|Friday, June 28 – Sunday, June 30, 2019
|Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center
1800 Highway 26E
Grapevine, Texas 76051-9641
|May 1 – May 15: Register Here
|Coastal Greek | Wooly Threads
Get excited for a full weekend! Our Volunteer Summit schedule is designed to maximize your time and get you the information you need most in order to thrive in your volunteer role. The official program will kick off with breakfast Saturday morning.
We’re planning three dynamic keynote sessions focused on exploring your strengths using the StrengthsFinder assessment, understanding current trends in higher education and how they impact you as volunteers, and digging into diversity and inclusion and what those topics mean for us as a women’s organization. Add to that two dedicated blocks of time for meeting with your team so you can focus on building those relationships that will help you succeed.
We will conclude the weekend by 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Click here to view our full schedule. We can’t wait to welcome you in Dallas for this full weekend!
National Officers: District support volunteers must arrive in time for a 7:30 p.m. district meeting. All other national officers need to arrive for the first event of the summit, which is at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 29.
ABS/RS: Plan on arriving at the hotel in time for a 2:00 p.m. meeting on Friday, June 28. These meetings are required for recruitment supervisors and highly recommended for new advisory board supervisors. An ABS/RS not attending the Friday night meetings should plan on arriving in time for the 8:00 a.m. first event of the summit.
All Attendees: All attendees—should not plan on booking a flight before 2:00 p.m. knowing that programming does not wrap up until 12:15 p.m.
UPDATE ON SOUTHWEST AIRLINES AND LOVE FIELD
If you are able to find a flight directly on the Southwest Airlines website that is more than $50 lower than your preferred flight out of DFW, you may book that flight with a personal credit card and submit reimbursement. Please receive your supervisor’s approval before booking. Because Southwest only flies into Dallas Love Field Airport, it will be necessary to take a Super Shuttle to the event hotel. This shuttle would need to be reserved and paid for in advance by the traveler, but can be submitted for reimbursement along with the flight.
Please be sure to allow additional time to get to and from DFW if flying on Southwest into Love Field.
Travel: Check out the Sigma Kappa’s Travel Policy first, then contact Gina Farrar, meetings and events specialist, 317-381-5511, with questions related to Canyon Creek.
Registration: Contact Sarah Eller, director of alumnae services, 317-381-5518, for changes in your registration.
Programming: Contact Mary Phillips Carlson, director of educational programs, 317-381-5509, with questions regarding the summit agenda or educational topics.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I attend?
This weekend will provide educational experiences to help develop skills that will assist you professionally and as a volunteer. It will be a fun, upbeat weekend of sisterhood, skill development and team training.
Is there a cost to attend?
There is no cost to the individual volunteer. Registration fees for all attendees are being paid by the national organization. Flights for advisory board supervisors and recruitment supervisors will be covered by the chapters they support. National volunteers will be covered by the national organization.
What if I can’t attend?
Following the weekend, general educational content will be available online to provide post-weekend information and support for attendees. If you are unable to attend, please let your national council supervisor, volunteer team director or CC and RC know as soon as possible.
What will I learn?
This weekend will be a combination of relevant personal skill development and intentional time with your volunteer teams! Keynote sessions throughout the weekend will focus on a variety of areas including StrengthsFinder, diversity and inclusion and trends in higher education.
Time has been allotted for volunteer teams to meet.
During team meeting time, you will have the opportunity to continue those conversations from the keynote sessions in addition to focusing on relevant training and development for your specific responsibilities.
Additional details including shuttle information, what to wear and the final agenda of events will be provided to attendees after registration closes.
Is this a required exchange to participate in?
Absolutely not! The Heart Exchange is 100% optional.
How do I sign-up?
What’s the budget of the item?
We encourage you keep the gift $20 and under. Remember it’s small and should be easy to travel with to and from Volunteer Summit.
What’s a Heart Partner?
Your Heart Partner is whom you are getting the gift for. Keep in mind you might have someone different getting you a gift, so you might have two new sisters to meet!
I have no idea what to for a gift. Help!
We have you covered! Store-bought or hand-made, local or global, there's no restriction on where to get your gift from. Check out our Pinterest page to see get an idea of what might work for your Heart Partner.
Wrapped or Unwrapped?
Up to you. But don’t we all like unwrapping a gift? Keep in mind the gift will be dropped off at registration.
What do I do with it when I get to Volunteer Summit?
During registration on-site you will drop off your gift to the staff with your Heart Partner’s name identified on it. From there, the gifts will be organized and ready to give during the One Heart, One Way Soiree.
When will I get my gift and when will my Heart Partner get her gift?
The One Heart, One Way Soiree will be the place to be! We will have a gift pick-up table during this time for you to pick up your gift.
How do I learn more about my Heart Partner? When will I learn who my Heart Partner is? Will I get to meet them?
You will be able to find and meet your Heart Partner at the One Heart, One Way Soiree. (If you don’t already know her!)
Should this be a surprise?
It’s up to you! You can keep it a surprise or reach out to your Heart Partner prior to Volunteer Summit.
I can no longer participate, what do I do?
Reach out to Sarah Eller, director of alumnae services.
What happens after the Heart Exchange?
Take a photo and share on Instagram or Facebook. Stay in contact if you would like!