"Tools of Competence for Global Success" was the theme for the Internal Leadership, Standards and Technology Workshop attended by Alpha Kappa Alpha sorors recently at the Arkansas River Educational Service Cooperative Building at Pine Bluff.

“Tools of Competence for Global Success” was the theme for the Internal Leadership, Standards and Technology Workshop attended by Alpha Kappa Alpha sorors recently at the Arkansas River Educational Service Cooperative Building at Pine Bluff.

A joint planning committee consisting of Standards Committee members from Delta Omega Omega (graduate chapter) and Alpha Rho (undergraduate chapter at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) planned and executed an exciting and interactive workshop that provided a wellspring of information on topics important to the success of Alpha Kappa Alpha imperatives for the future.

The workshop format included a continental breakfast, opening session, two concurrent sessions and a closing luncheon. Cynthia Bennett, president of Delta Omega Omega, and Kyla Crenshaw, president of Alpha Rho, welcomed sorors to the event and Cathy Clark-Johnson, Arkansas Cluster coordinator, engaged sorors in an interesting and engaging ice breaker prior to transitioning to the workshop sessions.

The concurrent session, “How Do We Do It; How Do we Undo It,” focused on Internal Leadership and Alpha Kappa Alpha standards. Topics of discussion included sorority protocol including standards of behavior and dress for Alpha Kappa Alpha activities and events, and parliamentary procedures. This workshop featured a mock sorority meeting, and the modeling of appropriate and inappropriate attire for various sorority functions. The session challenged members to be guardians of Alpha Kappa Alpha values and standards and presented sisterly approaches that should be taken when sorors are out of order in dress or behavior. The session was both entertaining and informative.

A second concurrent session focused on technology and included two parts — “You’re Back Online” and “One Size Fits All.” The session was conducted in the cooperative’s computer laboratory and all participants had access to a computer. During the “You’re Back Online” session, sorors were guided through accessing the Alpha Kappa Alpha Corporate and the South Central Region websites. Learning exercises included creating user accounts, registering for regional conference and information available to members once they log in to the website.

The “One Size Fits All” portion of the session introduced sorors to current technology tools and their intended uses. The use of various social media tools (do’s and dont’s) was also presented.

Both workshop sessions included detailed handouts that sorors can use for future reference. The joint workshop was well attended by both chapters and workshop evaluations indicated that the sessions provided excellent information that sorors can use now and in the future in meeting the Alpha Kappa Alpha Corporate Imperative – Internal Leadership Training for External Service.

The Workshop Planning Committee was co-chaired by Willette Totten from Delta Omega Omega and Elaina Buckner from Alpha Rho.