Dunham Women of Character Institute 2017

We are pleased to announce information about the 2017 Dunham Women of Character Institute.

Collegiate Chapter delegates will join together April 7th-9th in Chicago, Illinois to learn and lead with character using the values of Tri Sigma as their guide. Participants will have the opportunity to network with sisters from every collegiate chapter as well as alumnae and collegiate mentors who will lead them to success as they take the character message and activities back to their chapter for our national month long celebration of character in October.

This program continues our long standing tradition of unifying our leaders under the mission, vision, and values of our sisterhood while providing an exceptional experience that will leave each participant, each sister, empowered to share the character message.


Dunham Women of Character Institute

April 7 -9, 2017

Chicago O’Hare Airport Marriott

Chicago, IL


Dunham Women of Character Institute Schedule Overview:

Friday, April 7: Participants arrive to the O’Hare Marriott.  Registration opens at 4 pm CST along with our Sigma Shop (merchandise vendors) and other informational booths and activities.  The program officially starts promptly at 6 pm CST with dinner followed by our guest speaker:  Dr. Mari Ann Callais.

Saturday, April 8: Grow your leadership and character education toolkit with educational workshops, speakers, and experiences that you can take back to your chapter and campus.  We will hear from Sara Schairer, the founder of COMPASSION IT and Jacqueline Baker founder of Scarlet Communications.

Sunday, April 9: Wrap up your weekend putting the finishing touches on your character education plan. Participants will be free to depart hotel by noon.


Guest Speakers at 2017 Dunham Women of Character Institute:

  Dr. Mari Ann Callais will be our opening keynote speaker. Dr. 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.




COMPASSION IT is a nonprofit organization and social movement that inspires compassionate actions in the lives of every person we reach. We believe that when you “compassion it” in your daily life, you can positively impact the entire world.

Sara Schairer, the founder of COMPASSION IT, is a Stanford University-certified teacher of compassion. The knowledge she gained from her Stanford training informs the programs and workshops that she and her team offer.



Jacqueline Baker is a solutions-driven leader with over a decade of experience. She’s an entrepreneur. She’s the founder of Scarlet Communications. And just for fun,

Jacqueline is a James Bond movie enthusiast and a dedicated mentor and snowboarder. Jacqueline brings this same zest for life to her work with clients. She has coached over 4000 youth and adult students, in excess of 100 etiquette topics – in both business and personal subjects – in 8 states. The lean, but mighty staff of 8 of Scarlet Communications – under her leadership – work diligently to ensure that etiquette and protocol is continuously taught in a modern, real-world and engaging way.


Chapter Information:

Each collegiate chapter should send at least one delegate.  When choosing your chapter’s delegate(s) for the 2017 Dunham Women of Character Institute remember that after the Institute she will serve as the chapter’s 2017 CHARACTER COUNTS! Week chair.  She will learn more about this at the Institute and come home with a lot of specific character education resources for the chapter!  Click here for delegate selection ideas. Click here to register.

Please direct all inquiries to Chris Smithhisler, Assistant Vice President of Education and Training via email csmithhisler@trisigma.org or phone 317-373-1347.