Programming & Events


Training and workshops are an integral part of every Convention. For Convention 2017, the Convention Committee has developed workshop sessions that focus on important chapter and individual development needs, and that will play a vital role in maintaining a viable organization and sisterhood. 

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Workshops Descriptions

Girl Up Presentation

Service Project

Keynote Speaker: Cori Ahrens

Yoga for EveryONE (Track 1: The Soul of a Butterfly)

Presenter: Alejandra O'Connor

Yoga has a stereotype of being for slender Caucasian women. However, the benefits of mediation through the physical poses is something that everyone can receive. If you often find yourself in yoga class thinking, " What am I doing here? These poses aren't made for my body," I have some modifications for you! If you've ever tried yoga and thought that it was the most uncomfortable thing you've ever done, I encourage you to try it again. Trial and error is the name of the game when finding a practice that works for you. Yoga is the only exercise based around movement of the spine. By using your own body weight, you can build strength and flexibility of the body and the mind.

MixxedFit (Track 1: The Soul of a Butterfly)

Presenter: Ayumi Kunihiro

MixxedFit® is a people-inspired dance fitness program that is a mix of explosive dancing and boot camp toning. Everything about our dance fitness program can be described as explosive – all of our movements are always big, exaggerated, full-out, and our very best.

In Our Own Voice: Mental Health Awareness (Track 1: The Soul of a Butterfly)

Presenter: Rebecca Green

The purpose of this presentation is to change attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with a mental illness. Between sections of a video created by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which features the stories of numerous persons living with mental illness, the presenter will share personal stories and ask questions of the audience. Going to this presentation will provide participants with a first-hand account of what it's like to live with a mental illness and will demonstrate that it's possible to live well with mental illness. There will be opportunities to ask questions to allow for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispel stereotypes. In addition, sisters will be able to participate in a simulation activity and learn the basics of Mental Health First Aid. It's a very hopeful and interactive presentation. Mental illness is not often something we talk about in such an open forum and I think it could really help sisters develop a better understanding, support each other, and promote anti-stigma awareness.

OrgSYNC (Track 2: The Art of Butterfly Business)

Presenters: Amanda Tomchak; Katherine Gipson-McLean; Stephanie Chavez

Join us as we explore the basics of getting into OrgSync, navigating around the system and understanding the importance of it in the organization.

Post-UnderGrad, Resumes, and Networking: Oh MY! (Track 4: The Boss Butterfly)

Presenters: Dr. Kennetha Frye; Lauren Merikas NCC, LPC; Angelina Knies

Looking for a job? Need help with your resumé? Does networking give you anxiety? If you have answered yes to any of these questions then you do not want to miss out on this interactive presentation that will span two hours and cover multiple components necessary to obtain your first job after grad school. The initial part of the presentation will be a panel of postgraduate sorors giving first hand advice and experience on their experience obtaining their first job right out of graduate school. The second part of the presentation will be a breakout session with each presenter taking on a small group of members in the audience each and providing edits to their resumés, curriculum vitas, and cover letters. The final part of the workshop will focus on networking strategies as well as multiple role plays to help sisters get over the fears of networking. Both undergraduate and graduate participants will walk away with a better understanding of not only obtaining their first job, but mastering the steps in the process. You do not want to miss this presentation!

Mindfulness and the Undergrad Experience (Track 1: The Soul of a Butterfly)

Presenters: Brianna Barrett; Darnisha Pitts

“Mindfulness and the Undergraduate Experience” has the goal of bringing awareness of the different stressors that accompany life at a university to our sisters, and how we can learn to cope with and overcome them. Darnisha and I plan to include a brief presentation on positive and negative stressors as well as interactive opportunities to practice mindfulness followed by a short video. Discussion of sisters’ experiences will be incorporated throughout the program to promote interaction among sisters, and to reaffirm that this would be a safe space for confidentiality. Takeaways from the program would not only be mental and emotional, but physical too! Towards the end, we would have anti-stress baggies filled with journals, pens, stress balls, and treats available for all participants.

