The Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) provides a caring and creative environment where members are challenged to explore and strengthen personal values in today's collegiate society. These rising leaders of Alpha Phi learn from alumnae and each other. Annually around 200 freshman and sophomores are invited to attend. Our own sister, Claire Blann, was invited to attend this past convention and learn about herself in the process:
"Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to attend the Emerging Leader’s Institute. It was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had since arriving at Creighton and joining Alpha Phi.
While I learned a great deal about people and the qualities of good leaders, one of the most memorable parts of the weekend was reading through our ritual. It helped me become fully aware of what being an Alpha Phi personally means to me, yet it also showed me what connects us to so many different people across the world through the organization.
Being an Alpha Phi is so much more than being part of a group in a social setting. We hold each other and ourselves to a set of ideals that connect us and allow us to accomplish great things. It was remarkable to feel so deeply connected to girls I had met only three days prior and share the same core values and beliefs that Alpha Phi’s founders summed up so beautifully in the ceremony we call our ritual.
I have become infinitely more passionate about this organization of which I am blessed to be a part of, and I am grateful to all of the leaders in our chapter who built us literally from the ground up. They exhibit all the aspects needed to be a great leader with style and class, and the Theta Delta chapter will always be indebted to them.
As our founding class graduates, it is our responsibility as underclassmen to pick up where they left off, build on their foundations, and become even better. I see great things coming from our chapter and I am excited to shape the future of Theta Delta with the rest of the women I am proud to call my sisters."