National Leadership Workshop

ALD's 90th Anniversary

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National Leadership Workshop

We're looking forward to a great time in the Twin Cities!

2014 National Leadership Workshop - Oct. 24-26, Minneapolis, MN

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From the time we gather on Friday evening until you leave us on Sunday morning, we're expecting this year's Workshop to be the best ever!  Join 200 of your fellow Alpha Lambda Deltans at the Crowne Plaza Northstar hotel for engaging speakers, informative interest sessions, a chance to give back to our host community, and plenty of time to make new friends from around the country!


On Friday evening, we'll start with keynote speaker Jullien Gordon, co-author of "101 Things to Do Before You Graduate," who will share "The Other 4.0 That Really Matters In College and Life."  Jullien's TED Talk, "How to graduate college with a job you love & less debt" has been a sensation online, and his talks are always energetic and crammed with practical advice on rounding out your college career.  Following Jullien, we'll do our 2014 National Service Project with Sharing and Caring Hands, and then have some time to meet and greet one another during our icebreakers and "Pens and Pins (etc.)" souvenir exchange.

Following breakfast on Saturday, it will be time to break up into our interest sessions, with a broad range of topics from winning ALD awards to effective use of the ALD My Honor Society system.  Interest sessions will last through the morning, and will be followed by a grab 'n' go box lunch.  

Take some time on Saturday afternoon to explore Minneapolis.  Whether you walk to one of Minneapolis' downtown museums or ride the light rail out to the Mall of America, you'll have plenty of time to take in the sights before our 1920's-themed 2014 90th Anniversary Banquet on Saturday night.  Award presentations, a celebration of ALD's 90 years of success, and a few words from 2014 Advisor of the Year Kevin Dougherty (UCLA) will accompany our banquet.

Following that, it will be time to head to the dance floor for swing dancing with instructor Esther Granbois!  After dancing the night away, we'll offer a quick grab 'n' go continental breakfast on Sunday morning, to give you plenty of time to get on the road or back to the airport for your trip home.

Workshop site

The Workshop will be held at the Crowne Plaza Northstar Hotel in Minneapolis, MN:


Interest sessions

This year, we'll be offering nine different interest sessions; each attendee will have the option to select four of these sessions, one from each time block:

First and second sessions:

Third and fourth sessions:

My Honor Society: Using ALD's Online Induction Management System - Members of the National Office Staff share helpful tips and pointers on using ALD's MHS system to your chapter's best advantage!  (Session will be geared towards chapter advisors) Spicing up your ALD Meetings: Improving Member Engagement - Are your chapter meetings a little... dull?  Come pick up some ideas to make your meetings a more engaging experience for your ALD members.
Winning ALD Awards - From helping your chapter prepare an award-winning Order of the Torch scrapbook to a few helpful pointers for preparing an ALD scholarship or fellowship application, get all the "inside track" from award winners and members of the ALD National Council in this session. Service to Others - A large part of ALD's mission is giving back to the community.  Come share your ideas and learn from other chapters some of the best ideas for service projects and how best to implement them.

No More All-Nighters: How To Achieve More, Stress Less, & Stop Procrastinating  - presented by keynote speaker Jullien Gordon.  Have you pulled an all-nighter? Do you say "I work better under pressure." If so, after joining Jullien for this presentation, you will understand and overcome procrastination and perfectionism and manage your busy schedule.

Recruiting and Engaging New Members - Getting the word out to your invitees can be daunting, and engaging new members to do more than just show up at the induction can be just as challenging.  Advisor of the Year Kevin Dougherty and ALD's Director of Social Media Justin Mashburn will share their ideas and encourage you to share your own.
What would you do?  Case Studies in Chapter Leadership - Join us for a discussion of some ideas on how to better manage your chapter.  Share your own ideas and best practices! Advisors' Interest Session - National President Susan Huffman and Executive Director Glenda Earwood head this session for advisors to learn and share best practices for advising an ALD chapter.
Social programming - An open forum for you to share ideas for social programs for your chapter's members - there's more to ALD than chapter meetings and service projects! Social programming - An open forum for you to share ideas for social programs for your chapter's members - there's more to ALD than chapter meetings and service projects!