Fraternity & Sorority Life

Headbands of Hope

Jess Ekstrom started Headbands of Hope when she was in college. For every headband sold, one is given to a child with cancer. Recently, she teamed up with Vistaprint to show their DIY Headband Days that they bring to kids with cancer all over the world. Interested in bringing Jess to your campus? Visit

The Problem With Reporting

By: Tracy Maxwell, CAMPUSPEAK Speaker Why we can’t wait for or rely upon hazing being reported This summer, Congressional Representatives Pat Meehan (R-PA) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) introduced legislation called the Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (or REACH Act) that would require colleges and universities to both educate students about hazing and report hazing […]

Circles of Grace: Taking Diversity from Head to HEART

By: Justin Jones-Fosu, Speaker Have you ever wondered how one event can happen and yet so many people see it from so many different perspectives? I remember about three years ago I was perplexed by an event, and I saw people on social media taking a whole different perspective. I couldn’t accept the “let’s agree […]

Permission to Screw Up

“Having a young leader like Kristen Hadeed in the world gives me hope for the future. In a world in which numbers often seem more important than people, Kristen remains steadfast in her belief that her people are always her priority.” —Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why and Leaders Eat Last   Kristen Hadeed […]

Old Keys Don’t Open New Doors

By: James Robilotta, CAMPUSPEAK Speaker One of the biggest threats to organizational success are individuals who were part of a system or team when it was working in the past. Reason being, these are the first people to say, “This is the way we have always done it.” AKA, the leadership phrase of death. Sometimes, […]

Anyone That Truly Cares About Their Organization Has Thought of Quitting

By: David Stollman, CAMPUSPEAK President & Speaker Nobody talks about it, but anyone that truly cares about their organization has thought of quitting. It might be a fleeting thought, but it is there. Don’t feel guilty about it. It is a natural part of caring as much as you do. You’re reading this because you’re a […]

3 Things We Can Learn From Students’ Secret Fears

What if you could jump into your students’ minds and see what is preventing them from being the person they aspire to be? For the past few years, I’ve collected thousands (and still collect) thousands of students’ fears as a way to connect and speak specifically to their internal struggles with the hope that it […]

Few Talk, Many Affected: Changing the Culture About Men’s Mental Health

Dr. Kevin Snyder has presented over 1,150 programs in all 50 states and has been with CAMPUSPEAK for over a decade. He’s also a former Dean of Students, an author with a best-selling book, and a professional speaker with a wealth of unique expertise both in Student Affairs and in corporate America. We sat down […]

Listen Up!

When was the last time you really listened to someone? I mean really, truly listened—with no phone in your hand, no earbud in one ear, no inner monologue? Chances are it’s been a while. Listening is an incredibly powerful skill—and an even more powerful tool. By truly listening to someone, you’re ensuring their voice is […]

Headbands of Hope: Celebrating Five Years with Five Important Lessons

April 25th will be the five year anniversary of my college startup, Headbands of Hope. For every headband sold, one is given to a child with cancer. I was inspired to start Headbands of Hope after an internship with a wish-granting organization. I discovered kids losing their hair to chemotherapy and wanting to wear headbands […]

Legendary Leadership: 4 Ideas to Transform Your Leadership from Average to Awesome!

Legends are not born, they are made. To be clear, legendary leadership is not about creating legendary individuals, but rather legendary organizations, movements, and causes. True legends are remembered, not because they focused on themselves, but because they focused on something bigger than themselves. Applying these 4 Ideas will move your leadership from merely average […]

See something, say something: how confrontation makes us better

    Years ago, there was a student on our team—I’ll call her Julie—who did some strange things while cleaning our clients’ homes. She would try on clients’ shoes, spray on their cologne, play their very old, very expensive and very off-limits pianos (“Mary Had A Little Lamb,” no less), and she even made a […]

The need for conversations on masculinity.

