Leadership Conference Schedule

Sunday, October 11

9:30 a.m. PT / 12:30 p.m. ET | Virtual Leadership: Keeping Members Engaged Remotely

Click to Register | Registration Limit per Chapter: 6

As colleges redefine how student organizations will operate safely on campus, student leaders must also shift how they operate. Limitations on gatherings and social distancing guidelines may lead to students feeling disconnected and impact mental health, underscoring the need for increased engagement within organizations. So as a student leader, how can you keep your members focused and engaged during the “New Normal”?

Join globetrotting happiness and leadership expert Chris Butsch as he shares his all-new Virtual Leadership Toolkit. First and most pertinently, you’ll learn how to protect your own mental health as a leader during these challenging times. Next, Chris will teach you how to conduct well-attended virtual meetings, design quarantine-friendly programming, and leverage clever online tools to lasso back your member base and recapture engagement.

By mixing mindset coaching with practical application, this program helps student leaders master the basics of remote leadership so that more members can stay connected, positive, and engaged.

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • The Remote Leader Mindset (RLM) – a fresh perspective to help student leaders maintain mental
  • The ABCs of remote communication – 3 simple principles to maximize open rates and virtual meeting attendance
  • How to design remote-friendly programming that keeps members connected to the organization’s purpose
  • A 3-step remote engagement strategy that any leader can follow to increase engagement virtually and other long off-campus periods,
  • How to provide support for members in need

Presented By: Chris Butsch | CAMPUSSPEAK


11:30 a.m. PT / 2:30 p.m. ET | Chapter Operations: Finances + Region Breakout

Click to Register | Registration Limit per Chapter: 10
Estimator/Treasurer strongly encouraged to attend.

Do you find managing money to be complicated or overwhelming? Have you ever been confused about what exactly you’re supposed to do in being in charge of finances? In this workshop, Members will review the essential budget items for their chapter/colony and how to stick to it, everything dues – how to collect, ways to pay, why we collect dues, and the nitty gritty details of rules and regulations.

During the second half of this session, attendees will break out by region.

Presented By: Brice Ohl, Worthy Grand Estimator | Alpha Rho Chi


Sunday, October 18

9:30 a.m. PT / 12:30 p.m. ET |Chapter Operations: Risk Management

Click to Register | Registration Limit per Chapter: 10
Superintendent and/or Sgt. at Arms strongly encouraged to attend.

We’ve all heard the line “We can’t do ‘X’ because of risk management.” But the “why” to that common phrase involves so much more than “because I said so.” This session will explore what risk management really entails, how risk management applies to chapters of Alpha Rho Chi, and ways to prevent, manage, and/or eliminate risk. The session will close with open Q&A.

Presented by: Blaine K. Ayers, Vice President | J.R. Favor and Company


11:30 a.m. PT / 2:30 p.m. ET | Chapter Operations: Events + Communications

Click to Register | Registration Limit per Chapter: 10
Scribe, Clerk and/or event chairs strongly encourages to attend.

How do you plan engaging virtual events? What contingencies do you need to plan for? How do you entice your members and the public to attend? How do you provide equal access to your event and marketing materials? What’s the best way to communicate important information in a positive way? This session will cover the essentials of captivating and thorough event planning during a time when staying connected has become simultaneously easier and harder.

During the second half of this session, attendees will break out to plan an event and communication strategy, to pitch back to the larger group.

Presented by: Catherine H. Berry, Worthy Grand Scribe | Alpha Rho Chi
Mary Stiger, Publications Director | Alpha Rho Chi


Sunday, October 25

9:30 a.m. PT / 12:30 p.m. ET | Leadership Link-Up

Click to Register | Registration Limit per Chapter: 4

Being a student leader comes with highs and lows, triumphs and defeats, conflict and resolution. Being a leader is a constant learning experience with no days off. In this collaborative workshop, we will dive into that experience and consider what it means to be a leader. Through discussion of shared experiences and self-reflection, attendees will develop insight to who they are as leaders within their chapter, their university, and Alpha Rho Chi.

Moderated by: Maggie Mueller, Worthy Grand Inspector | Alpha Rho Chi
Joshua Naputi, Leadership Conference Coordinator | Alpha Rho Chi


11:15 a.m. PT / 2:15 p.m. ET | From Student Leadership to Professional Success: Alumni Panel + Breakout

Click to Register | Registration Limit per Chapter: 10

Alpha Rho Chi’s vast alumni member base covers various professional fields and industries. Between them is a unmatched wealth of valuable knowledge and experience. How did these members get to where they are today? What challenges did they face on their journey, and what are they facing today? What skills from their school years are still useful in their professional life? During this session, our diverse panel of alumni will discuss how being a leader in Alpha Rho Chi has shaped their professional success.

During the second half of the session, attendees will break out into small groups ask questions of the panelists and discuss their experiences as student leaders.

Moderated by: Andrew Marshall, Alumni Director | Alpha Rho Chi


Chad Bard | Demetrios Alumnus

Brother Bard graduated in 1998 from THE Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.  He worked for several smaller firms in Ohio before going back to school to earn a Masters of Architecture from Kent State University.  He returned to Columbus and interned at Moody Nolan, Inc.  In 2014, he moved to Kansas City to take a position at a 45-person firm focused on municipal architecture and is currently a Senior Architect in the Aviation and Federal Global Practice at Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City, Missouri.
Brother Bard was initiated in the fall of 1998.  He previously served the Demetrios Chapter as Worthy Scribe and Worthy Architect and the Demetrios Alumni Association as Secretary of the Demetrios Alumni Association, and has represented both as a delegate to the National Convention.  He currently serves as President of the Demetrios Alumni Association.

Jordan Buckner | Iktinos Alumnus

Brother Buckner took his education in architecture and turned it into a career in entrepreneurship, launching multiple companies. Currently he is the CEO and founder of Foodbevy, the online community for food and beverage founders, and TeaSquares, a line of superfood energy snacks sold in Whole Foods Markets and beyond. Brother Buckner’s personal mission is to create products that enhance people’s lives while giving back and mentoring others to do the same. Forbes awarded him a 30 under 30 recipient in the food and beverage category in 2018. Brother Buckner previously served the Iktinos Chapter as Worthy Architect, and the Anthemios Alumni Association as Treasurer.

Nicole Dress | Vitruvius Alumna

Nicole Morris Dress, AIA, LEED AP, has been involved in various roles within the fraternity since she joined the Vitruvius Chapter in 1986.  Most recently, she completed twelve years as the President of the Alpha Rho Chi Foundation board.  Brother Dress is a registered architect and project manager, most working on large commercial projects in the mid-Atlantic region working out of office in Philadelphia.  She lives with her architect husband and two children in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Chris Gutierrez | Vitruvius Alumnus

Brother Gutierrez is a project manager and the architecture team lead of a vertical farming start-up called Infarm. He has served the Vitruvius Alumni Association as President for the last 4 years. Brother Gutierrez served in many roles with the Vitruvius Chapter, most notably as Worthy Associate Architect.