Emory Lives Here: 2017 Regional Leadership Conference Renews Emory Pride

For 22 Southeastern Emory alumni chapter leaders, the Regional Leadership Conference in Miami, FL forged collaboration and friendship.

By Michelle Valigursky
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Amid the sun, surf, and sand of Miami, Florida, Emory alumni leaders gathered at the Conrad Hotel for the 2017 Regional Leadership Conference (RLC). As attendee and Nashville Chapter President Alicia Brandewie 12C wrote, “I came in eager to learn the minutiae of running a chapter and I left with more than just new skills. I left with a renewed spirit of Emory pride.”

Hosted by the Emory Alumni Association’s Global Alumni Relations team, the weekend was structured to introduce leaders to core messaging and Emory institutional priorities. “The weekend gave alumni the chance to hear from staff, network with one another, and plan events for the upcoming fiscal year,” says Latasia Priest, associate director for Global Alumni Relations.

Camaraderie flourished among the 22 chapter leaders, two Emory Alumni Board members, and 12 staff members present. Workshops and presentations provided insight into Emory planning. A panel comprised of Emory Trustee Teresa Rivero 85Ox 87B 93PH, Emory College Alumni Board member Karen Zinn 82C, and Emory Alumni Board member Sara Nicholson 04MBA discussed the dynamics of leadership. This conversation was moderated by Emory Alumni Board President Elect Ashley Grice 97PH 03MBA.

“Expanding Emory’s regional and international engagement through interactive admission programs, service, shared interests, career networking, and lifelong learning are just a few ways that the Emory alumni community continues to grow stronger every day,” says Jennifer Kyles 98Ox 00C, senior director of Global Alumni Relations. “We appreciate our alumni leaders for their invaluable contributions to growing Emory’s presence and reputation around the world.”

Alicia Brandewie thanked the Emory Alumni Association staff hosting the event. “Your dedication, talent, and generosity make Emory an incredible and dear community, and I am certain this weekend’s energy will translate into thriving chapters.”

Tallahassee Chapter Co-President William Arnold 06Ox 03C thanked the Emory Alumni Association staff hosting the event. “I want to say thank you again for hosting the successful Miami event and how well you and your staff executed it. I am bringing back many valuable lessons, best practices, and ideas to the Tallahassee chapter that we can quickly implement.”

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