The Alumnae Programming and Engagement Committee, led by Megan Lilly, is excited to announce a new series spotlighting our wonderful volunteers! In each month’s Empowered Volunteer Series, we will interview a dedicated volunteer to learn more about them and their service to Sigma Delta Tau. This month we’re excited to introduce you to National Vice President Tami Ackerman.
Tami Ackerman, Alpha Beta-University of Rhode Island
National Vice President
Tami has volunteered with SDT for more than 15 years. Tami’s passion for SDT shines in everything she does, and we are lucky to have her as a volunteer in our organization! Read on to see why she is so passionate about volunteering for SDT!
Q: Why do you volunteer for SDT?
A: I volunteer because I enjoy making an impact on the world around me. Through Sigma Delta Tau, I have been given the opportunity to work closely with our philanthropic partners: Jewish Women International, Prevent Child Abuse America, and the SDT Foundation. My favorite part about volunteering is seeing our members raise money for these worthy causes and seeing the difference they make in their communities.
Q: What keeps you busy outside of SDT?
A: Outside of SDT, my family keeps me busy. I am a mother to two SDT legacies. I also work part-time at my family’s business in Brooklyn. In addition to volunteering for SDT, I serve on the JWI Board of Trustees and I am the Long Beach Central Council PTA Co-President.
Tami recently received the “Wonder Women Award” through her Chabad because of the amazing volunteer work she has done with SDT, JWI, and Long Beach CCPTA and was able to celebrate this moment with family, friends, and sisters!
Q: What skills has your volunteer role helped you develop that you’re able to apply in other areas of life?
A: Through volunteering for SDT, I have enhanced my fundraising skills and learned how to network. It has also allowed me to gain confidence in public speaking. Before serving on the Board of Directors, I did not like to be in the spotlight. Through my role with SDT, however, I have gained the confidence to speak to larger audiences. I have also learned to speak my opinion more confidently.
Q: What advice would you offer someone interested in volunteering for SDT?
A: I would love to see more of our members volunteer for SDT. There are so many areas to become involved. It’s important to realize that you do not have to serve in a leading role on the Executive Board to become a volunteer. Take it from me, I was the house manager at the University of Rhode Island. You just need to find your passion. As Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Sigma Delta Tau would not be successful without the time and effort put forth by our volunteers. Every alumna has the ability to make an impact. Whatever your interests may be- programming, service, scholarship, or recruitment- there is an opportunity for you! If you are interested in finding your passion within SDT, fill out our volunteer interest form.
Author Bio: Taylor Goldberg, Gamma Lambda-Florida State University, recently graduated and will be attending chiropractic school at the University of Western States this fall.Taylor was a member of the 2017-18 Collegiate Leadership Team and is currently serving on the Alumnae Programming and Engagement committee which works to create engaging and relevant programming for SDT alumnae of all ages.