d love to hear what advice you would share with Sigma Delta Tau Convention attendees. Share your thoughts below!
For more information on the 2018 Sigma Delta Tau Convention in Cleveland, visit https://www.sdtincle18.org/.