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College students want many things: fun, friends, success, and an opportunity to find their own way toward a fulfilling, happy life. Dr. Erin Foley teaches students how to build a STRONG LIFE. She delivers messages aimed at helping students go after their opportunities with strength, confidence and an eye toward what’s possible. Her messages are full of smart, practical gems that will get students moving forward confidently. As a professor, adviser and sorority alumna, Erin has merged her academic interests with her commitment and passion for Student Development.

Erin was simply amazing! She delivered her message well, and I received so much positive feedback from the entire Panhellenic Community. We couldn't have asked for a better speaker!

Laura Park, University of Pennsylvania's Panhellenic Council


Dr. Erin Foley was the right speaker at the rigth time. Her message was so timely and resonnated very deeply withthe newest members of our Sorority community. Her points for living a strong life and a strong sisterhood is EXACTLY what we wanted our members to hear! Several sorority women commented on how good they felt after the keynote and asked if we could bring her back to speak to the ENTIRE Sorority population, not just the new members. She was engaging, infomative, funny, and just connected will with our students. A fantastic expericene all around!

Michelle Guobadia, University of North Carolina, Charlotte


Erin's Keynote is one of the best I have seen in my 21 years working with the Greek System. Her message is highly engaging, poignant, and filled with gems of practical advice for sorority women on how to break through limiting beliefs.

Dr. Alan DeSantis, University of Kentucky


After hearing Dr. Foley's speech I wanted to go back to my chapter right away and implement what she suggested. I felt empowered to make positive changes in my sorority relationships. You really leave enlightened and motivated!

Jazzmine Wierzbicki-McMickle , Pi Delta Chi


Dr. Foley`s presentation was my favorite lecture I have seen at Oneonta. She was animated and extremely interesting. I have used the tactics I learned a month ago and I am a much happier person. I wish someone told me how to rewrite stress many years ago!

Danielle Berman , SUNY Oneonta




The Fearless Female and the Freedom to be HAPPY

Are you living a fearless life?  Are your days filled with STRONG moments that allow you to feel confident, fulfilled and free to be happy? Are you embracing the very best of what you have to offer?  Today, more than ever, young women have the opportunity to create, lead and connect.  Too often, women are encouraged to focus on looking for happiness and success in all the wrong places. In this leadership and motivation keynote, Erin challenges young women to look closely at the cultural beliefs surrounding femininity.  She explores how these beliefs translate into daily practices and habits that often hold women back.  Most importantly, Erin provides motivating and practical tips for how to rewrite beliefs and daily practices to serve women’s strengths, build their confidence, and cultivate a real sense of happiness.

Erin’s unique perspective draws upon her knowledge of the research on happiness and success in combination with her experiences as a gender professor, advisor and student mentor.  But perhaps most relatable, she brings in examples of her own journey of coming into her strongest self.  It is through this grounded approach, that Erin inspires young women to become the fearless females they were born to be.

Empowering Sisterhood

Becoming an empowered young woman today can be difficult given the myriad of myths that tell women they are not enough.  Cultural messages often encourage females to work against one another instead of with one another. Sorority women have a chance for tremendous self-growth at their fingertips. Sisterhood is a unique opportunity to foster meaningful and empowering relationships that enable young women to become confident, happy and healthy individuals.  But, are today’s collegian members making the most of it?  Are they setting themselves up for the potential benefits of sisterhood?  Or, are they sometimes their sister’s worse enemy?

As a Ph.D. in Communication and Gender Studies, a sorority alumna, professor, adviser, student development contributor and specialist in strength building, Erin has spent nearly a decade exploring these issues with college women. Through her work in the classroom, specialized workshops and one-on-ones with college women, she has developed a fun, humorous, and motivating way to explore, debunk and rewrite the messages that hold sisters back. By taking on myths such as “your appearance is your strongest and best avenue to happiness,” Erin recognizes these limiting myths and replaces them with empowering messages and daily practices, challenging young women to create a sisterhood empowered by their individual strengths and supported by their sisters.


This presentation debunks and rewrites the myths that often limit sisters from becoming their best selves, and it is the perfect keynote for any Panhellenic community building gathering.  It’s also a great choice for alumnae events, leadership conferences, or new member programs.

The Triple S: Self Discovery, Stress Reduction and Strength Building

As students enter their college years, they are often bombarded with information on the many available majors and minors, the dozens of clubs they can join and the multitude of resources for assistance. The recurring message that this time in their life is IMPORTANT is communicated with dizzying effects. What students are often seeking is guidance on how to channel this information in a way that empowers them to take control of their college experience.  They are eager for tools that allow them to navigate this journey in a way that best serves their own unique needs. 

With more than a decade of experience working with college students, Erin developed Triple-S, providing new students with applicable advice on how to make a strong start and then how to make the most of these years.  Specifically, she provides students with motivational and detailed information on how to embrace and take control of this time of self-discovery, how to implement stress-reduction strategies and how to uncover and move toward their own personal strengths. 

Drawing upon research in the field of self-discovery and strength building, Erin’s passion and experience helping students navigate their college journey provides a unique and highly engaging approach to this topic.  She leaves students better able to take charge of their academic quest, their college relationships and their future goals.  Students must learn to study themselves – not just their books!  It is through this keen and insightful approach of self-discovery that they are able to uncover and embrace the best of themselves and the most of their college years.

Erin's Bio

Dr. Erin Foley has undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Communication from the University of Kentucky, and a PhD. from The University of Colorado in Organizational Communication and Gender Studies. She is currently a Professor of Communication at State University of New York at Oneonta. Both inside and outside the classroom, Erin has been a student and teacher of strong living.  Her passion is in discovering and implementing daily practices that build strong, happy lives. In her down time, Erin loves taking dance classes (jazz and hip hop), frequenting coffee shops, watching reality television and finding amazing thrift store deals. She currently resides in Cooperstown, New York, with her sweet Whoodle (Wheaton/Poodle mix), Daisy.


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