SigEp’s 2017 Carlson Leadership Academy was one of the largest and most impactful in our history. Carlson empowers brothers to lead their chapters and transform their campus communities.
1,989 undergraduate leaders and 262 alumni and volunteers attended the programs in five cities across the country: Atlanta, Chicago, Long Branch, N.J., Los Angeles and Oklahoma City. 176 volunteer faculty members lent their expertise to help our young brothers understand their roles and responsibilities as chapter leaders.
Highlights of this year’s Carlson included hands-on training with the BMP App, 300 undergraduate non-officers receiving leadership training in the rising leaders track and more than 900 brothers joining the Hoop of Steel Society to fund Chapter Sites.
Carlson has been providing life-changing and chapter-changing training for our brothers since its early iteration as SigEp’s regional leadership academy. One such brother is Andy Velazquez, Indiana State ’17. Velazquez attended Carlson for the first time as a freshman and is now graduating this year.
He took the time to contact the volunteer who facilitated his recruitment session at Carlson that first year. He said of the session, “I was passionate about changing the organization. I realized recruitment is the way to change an organization to the core. Carlson has changed the way I approach my relationships in life.”
Since attending his first Carlson, Velazquez has been named Greek Man of the Year on his campus his sophomore, junior and senior years. He is a first-generation college student majoring in mechanical engineering technologies and currently has five job offers from prominent global companies.
Velazquez said, “It’s not about the awards and accolades. It’s how you use what you learn at Carlson.”