Tau Kappa Epsilon's Regional Leadership Conferences will be held virtually in 2021 due to the continued effects of COVID-19 and the Virtual RLC registration cost for collegiates is included as part of the Annual Membership Fees for your chapter or colony. In addition, there is no registration fee to attend the RLC programming for any alumnus who has made a Life Loyal Teke contribution in the 2020 calendar year. For any alumnus who has not, the cost to attend is a 2021 LLT contribution of $18.99 or more. Our Fraternity is proud to produce a high-quality virtual educational experience, ensuring our members can participate while remaining safe and healthy.

TKE's Chief Executive Officer, Donald E. Aldrich, shared, "As we completed the Regional Leadership Conference season in February 2020, the world was beginning to see the impact of COVID-19. Since that time, Tau Kappa Epsilon's Grand Council and the TKE Professional Staff have expanded our virtual programming opportunities with financial support from the TKE Foundation. We have created more than 75 videos on our YouTube channel, a virtual Prytanis and Recruitment Chairman training, a virtual commencement and continued to deliver new episodes of the TKE Nation Podcast biweekly. With a dedication toward innovation and delivering educational programs to as many Tekes as possible, we are excited to showcase a new format to the 2021 RLC season.”

We are proud to share that the RLC program will be unlike any other in our history! Your RLC registration cost is already covered in your Annual Membership Fee, so don't miss this chance to attend one of TKE's top leadership programs!


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RLC 2021 Schedule

Recruitment Leadership Conference: Saturday, January 16

Recruitment is the lifeblood of our Fraternity. It is at the heart of everything we do. And while 2020 presented new challenges and may have left some chapters short of their goals, there is a tremendous opportunity and potential in what we can still accomplish this school year. The Recruitment Leadership Conference will focus on how to build relationships and recruit in the virtual climate, how to set and achieve our recruitment goals, and what we can do to set ourselves up for membership growth in a post-COVID world.

1:00 pm EasternRegional Leadership Conference Welcome
High-Performer Recruitment Panel
1:45 pm EasternPhired Up Presentation
Recruiting in the Current Climate

Afternoon Breakouts

2:30 pm EasternBuilding Relationships
Importance of forming relationships and bonds with potential new members, be it over Zoom, in person or otherwise.

Tactics/Mechanics of Recruitment
Setting up your recruitment schedule, assigning roles to other chapter members, and executing on your plans to close deals and grow your chapter

Educating and Retaining Members
Recruiting new men is just the first step. We need to create a valuable, efficient new member education experience in order to move them from candidate to initiate and demonstrate the value TKE can provide.
3:00 pm EasternRecruiting a Diverse and Inclusive Membership
Ensuring our new member classes are not made up of the same guy 15 times over, and we are introducing diversity of background, experience and thought into our chapters.
3:30 pm EasternRecruitment Speed Rounds
Practicing recruitment through scenario-based training with other Fraters in randomized groups, including making introductions, carrying meaningful conversations and closing deals.
4:00 pm EasternSpeed Round Debrief & Recruitment Wrap-Up


Regional RLC Sessions

Each region of TKE Nation faces its own unique challenges, now more than ever. And while we can’t all be together in person, meeting and learning from one another, we can still spend time with the other Fraters from our neck of the woods, focused on the role our region plays in The Expectation of Excellence. Spend one of four Thursday evenings with us, talking about brotherhood, sharing feedback with the TKE Regional staff, and taking a look at what is left to accomplish in the winter and spring. Each Regional RLC day will follow the same schedule, this schedule is listed below.

Regional RLC Session Dates

Thursday, January 21Northeast Regional Leadership Conference
Thursday, January 28Elmer & Donna Smith Regional Leadership Conference (South)
Thursday, February 4Donald R. Tapia Regional Leadership Conference (Midwest)
Thursday, February 11Greg & Cay Woodson Regional Leadership Conference (West)


Regional Day Schedule

8:00 pm EasternRLC Welcome
TKE Foundation Highlight
Brotherhood/Retention Panel

Hear from chapters who have created a lasting brotherhood by retaining current members and creating a valuable TKE experience.
8:45 pm EasternBreakouts
Three breakouts, pre-arranged by chapter size, facilitated by a TKE staff member or volunteer, to debrief what we have covered so far and discuss the challenges facing our groups.
9:30 pm EasternTrends and Statistics: A Look in the Mirror
Chief Executive Officer Donald E. Aldrich and your Regional Director will discuss the first half of the year with data from the region and action steps to produce a successful second semester.