For me, masculinity has always been an interesting concept. I grew up in a military family surrounded by what some might consider ideologies of “traditional” masculinity. My father was stoic and expected achievement. Our lives were heavily ordered, and he served as the primary breadwinner, while my mother was a source of emotional support and […]

Words Make a Difference

  Recognizing people is one the most important parts of being a leader, and it’s also one of my favorite parts. Praising and complimenting others has always come naturally to me, and I love making people feel good about themselves. But the first time I remember my positive words really making an impact on someone […]

The Power of Belonging

      Over the last four years, I have engaged in an in-depth inquiry into the nature of fraternal brotherhood and sisterhood. I have learned a great deal about the fraternal experience in those four years, and have published and presented research that I think represents a fundamental shift in focus for those of us […]

Leadership Misconceptions: How Extraordinary Leaders Inspire and Lead Differently

  Leadership is… action, not position. transformation, not a transaction. influence, not management. a verb, not a noun. Whether I am speaking to student audiences or corporate organizations, the challenges and frustrations I hear leaders talk about have common threads. The seasoned executive and department manager are very likely dealing with many of the same […]

Tom Healy releases his new book, Limitless Leadership.

  Speaker Tom Healy is passionate about helping students reach their extraordinary leadership potential. For the past seven years, Tom has used his straightforward style to empower students by challenging them, making them laugh and most importantly, helping them thrive as a leader in everything they do! Tom recently released his new book, Limitless Leadership: […]

The #1 most underrated leadership quality & why you need it!

When you think of a leader what do you initially think of? Do you think of a person that is a great delegator, a great communicator and an inspirer? Well one of the most underrated qualities of a great leader is humility. I am sorry that I said the bad “H” word, but it is true. While many leaders […]

The DNA of Extraordinary Leadership: An interview with Dr. Kevin Snyder

Whether he’s speaking to college students or corporate executives, Kevin Snyder engages and entertains audiences by sharing powerful lessons of leadership inspiring them to think bigger, overcome adversity and work together to achieve common goals. Kevin has presented over 1,150 programs in all 50 states and has been with CAMPUSPEAK for nearly a decade. He’s […]

Brotherhood and Sisterhood, Simply Isn’t Enough.

The most impactful, longest lasting benefit of fraternal membership are the close bonds formed, but… What do you DO with brotherhood and sisterhood once created? Seriously, do we just sit around and enjoy it? Is that really why fraternities and sororities exist? Shouldn’t we ask how do these relationships advance your members’ lives? Does creating […]

Redefining Brother & Redefining Sisterhood:
Recruitment Edition

When I have a chance to speak with students about brotherhood and sisterhood, I always ask them whether or not, when they were going through the recruitment process, they chose the chapter that they eventually joined, at least in part, because of their perception of its brother/sisterhood. Inevitably, almost every hand in the room goes […]

It’s time for a chapter check-in

Summer is still one of my favorite times of the year. There seems to be a different kind of balance between work and relaxation. It is a time when we are reunited with friends and family on vacations or perhaps making new friends at National Conventions or summer leadership programs. For me, it has also […]

Brotherhood and sisterhood matter

About four years ago I was sitting in a cabin on a lake in Alabama plugging away at my dissertation. At the time, I was thinking about some of the environmental and contextual factors that may influence hazing. We usually think about this within the context of a campus environment, but I began thinking about […]

Buy in (and don’t) get out!

I’m known for a program called, Buy In or GET OUT! Usually, I’m challenging student leaders of our fraternity and sorority communities to hold their members accountable to a higher standard of behavior – one that reflects the oaths all members take upon their initiation. And, if members aren’t willing to “Buy In,” we should […]

Three choices sorority women make to stand out in a crowd

College can be both an exciting and intimidating experience, and I am sure that you will agree with me that there is no better choice you made to maximize your college experience than joining your sorority! Being a part of your sorority provides you and thousands of college women with opportunities to launch and maintain […]

