INDIANAPOLIS (March 4, 2019) – Atlanta, Atlantic City, Chicago, and Reno were home to Alpha Kappa Psi’s flagship event, Principled Business Leadership Institute (PBLI) February 8 – 10 and February 15 – 17. Find pictures from all PBLI events here.
On Friday and Saturday of the event, attendees participated in sessions geared toward leadership development, a keynote presentation, mock interviews, resume reviews, regional meetings, and an awards lunch. Case Competition also took on a new structure at the 2019 PBLI. Attendees were able to create their presentation onsite with a group and present it to the judges. On Sunday, the Chapter Achievement Pathway Track, formerly known as Officer Training, was available to current and incoming chapter officers to learn more about the core seven officer roles.
“I’ll implement what I learned at PBLI by continuing to be an active learner. The learning never stops…not only does that show you’re on the right track, but it encourages you to just go out and do more and to make sure you’re listening, persuading, and changing your mindset…”
– Camille, Zeta Lambda
“Everyone talks about learning and persuasion and how influential your words are toward a target audience, but really showing that you’re actively engaged, and listening to what people are saying is something that I guess anybody in a leadership position or not can implement into their life whether at your chapter or during your professional experiences at work. It was beneficial to see how I can grow as a listener and also a speaker.”
– Morgan, Psi Omicron
Regional meetings at PBLI are where chapters in each of the sixteen regions gather to discuss their goals and success. Some regions discussed Convention preparation while others shared experiences from their chapter. In Atlanta, these meetings incorporated the “roll call” tradition where each chapter in attendance performed a short snippet of a chant that represents their chapter and university. A team of judges decides on a winner from each region. Each winning chapter then competes at the closing session of PBLI Saturday night for the best chapter roll call at PBLI Atlanta. This year’s winner was the Sigma Omega chapter at Florida Atlantic University.
Several awards were presented to collegiate members, officers, volunteers, and alumni. One Distinguished Service Award was presented in Atlanta to Brother Kidd McDonald, Pi ’10-Life.
Case Competition is designed to provide participants an opportunity to react to a pre-determined issue, create a plan to address the core elements of the issue, consult with principled business leaders, and impact the future of the Alpha Kappa Psi community. The United Nations’ Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is used as a framework for the competition.
The Foundation distributed a collective $5,600 in educational grants to Case Competition winners.
Case Competition participants can be found here.
Chapter Achievement Pathway Track
The Chapter Achievement Pathway Track, formerly known as the event Officer Training, is an educational leadership experience which took place on Sunday during PBLI. The event was designed to provide chapter officers with learning focused on serving others, chapter operations, and how to create an officer success plan. The focus of the Chapter Achievement Pathway Track was servant leadership which in turn allowed participants to focus on member retention, teamwork, conflict resolution, and compromise. This experience provided participants with an overview of servant leadership and with the necessary tools to create and sustain a chapter success plan which will lead to increased member engagement and retention. Additional education centered on general leadership skills, understanding AKPsi’s structure, risk management, and individual officer role-based breakouts.