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Welcome to Let’s Talk Tri Delta! Topics covered on this podcast will be relevant to the Tri Delta experience, both collegiate and alumnae, with hosts and guests who are members, friends and industry experts. We will take a deep dive into some of the most powerful stories from our award-winning magazine, The Trident, and we will get up close and personal with some of our brave, bold and kind members.
 
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In a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, Alison Griffin, Southern Methodist, contributed her story about life as a single parent during the pandemic. She discusses the lengths she took for her family when all her available resources for support were suddenly gone. Feeling the weight of the world, Alison forced herself to hit the pause bu…
 
Rachel Graham, Baylor, is the CEO and co-founder of Healing Springs Ranch, where she focuses on bridging the gap between addiction, mental health and trauma. Her personal mission is to affect change in addiction treatment by treating the “whole person.” Following a personal experience with a loved one who battled addiction, Rachel sought her passio…
 
The last 18 months have been a challenge for our collegiate chapters … some of whom have just returned to campus for the first time since March 2020! Our collegiate leaders are leading the way in re-adjusting to what chapter life now looks like on campuses. Tri Delta’s Sr. Director of Strategic Initiatives Dr. Mari Ann Callais has been championing …
 
In our more than 20-year partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Tri Delta has helped St. Jude further its mission of finding cures and saving children. ALSAC President & CEO Rick Shadyac joins us on the podcast to give updates on St. Jude’s brave and bold new strategic plan. This new $11.5 billion expansion of their mission will co…
 
Dr. Erin Gallagher, California/Berkeley, started her career as an educator and shifted into life coaching when she observed the levels of stress in young people. Helping others build resilience and develop mindfulness has become her mission, especially as we navigate returning to “normal.” Hear her tips, ideas and guidance, including how to use the…
 
Christi Flynn, Washington, is a certified life coach and the Principal of Inspirata Coaching. As the world gets back to “normals” Christi examines the levels of anxiety we may have as we go back to work, school and everyday activities. She offers the great advice of “name it to tame it” in recognizing your feelings and how to reflect on what’s most…
 
Tri Delta held our first ever virtual Volunteer Leadership Conference the weekend of July 16-17! This power-packed weekend featured an inspiring keynote from Jenny Evans, dynamic workshops and celebrated our sisterhood with our Volunteer and Alumnae Awards. Kicking off the VLC experience was Fraternity President Megan James, Millsaps, with a specia…
 
Many of Tri Delta’s collegiate chapters are on the front lines leading the way on our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Melanie Velasquez, San Francisco, found a way to use her voice through Epsilon Rho’s DEI committee. Her work with the committee helps educate her chapter members and community about having uncomfortable conversations,…
 
Following the racial unrest of 2020, Lauren Whitman, Delaware, took it upon herself to create DEI programming for Epsilon Upsilon Chapter to open communication among chapter members, even with difficult conversations. A key part of her programming is a self-reflection exercise, used for members to assess their own DEI journey before and after they …
 
May is Mental Health Awareness month and we are joined by Dr. Julie Shannon, Stephen F. Austin, a speaker, writer and podcaster. Julie focuses on practical compassion in dealing with life’s realities. She discusses her journey with infertility and how the celebration of motherhood and Mother’s Day may be painful to those who are “involuntarily chil…
 
Tri Delta’s Theta Zeta Chapter at the University of Texas has been hard at work with efforts on diversity, equity and inclusion, starting with eliminating preferential treatment of legacies during recruitment. Before Tri Delta made this organizational change, collegiate chapter president Ainslee Harrison was leading the charge for her chapter. Thet…
 
Alicia Russell, Furman, has been singing as long as she could sit still in church. Coming from generations of singers, Alicia found early passions for the stage through musical theater performances. After being encouraged to pursue opera, she quickly discovered what would become her career. Having served as a resident artist at companies around the…
 
This episode explores an important organizational policy change. Tri Delta’s Executive Board has unanimously voted to eliminate collegiate chapter legacy policies, effective July 31, 2021. For many of our sisters this comes as a welcome change, as chapter-level legacy policies have caused a great deal of confusion and have been a barrier to members…
 
Kara Barnett, Duke, is an arts leader, an innovator and Broadway producer who is making waves in the world through her work as Executive Director of the American Ballet Theatre. She discusses her work and shifting priorities to provide arts entertainment in a virtual world, extending reach across the globe. Kara speaks about the representation of w…
 
Following a successful career on Wall Street in banking and corporate philanthropy, WOA recipient Gayle Jennings-O'Byrne, Pennsylvania, found a new passion for becoming a champion for women of color in the tech industry. The daughter of one of the “hidden figures” of Silicon Valley tech world, Gayle founded her own venture capital firm, WOCstars, t…
 
Learning to fly at a young age was the “winning ticket” for Carol Hallett, Oregon, who has had a storied career in aviation and government. She encourages all young people, especially young women to find something unique about yourself to draw attention … which can only lead to success. Carol played a pivotal part of the aviation industry on 9/11 a…
 