I hate that chapter, but I don’t know why

Why you need more collaboration than competition! Would you rate the organizations on your campus as being more competitive or collaborative? If your campus is like mine, then the fraternities and sororities may get along on the surface, but behind closed doors (and sometimes not so behind) there are divisive rivalries and unhealthy competition. Maybe […]

Three reasons Greek life is a great place to address mental health

This article first appeared on The Huffington Post Fraternities and sororities have a lot of stereotypes that they are constantly fighting. To the outside world these organizations can come across as superficial cliques that are unnecessarily selective and just want to party. There is a lot of attention paid to individual chapters that are involved […]

Using recruitment for feedback and growth

Recruitment is the time we convince new members to join our chapters. At the same time it is also a period for self-reflection. With the right work, we can use recruitment activities to learn about our chapter brand, how we are perceived on campus, and reevaluate whether or recruitment methods are effective. Too often we […]

Sealing the deal: The importance of how you offer a bid

Offering someone their bid can be one of the most significant parts of the recruitment process. Not only is this sealing the deal on recruitment but it is also the beginning of membership in the chapter. Between the meetings, conversations, and values explored in recruitment, by the time we are ready to offer an individual […]

Using academics in chapter recruitment

As college-based organizations, academics are the reason our members come to our campus and the core of why we exist. Regardless of why your members joined your chapter, one of our main priority should lie in helping your members excel academically. The beauty of this though is that academics can also be used as a […]

Defining your chapter brand

Every successful organization has a great brand. Think about any brand that you personally love. Chances are that brand is tied to you because of the emotional and mental associations you have for this organization. These brands are compelling; we know the check mark represents Nike and everyone is familiar with a Coke can. These […]

CAMPUSPEAK’s Recruitment Boot Camp partners with Sigma Alpha Epsilon

CAMPUSPEAK’s Recruitment Boot Camp has formed a partnership with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity to provide recruitment education and consulting services to support further implementation of the True Gentleman Experience (TGE). RBC will provide strategic guidance, national programming, staff and volunteer training, customized e-learning initiatives, and a library of officer

CAMPUSPEAK team members elected to lead AFA in 2015

CAMPUSPEAK is proud to recognize our speakers and facilitators who have been elected to serve the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors in leadership roles! We are thrilled that facilitator Veronica Hunter who has been elected to lead the Association as President for the 2015-2016 term, and are also excited to congratulate speaker and facilitator Michelle Guobadia […]

Three keys to motivating your members: S.S.S.

Asking members to do something Small, Significant, and Specific has been the most effective way I’ve seen. Do not confuse asking your MEMBERSHIP with asking your MEMBERS. Passing a sign-up sheet around a meeting isn’t good enough. The most effective leaders lead persons, not a group of people. When people feel a personal connection to […]

Bringing values back to sorority recruitment

Laurel Peffer Price shares how Recruitment Boot Camp is revolutionizing Panhellenic Recruitment Counselor Training. In the world of a Panhellenic community, Formal Recruitment often feels like the penultimate event for which our chapters have trained all year. They’ve spent tireless hours rehearsing door chants, practicing songs, perfecting decorations and memorizing bump group

Forming a new partnership

Alpha Kappa Lambda Contracts Recruitment Boot Camp to Manage All Fraternity Growth Initiatives Alpha Kappa Lambda (AKL) has formed a partnership with Recruitment Boot Camp (RBC) to provide the fraternity services in all areas of recruitment and growth including: expansion to new campuses, staff management, educational programming, development of e-learning tools, chapter

Tips on crushing conferences

David Stollman is one of the leading speakers on Fraternity and Sorority Life, traveling to hundreds of campuses and a dozen of conferences each year. If there’s one person that knows how to crush a conference, it’s David. Here are ten tips directly from David that will ensure you get the most of your time […]

Breaking down How Women Haze: Obedience leads to power

How is it that these caring, compassionate women can become “mean girls”? Lorin Phillips, speaker with CAMPUSPEAK, admits she is still asking herself this question. It’s the culture where a myriad of hazing activities can be seen as acceptable, a culture where women are seeking out power through obedience. It’s this culture that Lorin is […]

