2017 Convention Schedule

The Sigma Alpha Convention Committee

is hard at work planning a fun and informative convention in
Columbus, Ohio.

Please note that this schedule is
tentative and is subject to change.

 Sigma Alpha Dress Code Details

Wednesday, August 9    Dress Code  Who Should Attend
 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Chapter Consultant Training  Smart Business Casual  Chapter Consultants Only
 7 p.m.  National Leadership Team Dinner Meeting    National Sorority Board; Chapter Consultants
Thursday, August 10      
 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  National Leadership Team Meeting Smart Business Casual  Smart Business Casual National Sorority Board; Chapter Consultants
 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Collegiate Ambassador/Host Chapter Training  Smart Business Casual  
 Noon to 6 p.m.  Registration    All Attendees
 Noon to 6 p.m.  Professional Headshots  Professional - Smart or Professional  
 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Officer Training  Smart Business Casual  Current Chapter Officers/Others Interested
 3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.  Snack Break    All Attendees
 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.  Delegate Session  Smart Business Casual  Delegates/Alternates Only
 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m.  National Committee Meetings (Ethics, Leadership, Sisterhood, Service, Scholarship)

 Smart Business Casual

 Committee Members
 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.    Free time/dinner on your own  
 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Choir Practice    
 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Leadership Dinner    By Invitation Only
 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Club 1978 Dessert Reception: Disco Through the Decades Casual or 1978 Disco Attire  All Attendees
 Friday, August 11      
 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Registration    All Attendees
 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.  Leadership Breakfast  Professional - Smart or Formal  All Attendees
 9:10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Table Talks   Professional - Smart or Formal  All Attendees
 10:30 a.m. to Noon

 Breakout Sessions

  • Engaging Diversity (Carmen Byce)
  • Emotional Intelligence (Erin Krebs)
  • Industry Involvement for Young Professionals (Melinda Witten, Ohio Farm Bureau)
  • Ag Policy (Yvonne Leskicko, Ohio Farm Bureau)

 Professional - Smart or Formal

 All Attendees

 12:10 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.  Scholarship Luncheon  Professional - Smart or Formal  All Attendees
 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

 Breakout Sessions

  • Recruitment Role Play (Tasha King, National Development Director)
  • Community Service Activity (Jordan Bonham, National Outreach Director)
  • Meeting Usefulness (Kelly Lawler, National President)
  • Communicating with Tact (Michelle Wall)

 Professional - Smart or Formal

 All Attendees

 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.

 Choir Practice

   
 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.

 Breakout Sessions

 Repeat of Prior Sessions

 Professional - Smart or Formal

 All Attendees

 2 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.

 Special Sessions

  • Alumni Session (Kim Stassen, National Vice President)
  • Advisor Session (Jessica Graham, National Professional Programming Director)

 Professional - Smart or Formal

Alumnae

Chapter Advisors (Both University and Sorority)

 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Founders' Celebration Dinner (off-site)    Casual - Convention T-shirt  All Attendees
 Saturday, August 12      
 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.  Service Breakfast  Professional - Smart or Formal  All Attendees
 8:55 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.  Chapter Congress    All Attendees
 10:15 a.m. to Noon

 Breakout Sessions

  • Unconscious Biases (Carmen Byce)
  • Successful Negotiations (Erin Krebs)
  • Executive Presence (Michelle Wall)
  • Personal Branding (William J. "BJ" Warren, Monsanto)
  • Ethics Training (Speaker TBD, AFA)

  Professional - Smart or Formal

 All Attendees

 12:10 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.  Sisterhood Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Kathy Peterson   Professional - Smart or Formal  All Attendees
 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Working with You is Killing Me Workshop with Kathy Peterson   Professional - Smart or Formal  All Attendees
 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 Breakout Sessions

  • Strategic Planning (Carmen Byce)
  • Work/Life Balance (Erin Krebs)
  • The Next Step in your Success (Michelle Wall)
  • Managing Your Personal Finances (Jess Campbell, Farm Credit)

 Professional - Smart or Formal

 All Attendees

 3:40 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Breakout   Professional - Smart or Formal  All Attendees
 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Choir Practice    
 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Presidents' Reception  Semiformal/ Professional- Formal  By Invitation Only
 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Emerald Banquet with Keynote Speaker Leslie Norris Townsend  Semiformal/ Professional- Formal  All Attendees
 Sunday, August 13      
 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  National Sorority Board Orientation  Smart Business Casual  National Sorority Board