Dr. Katie Hoge, Wake Forest, is featured on this episode of Let’s Talk Tri Delta’s series on our 33 Under 33. A physician at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Katie is known for her work with children who have encountered serious health consequences – Vulnerable Child Syndrome. Her work has led her to partner with a mentor in creating a resource and thera…
 
An activist and social media expert Jaelin Palmer, Cal State/Northridge, serves as Director of Advocacy at Fight Like a Warrior, where she uses her more than 10 years battling illness to unite, empower and advocate for others in similar situations. With a spark to change the world on a large scale, Jaelin puts her passions first, knowing her illnes…
 
Our next podcast featuring Tri Delta’s 33 Under 33 is one of our few collegiate recipients! Alexa Young, Florida, is a promising senior who recently completed her term as Panhellenic President at UF. Through her trailblazing year serving more than 4,000 Panhellenic women, she learned how to adjust planning during a pandemic and lean into the leader…
 
For Tri Delta’s St. Jude Month, we are pleased to showcase our partnership with St. Jude, focusing on how our members are inspiring a new generation of supporters. Kristy Hurley, Arkansas, has been a lifelong Delta Iota Chapter volunteer. She has shared her passion for St. Jude with her three sons, who now use their own spotlights to support the ca…
 
Following a very successful undergraduate experience, Christine Murrain, Oklahoma, found an entry into the entertainment industry as a graduate of the NBCUniversal Page Program. She discovered she can not only pursue many passions and interests, but also work to be great at each. Her career has already found her at high-profile entertainment events…
 
As someone who was always in the middle back row of any group picture, Karisa Malchow, Creighton, was determined to create a solution for clothing options for tall women. Realizing the problem wasn’t her body, but the clothing, Karisa founded Stature, focusing on professional wear for tall women. She discusses how her time in Tri Delta taught her t…
 
As COVID-19 struck the midst of her senior year of college, Julia Sircar, Southern California, was given a rare opportunity in engineering to pitch solutions to the pandemic, including the creation of PPE and developing strategies in virtual learning. This opportunity gave her a positive attitude to move forward to make lasting societal changes in …
 
Caroline Chin Goldwater, James Madison, was inspired by Tri Delta’s LEADDD Now plan and raised her hand to lend her experiences and skills to the highest levels of leadership within our organization. By putting herself forward, she knows it will bring her voice and competencies to affect positive change. With a wealth of professional experience in …
 
With a special connection to Tri Delta through St. Jude even before becoming a member, Ashley Baskerville, Cal State/Long Beach, continues to be inspired to lead as a younger alumna. As a mental performance coach with the Armed Forces, she discusses what it means to have hard conversations and the trust involved. By having these conversations and c…
 
Jan Park, Charleston, is a registered nurse, Certified Weight Management Specialist, fitness trainer, Corporate Wellness Manager and Founder of Health Yourself by JP. She found a passion for wellness and keeping people healthy throughout her career. Jan believes health and wellness is 99% based in nutrition, and food should be looked at like medici…
 
Dr. Elizabeth Curtis, Butler, was first introduced to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Tri Delta’s commitment to ending childhood cancer as an undergraduate member. First-hand, she saw the impact Tri Deltas had on the families and children of St. Jude. She then went on to intern twice at St. Jude, conducting research that has helped her on…
 
Brittani Lancaster, Oregon, didn’t plan on becoming a TikTok sensation in 2020 … now she has nearly one million followers! Brittani shared a video of her celebrating her recovery from two eating disorders which soon went viral earlier this year. Since then, she continues to share her messages of body positivity and self-care and joins us to share h…
 
Throughout our history, Tri Delta has faced many adverse times and 2020 has provided its own set of challenges. In a message of hope and resilience, our Fraternity President Megan Shaw James, Millsaps, shares her thoughts on how Tri Delta was founded in a time that both challenged and empowered our Founders. Despite the obstacles we faced, Tri Delt…
 
As our worlds are becoming increasingly virtual and digital, Tri Deltas have been thriving in adapting to these now normals. The majority of our collegiate chapters experienced a partial or fully-virtual recruitment this fall. Dawson Pressel, Oklahoma, serves as collegiate chapter president and she joins us to share her “3 For You” on executing a g…
 
Through a serendipitous meeting, two colleagues Alison French, Cornell, and Stephanie Hubka, Carnegie Mellon, realized they had more in common that being Tri Delta sisters...a love for the teachings of Mr. Rogers.  Their professional work in talent development led to the creation of programming that promoted kindness in the workplace. They develope…
 
In this episode, we are joined by co-founder of the Max Gruver Foundation, Rae Ann Gruver. In Sept. 2014, Rae Ann and her husband Stephen lost their son Max in a hazing incident at Louisiana State University. She reflects on Max and the tragedy that took his life. Their family’s mission since has been to provide education and legislation to end haz…
 
As Tri Delta continues to focus on our LEADDD Now action plan, Cristina Dominguez, Texas A&M/Corpus Christi, a former chapter development consultant, discusses Tri Delta’s LEADDD Now effort and her work on the committee to select the partner for Tri Delta’s organization-wide diversity audit. In this LEADDD Now conversation, Cristina shares her hope…
 