Chapter recruitment doesn’t have to be hard

“Chapters make recruitment way more difficult than it needs to be,” says Tom. Tom Healy is a recruitment specialist who works with hundreds of fraternity and sorority chapters each year on their mission to recruit more high-quality members. Tom wants you to know it doesn’t have to be so hard. With the release of his […]

Character determines how we face everything

“We’re all going to face tough times in life, we can’t hide from challenges, whether it’s with academics, our social life, our family, or an organization we’re in. It’s how we face these challenges in life that determines who we are, determines our character and determines our happiness in life.” New speaker, Jeremy Poincenot, believes […]

The positive impact of an every|day hero

Each day, we hope for a safe, fulfilling and enriching environment for students on college campuses. And everyday, students face situations—some big, some small—that present them with the opportunity to impact their campus in a positive way. But do they possess the confidence and courage to intervene in a problem situation? Through his keynote, RESPONSE […]

The commitment to fraternity and sorority life

Joining a sorority or fraternity is not just a collegiate experience, but a lifelong commitment. We take a vow, recite a pledge, light candles, “cross the sands”, sing songs, take an oath, hold hands, cry, scream, jump, and shout with happiness. It’s not uncommon in NPHC organizations to hear, for example, “Kappa Alpha Psi ‘til […]

It’s heating up!

David Stollman, the man who can get your students to Buy In or GET OUT! of your organization is gearing up for the busy semester ahead. Will he be at your campus? You’ve probably seen him at one of the regional Fraternity and Sorority Life conferences throughout the year—now it’s time to take his message […]

Gearing up for Greek Week

By David Stollman In theory, Greek Week is a chance for a community to celebrate what it means to be a member of a fraternal organization. It is a chance for us to highlight what our community means to us, and to the campus at large. Showcase what makes us great, and even remind our […]

Start with recruitment, end with a legacy

Tom Healy wants students to step up to the leadership opportunities they’re apart of during college. There’s no coasting with Tom, only excellence. “You are leaving a legacy whether you like it or not—it is up to you to leave a positive legacy,” says Tom. Tom is passionate about getting students to leave a lasting, […]

Buy in or get OUT! Twitter chatter

David Stollman has a lot to say about Fraternity and Sorority Life, and so do the students that attend his keynotes. Chatter from the audience is not necessarily a negative thing when David is speaking as he encourages dialogue through Twitter during his Buy In or Get OUT! After all, he’s there to start those […]

Leave a lasting legacy of great members

Fraternity and Sorority recruitment—every chapter does it, but is it being done in the most effective way? Tom Healy, Recruitment Specialist with Recruitment Boot Camp (RBC), joins the CAMPUSPEAK speaker roster this spring! Tom knows recruitment. From being highly involved during his undergraduate years with his fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon to his experience working with […]

Experience to build better Fraternities and Sororities

Joining a fraternity or sorority is a lifelong commitment. It’s a brother- and sisterhood that sticks with you wherever you go during college, and stays with you even after the days of college. Unfortunately, this is one commitment that many members seem to forget. David Stollman has been an active volunteer of his fraternity, Sigma […]

You don’t have to call it recruitment, but you better start doing it!

Michelle Guobadia, CAMPUSPEAK 2011 new speaker and facilitator, presented at February’s AFLV, Central Spotlight Stage about recruitment, or the lack thereof, in culturally based organizations. “I believe culturally based organizations are dying from SPPD—a slow, painful and very public death—this is what is going on at our campuses. Somehow we have forgotten how to bring […]

Make A Promise to Live Your Rituals Everyday

By MARI ANN CALLAIS, PH.D. The current world of fraternity and sorority life is seeking many of the same answers those of us were seeking twenty plus years ago. We continue to search for “the answers” when it comes to our members really “getting it”. As I have traveled the country speaking on college campuses, […]