On Nov. 3-5, senior Isabella Costanza, President of Chi Omega and former Features editor for The Spectrum, had the opportunity to visit the Chi Omega fraternity headquarters in Memphis, Tenn.
Over the span of the weekend, Costanza was able to attend a variety of workshops. One in particular was the Nancy Walton Laurie Leadership Institute of Chi Omega Flagship Session.
“Throughout my trip, I was able to attend various different workshops towards personal growth, connect with fellow Chi Omega sisters, and engage in meaningful conversations,” said Costanza. “Through the Laurie Leadership Institute, a select group of Chi Omega collegian and alumnae travel to Chi Omega Executive Headquarters to further develop their leadership and personal skills.”
Costanza’s role as president includes tasks that keep the chapter running smoothly.
“As the President of Chi Omega, I operate as the external face of the chapter and serve as the liaison between the chapter, the Executive Board, Advisory Board, and Chi Omega Executive Headquarters,” said Costanza. “I organize and host weekly chapter meetings, Executive Board meetings, and advisor meetings. And ultimately, I am responsible for maintaining and upholding a positive chapter image.”
Aside from being the president of Chi Omega, Costanza is also involved in other organizations around campus including the Pioneer Guide program, and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).
Chi Omega’s philanthropy is the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a nonprofit organization that grants wishes to children who have been diagnosed with critical illnesses. The chapter hosts several fundraising events every year, contributing toward the foundation, locally and nationally.
Philanthropy and sisterhood are two outstanding components of Fraternity and Sorority life. Throughout Costanza’s trip, lots of the activities that she participated in were sisterhood-building events. Other activities were focused on individual growth, as well. Costanza said that she was able to speak with Chi Omega alumna and that it was an enriching activity revolving around sisterhood.
“I was able to engage in Sisterhood Chats with both alumnae and collegiate Chi Omegas; These chats provide the opportunity to connect deeper with one another,” she said.
As the president of Sacred Heart’s Chi Omega chapter, Costanza is responsible for setting a good example for the women in the organization.
“Prior to my trip, it was required that I took the CliftonStrength test to evaluate and discover what my current strengths are as an individual. While on my trip, I was able to attend facilitated workshops by CliftonStrength certified coaches who helped me understand my strengths, and how it applies to becoming a resilient leader,” Costanza said.
As one of the final activities of her trip, Costanza was able to tour the headquarters and deepen her knowledge of the Fraternity.