Stop, Drop, & Stroll (Track 2: The Art of Butterfly Business)

Presenters: Katelyn Lauber; Chanel Friday

We plan to teach a commemorative 20th Anniversary Stroll, in hopes to unite sisters from across the nation for this momentous occasion. During our session we will teach the 20th Anniversary stroll step-by-step to a popular 90's song. We hope that this workshop can be helpful to those sisters who hope to acquire a new stroll to take home to their chapters. We would also like to suggest helpful hints to empower our sisters to create their own strolls. We will encourage sisters to upload their existing strolls to a folder on the National OrgSync page, with the expectation that strolls will not be changed or modified. This program would strengthen our sisterhood internally outside of our respective chapters and regions as a way to deepen our bonds cross nationally

Dreaming Big (Track 4: The Boss Butterfly)

Presenter: Maralis Mercado Emerson; Carla Rodriguez

What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail? What would your life look life if you had a space that promoted creativity and did away with fear? This workshop will examine the influence creative spaces have in exploring endless possibilities and achieving one’s BIG DREAM. Participants will have the opportunity to create a personal definition of success though the process of unconventional vision planning and goal setting that encourages dynamic thinking and innovative problem solving.

Understanding Your Emotional Intelligence (Track 1: The Soul of a Butterfly)

Presenter: Iris Lovell

This workshop is to help you understand how your "emotional intelligence" is the “something” in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results. Your emotional intelligence is the foundation for a host of critical skills—it impacts most everything you say and do each day. This workshop is an interactive way to learn more about your emotional intelligence, become aware of your areas of opportunities and learn best practices for improvement.

Self-Care as an Act of Resistance (Track 3: The Butterfly Effect)

Presenters: Hashim Benford; Tiffany Benford

What is your social justice footprint? Join us as we discuss our how our intent impacts the communities we serve especially when we don't prioritize our own self care.

Swim Like A Shark, Look Like A Nemo: A discussion about navigating and achieving professional success in sometimes turbulent waters (Track 4: The Boss Butterfly)

Presenter: Elizabeth Edwards

This program will discuss practical advise for finding and establishing authority and reliability in the workplace, successfully managing your work (and sometimes those around you), and dealing with common problems in the workplace. We will discuss dealing with difficult co-workers, including managers, managing from below, communicating effectively, developing leadership, problem solving, and burnout, especially in relation to social justice and non-profit work. This session will briefly address considerations for career choices and higher education. The session should be applicable to both GAP and undergraduate sisters and will encourage facilitated discussion among sisters.

To STEP or not to STEP (Track 2: The Art of Butterfly Business)

Presenters: Latasha Murray-Golden; Kelly Prida; Shannen McFarlane

In this interactive workshop, sisters will learn the history of performance in Theta Nu Xi and how to integrate performance into your chapter's programming and brand, regardless of skill level.

The Truth About Fake News (Track 3: The Butterfly Effect)

Presenter: Tanya Arditi Saavedra

This year's past election popularized the term "fake news". Since then it has been used to describe news that conflicts with ones belief, but what is fake new really? This presentation will provide a clear and concise definition as well as provide tips on identifying and fighting fake news.


Presenters: Julie Willig, Campaign Manager, Girl Up; Tristan Bailey, Director of Philanthropy and Fundraising, Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.

Girls are powerful. When girls stand up for girls in need, they empower each other and transform our world. Girl Up and Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. have partnered together to create a world where girls everywhere are more educated, healthy, safe and empowered to be leaders. This workshop will show you to help advance Girl Up’s mission of uniting girls to change the world by fundraising, advocating, raising awareness and giving back locally.

Presenter Bio: Julie Willig, Campaign Manager, Girl Up has been with the UN Foundation for the past eight years. In her current role, Julie oversees Girl Up’s fundraising and advocacy strategies, building a movement of support for adolescent girls and UN causes. She created Girl Up’s signature Teen Advisor, Clubs and Campus programs, which have trained more than 24,000 girls from the U.S. and around the world since the campaign  launched in 2010. Prior to joining Girl Up, Julie has also worked on issues such as malaria and HIV/AIDS. She holds a B.S. in Neuroscience and  Medicine, Health and Society from Vanderbilt University.


This year for the Service Project we will be volunteering (and donating) to the Ronald McDonald House. We will have a limited number of slots available (20 total) for sisters to sign up to volunteer on 8/4 from 12 to 2pm. Please be on the lookout for an official email inviting you to sign up in the coming weeks.

For those who wish to contribute, we will also be collecting donations (monetary contributions from sisters or chapters, or items will both be accepted). Please click here to see the wish list with items we will be accepting.

If you have any questions, please email the Convention Committee at