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Dunham Women of Character Institute


Dunham Women of Character Institute
May 11-13, 2012
Chicago Marriott O’Hare

The Dunham Women of Character Institute is a one day Tri Sigma National leadership program focusing on the training and empowerment of our newer members.  This Institute is designed to prepare women to take on leadership roles in their chapter and on their campus.  Each collegiate chapter should send at least one freshman or sophomore member to the Institute and can send more than one.  

Are you wondering how to select a member or members to attend?  Click here to download a selection process handout.

Get the information packet for this event!

Hotel Information:
We will be staying at the lovely Chicago Marriott O’Hare .
8535 West Higgins Road
Chicago, IL  60631
For more information on the amenities and location, please visit their website:

Central Standard Time Zone:
Remember, Chicago is in the Central Standard time zone.  

Arrival Information:
You should plan on arriving Friday, May 11by 4:00 pm CST.  The Institute begins promptly at 6:00 pm CST with dinner.

If flying, you should fly into the Chicago O’Hare airport .  The airport code for O’Hare is ORD.  The hotel is approximately 3 miles from O’Hare and there is a free shuttle.

Shuttle Information:
The Chicago Marriott O’Hare will be providing complimentary shuttle service from the O’Hare airport.  After collecting your baggage at baggage claim, you will need to go down one level.  You will see red and blue signs that say “Bus Shuttle Center.”  The Chicago Marriott O’Hare shuttle picks up from door #2 every 20 minutes at the Bus Shuttle Center.

Driving Directions:
If you are driving to the Chicago O’Hare Marriott, please click on the link below to get directions:

Badge Attire is appropriate for this event.  Badge Attire is defined as business attire or business casual.  So, dress pants or slacks, skirts, professional looking dress, blazer or jacket, and sweaters or cardigans are all appropriate options.  No denim, chinos or cords. Please pack and plan on wearing badge attire for the duration of Friday evening and all day Saturday.  Wearing your badge is also appropriate.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Mari Ann Callais approaches fraternity and sorority education in a completely heartfelt way. For more than a decade, she has offered fun, upbeat keynotes that help us explore the roles of values in our daily choices. Using music and storytelling, Mari Ann offers a truly unique keynote about values, ritual and the responsibilities of being a lifetime sorority member.

Brad Karsh is the President and Founder of JobBound, a company dedicated to helping professionals and students with the job search. An industry expert on breaking into the job market and an accomplished public speaker and author, Brad Karsh has been a frequent contributor on CNN, CNBC, and The Dr. Phil Show and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Times, and USA Today, among others. Brad is a job advice columnist for Yahoo! and he has authored Confessions of a Recruiting Director: The Insider's Guide to Landing Your First Job (Prentice Hall, 2006) and How to Say It on Your Resume: A Top Recruiting Director's Guide to Writing the Perfect Resume for Every Job (Prentice Hall, 2009).

Prior to starting JobBound, Brad spent 15 years at Leo Burnett Advertising in Chicago. He left in 2002 as the VP/Director of Talent Acquisition, responsible for all the agency's hiring. While at Burnett, Brad evaluated more than 10,000 resumes, interviewed more than 1,000 candidates and hired hundreds of employees. Brad has become a national authority on the job search process. 
Below is a draft preview of your weekend (remember this is all CST): 
1:00 pm Registration Open
6:00 pm Dinner and Welcome
7:00 pm Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Mari Ann Callais
8:00 pm Mentor Time #1
10:00 pm Evening Fun Activity:  Are you Smarter than Mabel?

7:00 am Registration
8:00 am Optional:  Strategic Plan Overview
8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 am Strengths & Character
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Keynote Speaker:  Brad Karsh, Job Bound
Confessions of a Recruiting Director:  The Greek Guide to Getting a Job
12:00 pm  Lunch
1:15 pm Mentor Time #2:  Resume Writing and Practice
2:15 pm Our Story Our Values
3:15 pm Snack Break
4:00 pm Service and Sisterhood
5:00 pm Myth Busters
6:00 pm Break
7:00 pm Etiquette Dinner
8:30 pm Keynote:  Kaye Schendel, National President
9:00 pm Mentor Time #3:  Pulling it all Together
10:00 pm T-shirt Auction to benefit Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation - Leadership Programs

Roommates and StrengthsQuest Codes:
Roommate assignments and a StrengthsQuest assessment code will be emailed to you on or before Tuesday, May 1, 2012.  You will then have an opportunity to connect with your roommate via email and/or facebook prior to arrival at the Institute.

One of the items on our agenda is StrengthsQuest.  We will have conversations about our strengths and how to use our strengths as leaders.  StrengthsQuest is based on 30 years of research by the Gallop Organization.  You will receive your code and instructions on taking the 25 minute assessment.  This online assessment must be completed prior to attending the Institute and you should plan on bringing the list of your top 5 strengths.

T-shirt Auction:
Saturday evening after the Institute we will have a t-shirt auction with the money benefitting the Tri Sigma Foundation – Leadership Programs.  Consider bringing one or more t-shirts for the auction.  These should be new shirts and can be either Tri Sigma or school related.  You will enter them at registration Saturday morning and they will be on display all day for silent bidding.  All shirts that are over $15 will be brought to a live auction Saturday evening.  This is not mandatory, but a fun way to share our Sigma spirit!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact National Headquarters at 540-459-4212.

This Institute is funded in part by a grant from Elizabeth and Fred Hoffert, through the Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation.