Key Sessions

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Key Sessions are regional betterment programs where local chapters gather to discuss pressing issues while developing solutions.

Key Sessions are conducted in a central location or campus, with programming organized by alumni volunteers and international headquarters staff. The awareness of the greater organization and the sense of brotherhood attained by bringing chapters together provides an outlet for members to interact and build friendships with brothers in nearby chapters.


Prior to the formalization of the Key Sessions program, regional conferences were run by alumni volunteers and local members. The curriculum was not standardized and was more of a social get-together for brothers. In the late 2000s, the organization formalized these meetings. International Headquarters Staff developed different “key” lessons and the formalized curriculum was developed.

The sessions are differentiated to meet the needs of the region’s chapters. They are typically broken into the five objectives of membership:

Fraternity & Leadership
Personal Conduct & Development
Financial Commitment
College or University

Staff have also developed sessions specific to the needs of the community. The structure of the sessions provides opportunities for more in-depth training on the managerial and operational skills needed to bring about a positive impact on individual chapters. Throughout the sessions, volunteers and staff oversee the material to facilitate conversations that build toward resolution and clarity.


The focus of Key Sessions is to address any issue within a group of chapters or region, empowering them to find and develop solutions.

  • Scholarship: recognize methods to improve grades if underperforming academically
  • Fraternity: develop an organization-wide support network
  • Personal Conduct & Development: gain new skills to focus on the type of leadership that fits personality type and chapter
  • Financial Commitment: teach budgeting and cash flow management so brothers meet fiscal responsibilities, utilizing billing structures that set members and chapters up for success
  • College or University: build a better community through service, charity, and philanthropy

Additional offerings may include the following aims:

  • Recruitment & Retention: initiate strategies for buy-in and retention
  • Chapter operations: learn how to delegate responsibilities while holding officers accountable
  • Self-Reflection: explore characteristics of personal and chapter motivation
  • Leadership Skills: identify and cultivate potential officer succession


During these sessions, members are able to work in small groups with support of resources from the international headquarters, as well as subject matter experts from our alumni volunteer pool.

Trained facilitators are comprised of the region’s Educational Consultant, Grand Theta, Grand Delta, and Assistant Grand Deltas working together to provide oversight and delivery of the curriculum. The diversity of the facilitator corps contributes to a mix of operational knowledge, organizational best practices, volunteer knowledge, and professional wisdom.

Participants who attend with an engaged, open-mind will be able to:

  • Conduct open discussions and engagement with peers and professionals
  • Address issues impacting changing cultural landscapes
  • Apply various problem solving strategies including the IDEAL method
  • Discuss creative and dynamic avenues for engaging members of all ages
  • Share best practices and models for programs and processes

IDEAL -A model for problem resolution:

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*(Bransford, J. & Stein, B. (1984). The IDEAL Problem Solver: A guide for improving thinking, learning and creativity. New York: W.H. Freeman.)


The Key Sessions program empowers members to focus on their soft skill development. These include interpersonal skills, time management, and distributive leadership approaches, building foundations for future professional growth.

    Participants will:
  • Feel more connected to the organization
  • Understand resources provided by alumni and international headquarters
  • Apply best practices and better understand operational procedures
  • Facilitate stronger chapter operations
  • Learn to communicate and collaborate with area chapters that face similar issues
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“What I actually found was a comfortable pocket of familiarity amongst the unfamiliar. I met brothers from other chapters, socialized with them, shared information, and bonded immediately. Many are still my best friends after all these years.”

- Wilson Wong Alpha Nu Chapter Georgia Tech ’72