In this LEADDD Now conversation, we’re joined by Candy Rivera Evans, Adelphi, newly appointed as Tri Delta’s Ritual Committee Chair and a Board Member for the Northeast Greek Leadership Association. Having come to the United States at the age of one year old, Candy navigated life as an undocumented woman on her journey to citizenship. She talks abo…
 
This episode features Emily Greer, Rhodes, one of Tri Delta’s first Black Sisters to serve on the Executive Board. Emily recognizes that her service to Tri Delta comes at an important time in our organization’s history where we are able to add voice to action. As Chief Administrative Officer for ALSAC/St. Jude, Emily brings a wealth of experience i…
 
Last year, Tri Delta celebrated our 20-year partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and our commitment to treating and defeating childhood cancer. Tri Deltas passionately serve the children and families of St. Jude and have raised over $75 million since 1999! Dr. Beth Stewart, Missouri, joined Tri Delta the year our partnership began…
 
Lisa Woodruff is a productivity specialist, home organization expert, and founder and CEO of Organize365®. Her goal is helping women reduce overwhelm, clear mental clutter and live a productive and organized life. As she started her company as a professional organizer, Lisa was able to use her background as an educator to teach organization as a sk…
 
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and we are recognizing Tri Delta’s commitment to the fight to end childhood cancer by spotlighting the efforts of our alumnae who support the cause at the local and regional levels. Sisters in Southern California have been supporting Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since 1947. Through their Sleighbell l…
 
This episode features Executive Board Directors Lenora Oeters, Cincinnati, and Tycely Williams, Wake Forest, one of our first Black sisters to serve on the Board. They discuss bringing lived experiences to the board level as part of our LEADDD Now action plan. As Chief Development Officer for the America’s Promise Alliance, Tycely discusses her lif…
 
Our newest conversation focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion features Tri Delta alumna and student affairs professional Krystal Clark, Maryland. Krystal currently serves Tri Delta as a member of the Leadership Development Committee and has just been named chair of NPC’s Access and Equity Advisory Committee. With rich professional experiences…
 
CEO of Broussard Global Communications, Cary Broussard, North Carolina, was awarded one of Tri Delta’s Woman of Achievement Awards at FOCUS 2020 – our first-ever virtual Convention. Cary has spent her career in various industries raising the voices of women to create confidence and empowerment. She encourages women to step out and be bold without a…
 
On this episode of our LEADDD Now conversations on racism, we are joined by alumna, actress and Broadway star Zakiya Young, Pittsburgh. Zakiya details how she landed into show business and where her career has taken her so far. She and Fraternity President Megan Shaw James, Millsaps, also discuss her experiences as a collegiate Tri Delta – and what…
 
During LEADDD Online, Tri Delta began an important series titled LEADDDD Now - Conversations on Racism. It began with a dialogue featuring Dr. Diane Petersen, Ohio Wesleyan, and Fraternity President Kimberlee Di Fede Sullivan, Pepperdine. Dr. Petersen shared her Tri Delta story as our first Black sister. As a follow-up to that powerful exchange, tw…
 
From an early age, Lacey Horn, Southern Methodist, knew she wanted to serve the Cherokee Nation, of which she is a citizen. She currently serves as CEO of Native Advisory, LLC, where she serves Tribal Leaders as a strategy and financial consultant. With her gifts and talents in financial matters and strategy, she has been able to serve her people a…
 
During LEADDD Online, Tri Delta introduced a series of conversations on racism called LEADDD Now. In this installment, Fraternity President Kimberlee Sullivan, Pepperdine, has a conversation with Dr. Diane Petersen, Ohio Wesleyan, Tri Delta’s first Black member. They discuss the challenges she faced in joining our organization, which wasn’t always …
 
Chanda Bell and Christa Pitts, both West Georgia, serve as co-CEO of Creatively Classic Activities and Books, LCC, the Atlanta-based consumer products and entertainment company that launched Elf on the Shelf. Their successes came from creativity and determination, despite being told “no” often in their journey. In collaboration with their mother, t…
 
This episode of our Life After College series takes a look at best practices for jumpstarting your career or making a professional shift. We are joined by Tri Delta alumna Courtney Condon, Millikin, Regional Sales Manager at LinkedIn, who offers her practical advice. She discusses the importance of re-evaluating industries and assessing the skills …
 
Career help is here! ATHENA Award winner Linda Waters, Vermont, created her company stemming from connecting with other moms in job transitions. Linda has a passion for helping people of any age develop the confidence they need to successfully step out of their comfort zone, embrace change and achieve success. As life evolves, so do we – and it’s i…
 
Our Life After College series continues as we are joined by messaging expert Liz Navarro, Pepperdine. Liz is a strategist, public speaking professor and copywriter who professionals activate new opportunities through their communications platforms. She discusses identifying your value add through your skills and talents and offers tips of how to cr…
 
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