How to fall in love with something all over again… and other lessons learned at Kappa Kappa Gamma’s 69th Biennial Convention

This week, I was blessed enough to spend four days in the company of some of the most accomplished, poised, successful, and beautiful women in the world. Kappas from across the US and Canada convened in Jacksonville, Florida, for four days jam-packed with meetings, meals together, and laughter. 

I arrived at the airport early Wednesday morning for my departure, a bit nervous because nobody else in my chapter was attending with me. I was instantly put at ease as a group of Kappas from CSU and Denver Alumni Association made me feel welcome, sitting with me on the airplane and grabbing lunch together during the layover. It is amazing how women from all different locations and walks of life can bond instantaneously because of the letters they wear. I made friends with Kappa sisters of all ages, from various states and schools and alumni associations, and was able to finally meet face-to-face with the incredible women of our Headquarters who I am constantly emailing with and reporting to during my past semester as Vice President Standards. One of my favorite parts has to be the list of fellow VPS contacts I gained after some beneficial Standards information sessions, ready for me to call when I am in need of suggestions, inspiration, or simply a listening ear. 

During our time together, I realized just how much Kappa means to not only myself, but the women who continue on the sisterhood well into their 30s, 50s, 60s, and beyond- even 90s. We were all inspired by the stories of successful women who followed their dreams- all because their sisters propelled them forward with undying support. We learned the history of underwear during a clever talk on foundations, shared our over 100-year-old ritual together, and raised an overwhelming amount of money for The Kappa Foundation, which assists Kappas in need as well as many other philanthropies. The sisterhood, leadership experience, and other skills gained through Kappa are made to last a lifetime, and many of the women present are living proof of Kappa’s ability to transcend time (and changing underwear fashions…)

I am so grateful for this experience, and I am looking forward to bring all of the energy, good ideas, and Kappa pride back to my chapter in San Diego.