AOII On-site Leadership Institute Experience Is Now Virtual

COVID-19 has impacted our world, our Fraternity and our members in unprecedented ways. We have been evaluating all aspects of our operations including our summer Leadership Institute event planned for June 19-20 in Franklin, Tennessee. Keeping the health, safety and well-being of our members, volunteers, delegates, staff and guests as our top priority, the AOII Executive Board has voted unanimously to cancel our 2020 on-site Leadership Institute experience this year.

In place of the on-site event, we are excited to announce a Virtual Leadership Institute will be held enabling even more members to participate in the sisterhood, education, and celebrations that are highlights of every LI. June 19-20 will still be the dates for the virtual event. Please hold the these dates and know that more information will follow regarding online activities, sessions, workshops, and fun! In addition, Network Trainings and/or Board Meetings that usually take place during that week may now take place on other weekend(s), but we are asking Network Volunteers and Board Members to also hold June 17-18 in your calendar until alternate plans are announced. Details on those trainings and/or meetings are currently being developed.

As a reminder, this event is attended by International Volunteers, Alumnae Chapter Presidents, Collegiate Chapter Advisers, Collegiate Chapter Presidents, and collegiate chapter members at large. Chapter Presidents and Chapter Advisers should plan to attend LI or send an alternate if they are not able to participate. We will also be offering a track for emerging chapter leaders. Emerging leaders should be a first- or second-year student who have not yet taken on major leadership roles, but who have shown interest and potential for future leadership.

Registration Information

Registration is now closed. Please email Sarah Tuttle, Assistant Director of Events with questions.

Schedule Information

Friday, June 19 (6:00 – 8:30 pm CDT)
  • Welcome & Keynote Address
  • Collegiate & Alumnae Games/Networking Activities
Saturday, June 20 (11:00 am – 8:00 pm CDT)
  • Keynote Address
  • Fraternity Update
  • Break
  • Learning Tracks & Inspiration Sessions
  • Break
  • Learning Tracks & Mentor Power Hour
  • Break
  • Awards Presentation
  • Leadership Institute Closing

Exact schedule and details will be released to registered attendees closer to the event!

Keynote Speakers

Friday Keynote Speaker:

Chris Meroff, Founder & CEO of Alignment Leadership

Chris Meroff, Founder & CEO of Alignment Leadership

Author, speaker and entrepreneur, Chris Meroff, has made a career of testing new leadership ideas to see what works—and what doesn’t—in service-oriented leadership. What he has gleaned from his research has helped him build a fast-growing organization with a diverse and engaged workforce that understands the mission of his organization and their place in it. His business, Alignment Leadership Consulting, exists to teach leaders how they too can boldly pursue a workplace culture that prioritizes employee fulfillment.

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Saturday Keynote Speaker:

Jaclyn Johnson, Founder & CEO of Create & Cultivate

Jaclyn Johnson, Founder & CEO of Create & Cultivate

Jaclyn Johnson created her career. A power house entrepreneur, by the time she was 28, Johnson had sold her first business, (No Subject), invested in one of the country’s top female owned startups, Away, and launched her second multi million-dollar company, Create & Cultivate.

Johnson recognized a gap in conversations, resources, events and community for female millennial entrepreneurs and responded with a solution, Create & Cultivate, the beloved media platform and nationwide conference. In the process, Jaclyn’s own work-life philosophy, built on the cornerstones of female empowerment, hustling-hard and  innovation have propelled her voice to the forefront of the discussion on workplace equality, a new thought-leader for millennial women and Gen Zers on the career come up. Known for her powerful messaging and often imitated never duplicated style of digital and experiential marketing, Johnson is reshaping attitudes on female entrepreneurialism, work culture and the gig economy for women all over the world.

Johnson’s  First book, WorkParty, offers a rallying cry for women in the workplace. WorkParty is Johnson’s career manifesto sharing her story as well as advice on how she turned distrust into determination, frustration into fuel, and heartache into hard work.

A graduate of NYU, Johnson’s trajectory has been skyrocketing since she founded (No Subject) in 2010. With the launch of Create & Cultivate in 2012, she gained global visibility. Eight years later, Create & Cultivate is bigger than ever, reaching an audience of 1 million millennial women, and hosting over 100 events to date. Past speakers and panelists include celebrities and CEO’s like Kim Kardashian West, Martha Stewart, Chelsea Handler, Jessica Alba, Meghan Markle, Chrissy Teigen, Gloria Steinem, Issa Rae, Nicole Richie and more front-runners in fashion, technology, design and business.

Named a Forbes 30 Under 30, an Adweek Disruptor and profiled in Fast Company, the LA Times, Entrepreneur and more, Johnson has earned her way to the frontlines of a workplace revolution at a time when change agents and disruptors are flexing real influence. With the entirety of her career devoted to building up female entrepreneurs and women in the workplace, 2020 is poised to be Johnson’s biggest year yet.

Forever Friends Information

Interested in honoring an AOII sister? AOII’s Forever Friend program is a wonderful way to say “thank you” to a sister for all she contributes to AOII. It is a program designed specifically to recognize the women who make AOII stronger through dedication and love. Each sister you honor through Forever Friends will receive a personalized certificate recognizing the sister(s) who gave in her honor, as well as a token of thanks for her dedication and service to the Fraternity.

The deadline to submit Forever Friends purchases is June 20 at 12:00 pm CT.


Whova Event App

All Leadership Institute schedule and session links are accessible via the Whova app. Registered attendees will receive an email from Whova to create an account, and once you’ve created your account, you will be able to log on to the app from your smart phone or tablet, or using your desktop browser using the link below.

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We hope you all remain safe and well. We look forward to convening to celebrate our sisterhood at Convention 2021 in Palm Desert, California.

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