September 11-14, 2021
The recurring theme in business is speed; faster communication, faster transactions, and being faster than one’s competitors. With the expectations in this hot economy for newcomers to hit the ground running, how does one learn the fundamentals of leadership while keeping pace with the speed of change in technology and in the workplace? Where do personal values, teamwork, and an awareness of self-fit in this technology-driven world?
The Academy was created to provide participants with a solid grounding in self-awareness, skills for leading (and contributing), teamwork, and a new perspective on change and systems thinking. It is an all-expenses paid fellowship to a custom designed, hands-on, leadership experience designed to make even the best of Alpha Kappa Psi more impactful, values-based leaders.
Being successful in business takes hard work. It also takes a strong personal values system upon which one consistently acts. Learning how to be successful requires the same. Participants will learn how to become a more positive force in their organization and profession… a leader who makes a visible impact.
2021 Academy Fellows
Minal Aggarwal, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Christopher Aguirre*, Texas Tech University
Maddy Bridges, Auburn University
Megan Cox, Missouri State University
David Hartless, Central Washington University
Kaitlynn Hores, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Jacob Idani*, Nova Southeastern University
Aaron Kellett*, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Xiulan Li, University of Michigan – Dearborn
Ryan Maas*, University of Kansas
Ellie McDougal, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Rob Obermair*, Loyola University Maryland
Jessica Pisano, State University of New York – Geneseo
Adway Raje, University of Texas at Dallas
Kendry Rodriguez, University of Central Florida
Annabel Schulze, The College of New Jersey
Raneem Zaitoun, University of British Columbia
Zinnie Zhang*, Vanderbilt University
Dania Zheng*, Case Western Reserve University
*indicates they were a member of the 2020 class which was invited to attend this year due to Covid-19.
2020 Academy Fellows
Jordyn Elizabeth Thompson, Lipscomb University, Bluegrass Delta Kappa
Christina Scott, Missouri Western State University, Rho Upsilon
Quinn Cole, Loyola University New Orleans, Sigma Psi
Dena Moser, Stetson University, Theta Mu
Aaron Kellett, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Chi Zeta
Rob Obermair, Loyola University Maryland, Chi Iota
Morgan Sassetti, University of Mississippi, Rho Tau
Ethan Furnish, Indiana University, Beta Gamma
Victoria Silvani, Louisiana State University, Beta Chi
Dania Zheng, Case Western Reserve University, Omicron Chi
Casey Vargas, Arizona State University, Iota Xi
Max Egan, University of Alabama, Alpha Rho
Ryan Maas, University of Kansas, Psi
Jacob Idani, Nova Southeastern University, Omega Rho
Jillian Stachura, Shippensburg University, Xi Tau
Hannah Hurst, University of Cincinnati, Eta
Christopher Aguirre, Texas Tech University, Eta Theta
Zinnie Zhang, Vanderbilt University, Omega Nu
Alpha Kappa Psi wants to thank those 2020 Academy Fellows who were able to participate in the virtual experience. We’ve all had a challenging year and the time, energy, and attentiveness each of you gave did not go unnoticed.
Where is it held?
Held at the Waycross Conference and Retreat Center, the Academy takes advantage of the tranquil setting of 410 acres of woods, hills and streams, allowing the participants to get away from the everyday distractions of life… making the program both productive and comfortable.
How is the Academy different from other AKPsi experiences?
The Academy is like no other Alpha Kappa Psi educational experience. It is an intimate, hands-on, challenging learning experience for the most committed Alpha Kappa Psi members. It is a unique program designed especially for those who demonstrate qualities of future business leaders. With an attendance cap of 20 in a remote location, a highly interactive experience is guaranteed. Through the generous support of Alpha Kappa Psi alumni and friends, the AKPsi Foundation provides an educational grant covering all expenses for those attending the three-day experience.
Who is eligible?
Students must have a 3.00 cumulative GPA or higher (on a 4.00 scale) to apply. No minimum time of membership is required, and acceptance as a program participant is contingent on full initiation prior to Academy dates.
Preference will be given to applicants who have at least one full year of student membership in AKPsi to complete after the 2021 Academy dates but any current pledge or student member in good standing as of the application deadline may apply.
What should I expect?
- An opportunity for active learners to share ideas, explore issues and offer insights to others.
- An integrated curriculum in which diverse teaching techniques will meet the needs and styles of all participants.
- An interactive experience in which each participant is not only a learner but also a teacher.
- An alcohol and drug-free experience.
The Academy focuses on the concepts, skills, and values which leaders need to be effective in their role as principled business leaders. The program centers primarily on the individual rather than the organization. Interactive large group sessions are complemented by small group discussions led by Alpha Kappa Psi alumni and successful business leaders.
Academy participants will:
- Clarify personal values and understand how to act with integrity
- Understand leadership styles, strengths, and areas of development
- Build an awareness of the influence of assumptions and bias in leadership
- Understand the change process
- Work in a team to apply knowledge
- Reflect on experience and develop personal action steps
- Strengthen relationships with other members
What is the cost to participate?
There is no cost to attend the Academy. The Alpha Kappa Psi Foundation will pay for tuition, airfare (airfare not to exceed lowest coach airfare from participant chapter location to Indianapolis), ground transportation, lodging, meals and supplies.