2020 National Convention

Sigma Delta Tau’s 2020 National Convention will be held at the Sonesta Hotel in Philadelphia, PA, from June 25th–28th.

Sigma Delta Tau sisters worldwide will gather this June to celebrate empowerment, leadership and sisterhood. 

General Overview

Convention kicks off Thursday, June 25 with a welcome reception celebrating Beta Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania’s 100th Anniversary. 

Friday will be devoted to sorority business and Community Service followed by an evening activity where sisters can mingle and get to know one another better. 

Saturday brings an exciting day beginning with Keynote Speaker, Erin Fischer, CEO of the Leadership and Training Studio, followed by a series of breakout sessions that focus being Authentically You!  The day culminates with the Diamond Banquet, featuring the installation of the 2020-2022 National Board of Directors, National Awards, and the presentation of the 2020 Outstanding Alumna, Lori Weinstein, retired CEO of Jewish Women International.

Convention will conclude Sunday with a special initiation and a closing Keynote address from consultant and professional coach Dr. Thea Zunick.

We cannot wait to see you at Sigma Delta Tau’s 2020 National Convention. Become renewed and inspired, but most importantly—Authentically You!

Registration Opens Soon!

Keynote Speakers

Erin Fischer, Keynote Speaker
Saturday, June 27th — 8:30 am

Entrepreneur, author, international speaker and facilitator, word traveler, and nerdy by nature delivers anti-boring and anti-lecture leadership programs. Founder and CEO of the Leadership and Training Studio, in Carmel, Indiana, she helps her clients curate, design, and deliver leadership content and facilitation skills.

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Thea Zunick, EdD – Closing Keynote Speaker
Sunday, June 28th — 11:30am

Dr. Thea Zunick is a national coaching, speaking, and consulting professional bringing engaging learning material to the work place. During her one-on-one and small/large group sessions, she uses her 12+ years of experience speaking in the higher education sector and dynamic personality to create a fun and safe space for employees, managers, students, and clients. In this space, participants are able to speak honestly and begin to self-reflect leading to growth and development in order to maximize their work efficacy.

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Breakout Sessions

Seven Competencies of Successful Women
Presenter: Erin Fischer
Informed by a study conducted over a year and a half period that identified the top competencies of successful women. In this session, participants will learn the seven things that help women be at their best. Session includes a giveaway of “competency cards” that explain and further define the competencies explored in this session.
Mental Health + Emotional Wellbeing
Presenter: Jodi Romano, SCSW-R –
Mental health has a direct impact in everyone’s lives, and can affect academic, professional, and personal success. When mental health is overlooked, it can have detrimental effects on individuals and their community. Learn the tools to recognize when you or someone you care about needs help, talk about emotional well-being best practices, and best practices on how to seek help.
Collaboration Over Competition
Presenter: Shelby Widgust
From Greek Life to Work Life: Targeted to both undergraduates and alumnae, this session will bring awareness to the importance of and benefits of seeking to collaborate versus adhering to our natural human inclination to compete. Participants will be invited to participate in a conversation around how to seek collaboration opportunities, in various environments and develop, as a group, tools to use in future situations to encourage collaboration and diffuse competition.
Presenter: Deidre Pettinga, PhD
Details coming soon.
The Edge of Empathy
Presenter: Thea Zunik, EdD
We can all benefit from becoming more empathetic listeners, communicators, and people in general. In fact, empathy has grown to be one of the top skills that employers look for when recruiting their top talent as they have found that this skill is one of the things that their most successful leaders have in common. Most of us are on the edge of empathy, about to discover how to engage in it and how to lead with it. This workshop will take you through the many facets of this skill ending in an interactive activity to practice your empathic abilities.
Radical Pause
Presenter: Gelsomina Picariello
Pausing is to the mind what working out is to the body. As humanity we are facing a burnout epidemic where “hustle” has become glorified, but what if we are actually more efficient when we pause? In this workshop, participants will learn strategies that will help them take time daily to pause in order to reach peak performance and avoid stress and burnout.
Two-Word Story Mindset Movement
Presenter: Alia Sobel
In this workshop, participants will learn how to embrace a positive mindset, two words at a time. Through an interactive workshop, participants will pick two words that will propel, focus, and empower them throughout the day and beyond. Together, the women will create a Two Word Story wall, bringing a sense of connection and community to the Convention.
Active Citizens
Presenter: Jessica Ryan
Citizenship centers on active community participation as a result of a sense of responsibility to the communities in which people live. The value of Community for Sigma Delta Tau doesn’t end with a chapter community service project but rather becomes a personal value of each of its members that they carry into their lives. This workshop will help you identify your communities, teach you the eight forms of Individual Civic Engagement from the Social Change Model for Leadership Development, and help outline action steps you can take to be a more active citizen in your community.

Hotel Information

Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square
1800 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

View details of the 2018 National Convention.