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AFLV West Speakers

Attending a conference like AFLV West means you get to hear from the best of the best on the issues that really matter. See our general session line-up!

Thursday General Session

James Robilotta

IMPROV Your Team: How listening builds stronger organizations

Improv comedy and leadership? There are more similarities than you may expect. Listening, commitment, and connection are three crucial rules of improv and of being a member of a fraternity or sorority. Attendees of this high-energy interactive keynote will have the opportunity to participate in a number of improv comedy exercises that will focus on decreasing apathy in the chapter, increasing accountability and transforming the way members listen to each other. Note: this session will not make you funny if you are currently not funny, sorry bro.

Friday General Session

Piazza + Kowiak Families

The Work to End Hazing Continues: One Year Later

One year ago, the Piazza and Kowiak families shared their stories about the unimaginable loss of their sons, Tim and Harrison, to fraternity hazing. They return to AFLV West to share their stories, update us on their efforts, and challenge ALL fraternity/sorority members to take up the fight to end hazing now. Whether you’ve been hazed, know that hazing is happening on your campus, or even if you’ve hazed one of your members in the past, we must all actively take part in this solving this problem so that no family has to endure this kind of tragedy. Let’s be the generation of fraternity and sorority members who end hazing once and for all.

Saturday General Session

Ross Szabo

Behind Happy Faces: Changing the Conversation Around Mental Health

With depression and anxiety among college students on the rise, we need spaces of community where students can feel meaningful connection and belonging now more than ever. What if we looked at the fraternity/sorority experience through this lens? Isn’t that really what brotherhood and sisterhood are all about? We need to find ways where we can be more comfortable in talking about our own mental health, while considering how we can be more helpful and supportive to our brothers and sisters in the times they need it most.
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