Collegians and alumni of SAE united from various corners of the country to commence the new year of 2024 with a grand gathering at the luxurious Hyatt Regency in Orange County, California, marking the 85th edition of our esteemed leadership school. It was the perfect opportunity to escape the winter weather, enjoy the sunshine and clear skies, and seize the chance to enhance their leadership skills.
Registration commenced on Thursday, January 4, in the afternoon. Upon check-in, our SAE National Ambassadors assisted attendees in obtaining their name tags, Leadership School t-shirts, SAE-branded water bottles, and stickers. Additionally, the Ambassadors provided attendees with details regarding the raffle ticket system and giveaway items. Throughout the weekend, any brother who contributed an item to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (CMNH) received a raffle ticket for a chance to win a bag filled with SAE merchandise.
Before the first general session, attendees visited vendor tables, donated items to the CMNH raffle, and met with brothers and staff from around the realm.
Our exhibitors were on hand to assist with any questions or issues. We extend our gratitude to the SAE Foundation, Greek Bill, Blue, The SAE Store, Quokka, and NMDP (previously known as Be The Match) for their participation in our event and for sharing valuable insights with our attendees.
Prior to their participation in Leadership School, each attendee was required to register for either the Leadership or Management Track. The Leadership Track was tailored to develop essential skills for leadership roles within a member’s chapter, while the Management Track was explicitly designed for executive council members to address critical chapter and community issues.
Upon registration, attendees were assigned to their respective tracks and grouped into chapter clusters, mirroring their home affiliations. Certain members assumed leadership positions within these groups, such as Eminent Archon, Eminent Deputy Archon, or Eminent Recorder. Each group was guided by a facilitator – alumni, staff, and even SAE National Ambassadors – who gained valuable experience leading groups.
Over the course of the weekend, an array of planned general sessions and chapter meetings addressed a wide range of topics crucial for effective fraternity leadership and management. This ensured new officers received thorough training and support tailored to their roles.
On Thursday, January 4, participants started the event with the Opening Ritual, installed the new Supreme Council, listened to Dr. Josh Schuttes as he discussed the Dyad Brotherhood Assessment, and attended an Onboarding and Officers and Transitions session.
On Friday, January 5th, the schedule encompassed general sessions focusing on Recruitment Planning and The Significance of Member Education. Concurrently, chapter meetings delved into Recruitment Strategies and Implementing the PME.
Saturday, January 6th, participants engaged in enlightening general sessions covering topics such as The Importance of Service, Cultivating Future Leaders, Transitioning from College to Career, and Goal Setting. Additionally, they attended chapter meetings focused on Recruitment Strategies and Implementing the PME.
On the concluding day of Leadership School, Sunday, January 7th, participants engaged in a chapter meeting centered around Action Planning. The day culminated with the final general session featuring our closing keynote speaker, David G. Freitas (Bradley ‘87), who spoke about developing the next generation of leaders. The Graduation ceremony followed.
Amidst our educational event’s intensive workshops and insightful discussions, we infused a dash of excitement and entertainment with a lively Casino and Game Night. It allowed attendees to take a break from the rigorous learning sessions, unwind, and engage in friendly competition while fostering connections with fellow brothers. The venue was transformed into a vibrant casino setting with craps and blackjack tables, roulette wheels, and plenty of poker chips. As attendees entered, they were greeted by the electrifying atmosphere of the casino floor. Other games were available, including basketball, vintage arcade games, mini golf, cornhole, and air hockey.
SAE’s 85th National Leadership School was an extraordinary experience that seamlessly blended fun, engagement, and invaluable learning opportunities. Attendees enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow brothers and gained essential leadership skills that will undoubtedly benefit them in their personal and professional lives. This educational event has left an indelible mark on all who attended, shaping SAEs into stronger, more capable leaders ready to positively impact their chapters and communities.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to Lumatic for their collaboration in sending Sed McCray to capture the memorable moments of Leadership School. Photos are available for viewing and downloading here.