2019 Launchpad Scholarship

Tri Sigma’s Launchpad is a pre-Convention leadership opportunity to come together and learn strategies for personal and professional success. Thanks to the generosity of a few Tri Sigmas, the Foundation was able to award Launchpad Scholarships. Every scholarship helped alleviate the additional hotel cost for the night prior to the program.

Congratulations to the following 38 Tri Sigmas who received a 2019 Launchpad Scholarship!

Full Name Initiation Chapter
Karen Aho Epsilon Eta
Heather Baker Gamma Xi
Vicki Bird Nu
Christine Cassidy Epsilon Pi
Miranda  Cromley Gamma Xi
Madison Davis Lambda
Caroline  Degeyter Alpha Mu
Sydney Dodson Alpha Mu
Megan Fowler Alpha Mu
Cecilia  Fruge Alpha Mu
Haven Gerstenlauer Alpha Mu
Lauren Green Alpha Mu
Rachel Greene Beta Epsilon
Britney Hatfield Alpha Mu
Shelby Hester Gamma Psi
Miranda Himel Alpha Mu
Sarah King Eta Rho
Renee Kries Iota Alpha
Missy Martin Epsilon Zeta
Nancy McCarley Zeta Gamm
Jessica Miller Gamma Xi
Tracy Mitchell Gamma Xi
Jordan Nelson Theta Epsilon
Paige Newman Theta Delta
Michelle Osborn-Hallet Epsilon Eta
Brenda Osterman Ray Alpha Psi
Cecilia Paetsch Epsilon Omicron
Christy Paul Delta Phi
Courtney Powelson Beta Epsilon
Megan Reinhardt Eta Sigma
Lori Richard Beta Delta
Jill Schmidt Epsilon Omicron
Margaret Shepherd Alpha Mu
Amy Skinner Eta Nu
Ashley St. Romain Alpha Mu
Nirali Surati Eta Rho
Xena VanDusartz Beta Pi
Kelly Woods Alpha Pi


About Launchpad

On Friday, June 28 from 8 am to 12 pm, participants will learn about habits for building wealth, identify a personal brand statement and learn how to convert big goals in achievable small projects. This educational program is FREE thanks to 100% Tri Sigma Foundation funding.

Launchpad supports continued personal and professional development for Tri Sigmas:

  • Learning about habits that can help you build wealth regardless of profession or income
  • Learning how to define, assess and evolve your personal brand
  • Learning how to find free and low-cost help to achieve your goals

Get to know Diony Cespedes our keynote speaker!

Diony Cespedes, MBA, is a financial coach and business strategist who defines wealth as Health + Happiness + Cash + Income Producing Assets. She built Sole Strivers Financial Fitness, a wealth building consultancy, to help clients achieve goals related to financial wealth and ell-being. Sole Strivers Financial Fitness provides educational seminars and coaching in English, Spanish, French, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

Diony has more than 15 years of corporate and start-up experience, playing lead roles in over 160 projects with budgets ranging from $10,000 to $100 million. She has created and/or executed strategies for large organizations including: ABN AMRO Bank, Rothschild Advisors, Warner Music Group, Aetna, and the State University of New York.

Diony is the author of Make Your Dreams Happen—5 Steps to Turn Your Dreams into Realities, a goal attainment guide. Diony is also a personal finance journalist whose work has appeared in: LatinTrends Magazine, Triple the Focus, World Bride Magazine, The Network Journal, BET.com, and NV Magazine.

Diony earned a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Marketing from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, a certificate in Finance from Baruch College, and an MBA from Howard University, where she was a Howard University Trustee Scholar. She speaks French and Spanish and is a recipient of the Dena Coye Outstanding Woman Entrepreneurship Award from the National Minority Business Council.