2019 NGLA Critical Conversations Series

NGLA is excited to announce our Critical Conversations Series for the 2019 NGLA Annual Conference!

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This program is five concurrent programs attendees have the opportunity to attend on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 10:30am - 12:00pm.

This series of presentations is intended to engage the audience with topics that are viewed as “critical” to fraternity and sorority life in today’s context. The program format is approximately 60 minutes of content with the remaining time available for in-session application of concepts. Facilitated activities may include peer-to-peer interaction, experience-based activities, and reflection exercises.

The Critical Conversations Series is sponsored by Order of Omega.


Why Mental Health Matters 

Colleen Coffey
Speaker and Trainer, Active Minds / Phired Up Productions

It is estimated that 20% of college students each year will deal with a diagnosed mental health disorder. All of us struggle with mental health issues at some point in our lives. This program highlights one woman's story of struggle and survival dealing with mental illness and how fraternity and sorority membership can save a life. Our chapters should be the vessel for open dialogue about these issues. In this workshop you will learn warning signs and how to approach members that are struggling. Our chapters can and should be a place where care comes first and people feel safe. This experience will make you laugh and think and feel more confident that you are not alone and that you can take action to help others and yourself lead a complete and healthy life.

Presenter Biography

Colleen Coffey, EdD is a seasoned speaker and mental health advocate. For over a decade, she has been speaking life into audiences and organizations across the country. Colleen has worked with the renowned programming company, Phired Up Productions, for the last 10 years, and currently serves as a trainer with a special interest in organizational recruitment, retention, and relationship focused training. Colleen was also instrumental in the creation and training of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau, serving as a leader in the Active Minds/National Mental Health Awareness Campaign bureau merger.

Colleen has a degree in Social Work from Belmont University, a Master’s Degree in Student Affairs from Eastern Illinois University, and a Doctorate in Leadership and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University. She has served as principle investigator on over 10 research projects including a large project evaluating the impact of mental health programming on college students. She has also studied retention and exit voice loyalty among fraternity and sorority members and has special interests in program evaluation, qualitative research, fraternity and sorority recruitment and retention practices, and member/employee efficacy. Colleen is a published author and served as a volunteer advisor to fraternity and sorority chapters for eight years.

Colleen is the mother of three young children, the oldest of whom had a heart transplant at the age of 3. She is a passionate advocate for organ donation, parent-doctor relationships, and congenital heart disease research, and has navigated motherhood against some remarkable odds. She is an active blogger, an avid student and teacher of yoga and Pilates, a dater of her husband whom she has loved for over half her life, and mentor to a variety of young professionals in many different fields. Colleen's presence is appreciated as a loving member at South End United Methodist Church and a parent at High Hopes Inclusive Preschool and Therapy Center.

Dr. Coffey challenges her audiences and clients to make a difference, with genuine warmth and strong regard for each and every person listening to her. Her presence on stage and in any organization is contagious, welcoming, and impactful and, in some instances, has proven to be life-saving.

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Men and #MeToo: Our Roles, Responsibilities and Next Steps

Tim Mousseau

The resurgence and recent prominence of #MeToo have challenged masculinity. For many men, this has provoked dialogues about what it means to be a man, how male identities impact others and the weight of their actions. These conversations should not be ignored but embraced as a tool for growth.

If you have questions about the role of men in the 21st century, this program is for you. Come to learn about the role's men should be aware of, how to be allies, and how to step up on our campuses. Also learn how to accept being called out, and how to helpfully call out those around you. The definition of men is changing. Be a part of this change.

Presenter Biography

Over the past few years, Tim has worked in the fields of sexual violence prevention and masculinity to move the needle on these critical topics at over 250 keynotes across the country. Throughout his work, Tim has been a proud partner of JDoe, a SpokesMo for the Movember Foundation, and a past board member of the nonprofit, 1 in 6. Professionally, Tim received a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga and a Bachelors in Communication from the University of New Mexico. Outside of his work, Tim is an artist, having helped designed all 30 plus of his tattoos based on his significant life experiences.

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Drop the Drama

David Stollman

What if more members were capable of having honest and difficult but necessary conversations? These "soft skills," like the ability to have critical conversations, to confront others without negativity and to receive critical feedback are prized by employers. Training students now will positively impact your organization and prepare members for future success. In this keynote, David helps students learn the fundamentals that help build more respectful, caring, and authentic communication strategies among individuals and within their communities.

Presenter Biography

David has been called many things - blunt, honest & funny are his favorite. He is an educator, a trainer, a keynote speaker, and an entrepreneur. David is passionate, fiercely loyal, and irrationally biased toward the things he loves. If you ask him, Philadelphia is the greatest city in the world. The University of Maryland is the most beautiful campus of all 600 he's visited. And, the Phillies WILL win the World Series someday.

David believes in the inherent dignity of all people, and that we each have a role to play in improving our world. Over the last 20 years he has won lots of awards from all sorts of cool organizations for his work with college students and the advancement of the fraternal experience. David has spoken in Canada, and 49 of the 50 states - and that will sound MUCH cooler once the University of Alaska gets it together!

Most importantly, he is a husband, and father of the three most adorable children in the world.

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Ladies, Drop the F Bomb 

Tina VanSteenbergen
Speaker, ForCollegeForLife

Feminism, ladies. We are watching the world talk about women, now more than ever. Whether or not you were ""With Her,"" a fan of Serena Williams or the all female Oceans 8 cast, we can't deny that in the last few years, women are being talked about in new (positive and negative) ways.

As women, what is our role in those conversations? As all-women's organizations, what is the role of sorority? How about you, what's your role? Whether you identify as a feminist or not, feeling comfortable, empowered and confident in discussions about our collective womanhood is what our founders would have wanted for us. As members of organizations that make women better, let's make each other better in a powerful discussion about the F Bomb.

Presenter Biography

Tina has been serving college students as a professional speaker for the past five years. When on stage her audiences are captivated by her quick wit, addictive charisma, and prowess at hitting salient take home points through an authentic storytelling delivery. Tina speaks to students around North America about how to bring the heart back to their leadership styles, and the voices back to women in their organizations and relationships. On a personal note, Tina went to Hamline University for her undergrad and then attended Illinois State University for her Master's. She is also a proud Minnesotan who will happily pour on her accent when asked.  Tina currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her extremely long last name and her obnoxiously adorable puppy, Sherri.

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Risk, Health, Safety Management: Where Are We Headed? 

David Westol
Principal & Owner, Limberlost Consulting, Inc.

The ground is shifting under our feet. FIPG is no longer a policy. Health & Safety have replaced risk management. Women's groups want to host events; NIC member fraternities with houses must eliminate liquor. Parents who have lost sons to hazing have met for the first time. The changes are coming at us from all directions. Are you ready for the present, much less the future? We will review seven key changes in health and safety with an emphasis upon audience participation.

Presenter Biography

David Westol has served as an IFC advisor, as an assistant prosecuting attorney, and as CEO of his men's national fraternity.  He owns and operates Limberlost Consulting, Inc. in Carmel, Indiana, and counts over 30 women's and men's national fraternities and sororities as clients.  He has served as director of policy interpretation for FIPG since 1995.

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