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Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority returned to its roots recently to grooms a new generation of leaders by offering a leadership summit for undergraduate members on the campus of Butler University for members of the 93-year-old sorority.
The summit gave the college students, from all over the country, an opportunity to improve their leadership skills, receive executive level training from professionals, and networking with veteran members of the 90,000-plus member sorority.
“The purpose of the summit is to provide professional training and opportunities for our undergraduates. We heard their request for the opportunities to network with executive level personnel,” said Zeretha Washington, chair of the 2015 Undergraduate Leadership Summit. “They wanted opportunities to get exposure on how to write a good resume, how to answer questions correctly in an interview and what to wear to an interview.”
Over the course of a day and a half, undergraduate members attended workshops and participated in mock interviews where they received tips from Sigma Gamma Rho graduate members and other professionals.
“I learned a whole lot, especially when it comes to my resume, appearances and how to speak to others. I learned how to be prepared. These are all tips I am going to apply,” said Nayona Thompson of Virginia State University.
“This training is invaluable and serves as the first step in our strategic plan to train our undergrads and members to become engaged and inspired leaders in the workplace and in the wider community,” said Sigma Gamma Rho President Bonita M. Herring.
Sigma Gamma Rho was founded Nov.12, 1922 at Butler University.