Love yourself. Love your chapter. Love your community.
These were the three fundamental themes that the Coalition for Collegiate Women’s Leadership (CCWL) promoted, encouraged and actively addressed during their annual conference for Greek women leaders. This conference gathered Panhellenic women from a variety of southern schools in Atlanta, Georgia from February 21 through 24. Two Panhellenic representatives from each chapter at the University of Florida had the privilege of attending this amazing conference. Although each woman came from different backgrounds, sororities and universities, they all shared a common love and passion for growing as individuals and as a Panhellenic community.
Upon arriving to Atlanta last Friday, the UF Panhellenic Council joined hundreds of other eager women at the first presentation of the conference. Alison B. Keller, the Executive Director for CCWL, commenced the conference by stating, “This weekend is all about learning the value of a woman’s voice.” This empowerment was the foundation of the conference as the ladies learned the important role that the Greek community – and women as a whole – play in making the world a better place.
On Saturday and Sunday, they attended powerful speeches and had the opportunity to attend several breakout sessions of choice. These sessions were led by charismatic experts who addressed a variety of topics such as: mental health, applying for internships and recruitment. The conference concluded with a banquet where the UF Panhellenic Council received two Excellence awards and the Advisor of the Year Award. More importantly than the plaques and recognition, the ladies learned, connected, grew and embraced the Panhellenic community as being more than a street with houses and letters.
Similar to how our sisterhood persists throughout a lifetime, the lessons and empowerment showcased at CCWL extend beyond the four-day conference itself. Elizabeth Amat, an attendee and President of the Junior Panhellenic Council, explained, “I truly feel like I’m returning to Gainesville as a stronger leader for my chapter and I’m ready to share the things I’ve learned with all the amazing women in the Panhellenic community.” The conference urged its audience to turn empowerment into action, and the UF Panhellenic Council plans to do just that in continuing the love, growth and sisterhood in our community.