Tina VanSteenbergen

Sisterhood

Recruitment

Empowerment

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about Tina

Tina speaks to students around North America about how to bring the heart back to their leadership styles and the voices back to women in their organizations and relationships. On a personal note, Tina went to Hamline University for her undergrad and then attended Illinois State University for her Master’s. She is also a proud Minnesotan.  Tina currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her obnoxiously adorable puppy, Sherri. 

scheduling Tina

Exclusively for our national partners, we are offering package booking opportunities for Tina's signature programs. If you would like to schedule a block of campus- or regionally-based programs for your members on the topics of recruitment, sisterhood, and/or empowerment, we will work out a custom agreement for you.

 

Want more than one program at an event? No worries! We will work out a custom plan to meet your needs!

This offer secures for you a block of dates (5, 10, or more) in which you can schedule Tina at chapters or locations you choose. You have the freedom to ensure your members are getting the same messages, delivered by a trusted voice on these critical topics.

Special: If you book Tina for more than 10 programs in 2019, she will speak at your national event for free! This offer is based on scheduling availability;  schedule now to guarantee Tina for your convention or conference!

Better Friends, Better Sisters, Better Women 

 

Joining a sorority changes our lives. We use terms like “sisterhood” and “values” to describe what sorority brings to and teaches us. But, sorority changes us in one universal way: friendship. 

 

Specifically, friendship with women. 

 

Before sorority, Tina was unaware of the power of true, authentic friendship with other women - finding female friends was never a priority. She soon learned, at its core, friendship is what sorority is all about. 

 

And yet, we all know of girl-on-girl drama that’s taking place in our chapters and communities. We talk behind each others’ backs. We choose jealousy and resentment over support and love. We compete instead of congratulate. 

 

One of the real challenges in sorority leadership is acknowledging some of our less-productive impulses and tactics and using our leadership talents to steer our way to better relationships and better solutions. Tina teaches the audience how to unpack the true power of female friendships, and learn to be better friends, but better sisters, and better women.

It Ain't About You, Boo!

 

Recruitment is such an exciting time of year for our chapters! We get to get our sisters and our spaces ready to sell ourselves to PNMs, to show them why we are the best choice for their sorority future. We practice our conversations, our rotations, our Ritual, all to show them all the great things our chapter has to offer. It is so easy to feel like recruitment is about us; our chapter, our members, our story. But when we really look at the purpose of recruitment, it ain’t about you, boo!

 

Well then wait, who is it about??

 

The PNMs!!

 

These women are undergoing the madness of recruitment for one reason: to find a place to belong. What if every thing we did to prepare for recruitment, we did with her in mind? If we focused our conversations on how we can help her feel comfortable? Prepare our spaces so she feels welcomed? Told her stories of our sorority experience, so she can see herself in our sisterhood? Recruitment doesn’t have to feel selfish or inauthentic. Your chapter or community’s potential for a purpose-driven recruitment begins and ends with our focus on creating the best possible experiences for our PNMs.

 

 

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Reconnect with their experience as potential new members, engaging in the empathy needed to connect with incoming potential new members. 
  • Demonstrate the skills needed to facilitate selfless recruitment conversations focused on the benefit of the potential new member. 
  • Articulate the purpose and importance of focusing our recruitment efforts on the potential new member, rather than the chapter. 

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Be able to identify the benefits of strong female friendships
  • Examine the role sorority can play in helping establish and maintain these relationships
  • Articulate the importance of healthy conflict management practices
  • Be prepared to facilitate discussions and programs within their chapters, councils and communities aimed at developing healthy, female bonds

 

Be Bold, Be Fierce, Be Sisters: Confidence is a Team Sport

 

Let’s call it what it is:

 

Being women in college is hard work! 

 

While we stretch ourselves thin to meet (exceed) the expectations of ourselves and everyone else, we also have upon us an additional pressure: doing it all with empowerment, with confidence. Confidence is an important and lofty goal, but not one that comes with an easy on/off switch. On the contrary, it can take a lot of work and resilience to feel truly empowered. In this session, we’ll come together as women dealing with real life to find and build authentic confidence. Through powerful conversations, helpful practical exercises and pure sisterhood, we will put in the work of building true confidence—because it’s surely work worth doing. 

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Experience and replicate practical confidence-building activities that involve multiple women coming together to build one another up and discover the team-sport nature of building authentic confidence.
  • Articulate that the true power in womanhood lies in what we can accomplish together; confidence is a team sport. 

Shut Up, You're Not Fat!

 

"Shut up, you're not fat!"

 

This is the essence of body image conversations happening in sororities all over the country. Our women stress over their appearances, constantly comparing themselves to the Instagram models that flood their social media feeds. They stress over how they’ll look in formal dresses and spring break photos, trading quick “dieting” tips to drop pounds before these events. 91% of women in college are on a diet right now.

 

Providing our women a space to discuss body image and its issues is not only relevant, but needed. In this session, we’ll discuss recent research and best practices for advisors to help our women to discuss their bodies, outside of simply telling one another “Shut up, you’re not fat.”

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Be able to have open, honest, and healthy discussions about their body image.
  • Demonstrate the use of body-neutral and body-positive language not only with themselves, but in their conversations and relationships with collegiate sorority women in order to positively influence their relationship with their bodies.
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