The Carlson Leadership Academy provides interactive leadership training to over 2,600 undergraduates and volunteers annually. Many undergraduates run for executive board positions because they have great goals and visions for their chapter. Attending an Academy ensures an officer will have the skills to manage a committee and follow through on those goals. The program also helps executive boards work together to ensure they all have goals consistent with a unified vision for the chapter.
The Academies are held in the spring, soon after most officer elections, and chapters are encouraged to bring all new officers, rising chapter leaders and engaged volunteers.
Rising Leaders Program & Hickman Scholars
Designed for talented young brothers with the desire to step into chapter officer positions, SigEp’s Rising Leaders program at the Carlson Leadership Academy prepares members to take ownership of the future, for themselves and for their Fraternity. Under the guidance of industry experts, brothers begin developing the courage and awareness necessary to lead others. The planning, project management, delegation and collaboration techniques provided by this program equip young brothers with skills to improve their chapter, campus and community.
Thanks to the generosity of Kent B. Hickman, Colorado ’61, rising leaders can apply for spots as Hickman Scholars in the Rising Leaders program at each Carlson Leadership Academy. Hickman Scholars will receive complimentary registration and lodging as well as an elevated travel stipend of $0.20/mile. The application for this year has been closed.
Carlson provides education for each specific executive officer position, as well as strategic planning and goal-setting, and chapter leadership. The program emphasizes the use of each officer’s individual strengths to build a complete team. Participants spend time on chapter analysis, large and small group sessions, and informal interactions with other chapters. Participants will enhance their skill sets and leadership abilities to help them as chapter officers, in other leadership roles, in group projects and, eventually, in the workforce for the rest of their lives.
Chapter officers will return to campus with a better understanding of their position, as well as a holistic strategy for moving their chapter forward. More than 150 seasoned volunteers from across the country share their experiences as facilitators during the program.
Balanced Man Program and Recruitment Tracks
Training is also provided specifically for member development and recruitment chairmen and committee members through the BMP and Recruitment tracks at Carlson.
Carlson also provides an appropriate venue for the presentation of awards, recognizing chapters and individual undergraduates and volunteers for notable achievements in recruitment, development and scholarship. To learn more about the awards presented at Carlson, see the awards page. The program is a celebration of all that SigEp has accomplished over the previous year.