Earlier this year, I️ completed a “where have you been?” assessment identifying all of the places I’ve visited in the United States. After reviewing the map, I️ was reminded that I️ had never been to any state west of Texas. People had always told me that I️ would love the West Coast and HAD to visit. This weekend I got to fulfill this lifelong yearning and visit the Pacific Time Zone, where I was invited to be the keynote speaker at the University of Nevada’s Greek Leadership Summit.
I️ literally could not have asked for a better experience. This year’s Leadership Summit focused on elevating expectations and setting a new standard for what it means to be a member of Greek Life at Nevada. I️ was amazed at the level of passion these student leaders had to become change agents within their community. Understanding that culture is about creating behavior, we discussed the importance of values congruent leadership and learned that doing the right thing will often come with collateral damage.
I’ve visited many Fraternity and Sorority Life communities across the East Coast and Midwest, yet none have been more diverse than the community at Nevada. The racial and ethnic diversity within each Councils is inspiring and fosters cross cultural competency and a true commitment to inclusion. Though there has been social injustices within the campus community, the Greek leaders are dedicated to doing their part to create an environment conducive to the health, safety, and learning for all.
“Working with Tim Bryson has been one of the best experiences of my college career. The manner in which he conducts himself as well as the passion and drive he brings to the table, makes him one of the best orators I have heard to date. As the keynote for our conference, Tim captured the attention of our campus leaders and spoke about vision, accountability, leadership, and respect. He effortlessly integrated these topics into a speech that was relevant to the current climate of our Greek community and in doing so, made a significant impact. Largely in part to Tim’s speaking, our Greek community leaders have been equipped with knowledge that will enable them to effectively operate successful organizations for years to come.” – Brennan
This was one of the best weekends I’ve had in a very long time. Student leaders like Brennan keep me encouraged that future of Greek Life is very bright. Success will always be hard to quantify because it is often defined as the lack of an event. Brennan and his peers have decided to come together to deconstruct Greek stereotypes, support ethical decision-making and protect their future. Their leadership is something we should all be proud of as we continue help each other identify our passion, inspire vision, and walk in purpose.
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