Leadership Training Institutes
The Zeta Psi Educational Foundation presents seminars to teach leadership skills above and beyond what one traditionally learns in school. While the topics change from year to year and from session to session, they traditionally focus on two issues – how to create and manage successful fraternity chapters, and how to prepare our members for success in life and their careers after college.
The LTI program offers classes at each Zeta Psi Convention, at a series of regional conferences, and for new Presidents at the Kirby Presidents Conference. For 2020-21, with the Coronavirus Pandemic and restrictions on travel, the Foundation has moved the programs online.
The LTI schedule for the Winter 2021 semester has been released. The registration links are in GOLD below. You must register for each session individually.
|Date & Time||Virtual LTIs|
|Thursday, March 4
6-7 p.m. EST
|Job Search & Career Management 101|
|Wednesday, March 10
7-8 p.m. EST
|Building a Resume|
|Thursday, March 18
6-7 p.m. EST
|Interviewing for Success|
|Wednesday, March 24
7-8 p.m. EST
|Networking Like You Mean It|
|Tuesday, April 6
8-9 p.m. EST
|Wednesday, April 21
8-9 p.m. EST
|Transition to Elder Life|
|COMPLETED PROGRAMS||One Love-10 Signs & the Disabled Community|
|One Love-10 Signs & the LGBTQ+ Community|
|Recruitment & Engagement|
|One Love-10 Signs & Deconstructing Racism|
|One Love-Love is Learned & Network Mapping|
History of Zeta Psi's Leadership Training Institutes
The origins of Zeta Psi’s leadership seminars were born out of the vision of Past Phi Alpha Michael Freiman, Maryland ’78, and John Failla, Maryland ’78, at Zeta Psi’s first New Orleans convention in 1980. The annual convention LTI took a further leap in 1998, when Dr. Louis Capozzoli, Jr, NYU ’47, agreed to provide a major annual endowment that helped to form the basis for Zeta Psi’s current leadership training. Since Dr. Capozzoli’s passing in 2011, Brother Alan Rice, Minnesota ’50, has generously provided the annual funding necessary to continue to underwrite each year’s Convention LTI program, which is now called the Alan Rice LTI. As a former collegiate All-American, an Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler, and a distinguished member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, Brother Rice has continued to believe strongly in fostering leaders and has provided the financial generosity to sustain the Rice LTI program at each annual convention.
Our Leadership Training Institutes, or LTIs, are large gatherings of students from many universities. The sessions are broad-based interactive discussions that draw on the experiences of guest lecturers from alumni, staff, and Greek-life experts. At regional events, undergraduate members spend a full day learning about issues like organizational finances, risk management, and recruiting — tools which will continue to be applicable to their future careers. Breakout sessions typically offer topics like business-dinner and interviewing etiquette, how to network, how to resolve conflicts, and how to promote teamwork among one’s peers.
These efforts culminate with the Rice LTI Program that takes place each year as part of our Annual Convention. Several presenters, including influential speakers from the Greek community at-large, offer three days of powerful sessions which will change the way students think about college life, and will challenge them to develop to their greatest potential.
Through these seminars, skills are presented to Zeta Psi members to help them better learn how to become more effective leaders, as well as to help develop their future careers, with a good deal of interactive fun thrown in for good measure. We encourage all our student members to take the time to make use of these seminars, as well as to encourage others to do the same.