Expectation of Excellence Day: Saturday, February 20

1:00 pm EasternRLC Welcome
1:05 pm EasternKeynote: Venerable Grand Prytanis Dr. James Hickey
The road ahead; The future of the Fraternity as we recover from COVID-19.
1:30 pm EasternYour Money Vehicle Preview
1:45 pm EasternEntrepreneurial Leadership Panel
How do the lessons learned as a business leader—starting and leading a successful company—translate to success and performance within TKE?
2:30 pm EasternNetworking Breakout w/ Panelists
Panelists from the Entrepreneurial Leadership session will lead their own breakouts to discuss and debrief the information shared.
3:15 pm EasternServant Leadership Panel
How does putting others in front of oneself lead to a more fulfilling and productive leadership experience?
4:00 pm EasternMoving forward after COVID-19
How are we operating when the COVID-19 pandemic is in our rearview mirror? This session will focus on recruitment, re-building culture, properly allocating limited resources and setting ourselves up for long-term success.
Closing Remarks

Expect additional announcements about platform and access in the coming weeks. We hope you plan to mark your calendars and get registered for the chance to celebrate our brotherhood and chart our future. Throughout history, Tau Kappa Epsilon has been innovative and adapted to meet the challenges of the moment. We welcome this opportunity to rise to serve our membership yet again—and train for how we build a better TKE tomorrow!

Presenters

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Phired Up helps fraternities and sororities grow. They have a team of trainers, speakers, technology helpers, coaches, consultants and strategists. They're on a mission to create the future of fraternity and sorority by transforming the way people join. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the best in the business! Their team of passionate fraternity/sorority professionals are engineers of a growth system that makes fraternities and sororities safer, healthier and stronger.

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Jed Collins is a graduate of Washington State University and a former NFL fullback of eight seasons. After his NFL career, Collins started a new career as a leadership consultant & expert in financial management. He has shared his financial literacy insight with high-level corporations, college athletes and first-year NFL players. His virtual program, Your Money Vehicle, prepares individuals for the tough financial decisions they will have to make throughout life.

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An initiate of the Rho-Psi chapter at Millersville University, Dr. Steve Yacovelli is the Owner and Principal of TopDog Learning Group, LLC, a leadership development consulting firm. Proudly known as “The Gay Leadership Dude,” Frater Yacovelli is an expert in facilitating leadership skills and strategies that align with diversity, equity, and inclusion. He is also the creator of and Lead Coach at The L.I.O.N.S. Program (A Leader’s Immersive Opportunity to Nurture Strength).

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Frater Hickey initiated into TKE at the Zeta-Alpha chapter of Wagner College. He has been a member of the Grand Council since 2009 and currently serves as Grand Prytanis. Professionally, Frater Hickey is the Headmaster at Austin Preparatory School, serving students from grades 6-12 in Reading, Massachusetts. Dr. Hickey holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy from Fordham University's Graduate School of Education.

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Frater Ed Moy initiated into TKE's Lambda chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a member of the TKE Circle of Excellence. Frater Moy served from 2007 to 2013 on the Grand Council and is a Past Grand Prytanis. Professionally, Frater Moy served as Special Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel under the George W. Bush administration, and he was the 38th Director of the United States Mint.

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Frater Bob Nardelli is the Founder & CEO of XLR-8 LLC, Investment & Advisory Company. Nardelli has grown the sales and profits of a number of multi-national corporations. After begining his career at GE in 1971, he has since served as Senior Advisor, CEO of Cerberus Operations & Advisory Company, Chairman, CEO & Board of Managers member of Chrysler, and Chairman, President & CEO of The Home Depot.

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Frater Mark Romig initiated into TKE's Theta-Mu chapter at the University of New Orleans, and has served as a member of the Grand Council and the TKE Foundation Board. Professionally, Frater Romig has served in leadership roles with multiple organizations, is currently the Chief Marketing Officer/Senior Vice President for New Orleans & Company, the destination marketing organization for New Orleans Tourism Industry and is also the voice of the New Orleans Saints.

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Frater Brian Montgomery initiated into TKE's Gamma-Upsilon chapter at the University of Texas. He is a past Grand Council Officer, having served on the Grand Council from 2011 to 2018. Professionally, Frater Montgomery serves as the Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, also known as the commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration. He also has served as acting Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

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Frater Chuck Whittington initiated into TKE's Pi-Psi chapter at the University of Southern Mississippi and is a past Grand Council Officer who served on the Grand Council from 2017-2019. Professionally, Frater Whittington was a Major (two-star) General in the United States Army and served as the Deputy Director of the United States Army National Guard. Currently, he is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Pactiv Corporation.

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Frater Dave Bohline initiated into TKE at the Beta-Sigma chapter of the University of Southern California, served on the Grand Council as Grand Hypophetes from 2013-2015. He became a member of the TKE Foundation's Board of Directors in 2018 and currently serves as its Vice Chairman of External Affairs. Professionally, Frater Bohline is the Chief Operating Officer at and Co-Founder of Apollo Interactive, a performance marketing agency.

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Frater Erich Ploog initiated into TKE's Epsilon-Omicron chapter at the University of Houston and serves on the Grand Council as an At-Large member. Professionally, he has served as Senior Managing Consultant at IBM Corporation and currently a Partner & Managing Director for Benjamin Johnston Design, LLC, an interior design company. He has started and operated several successful companies as an entrepreneur.

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Frater Brad Bohannan (Delta-Lambda, Central Missouri) is the owner of multiple businesses, including several bars in New Orleans—Spirits on Bourbon, Turtle Bay on Decatur, and Tavern on Vets— and Bohannan-Hybner Publishing, which has published songs for award-winning country music artists, including Craig Morgan, Tracy Lawrence, and Colt Ford. Spirits on Bourbon, featured on the TV show ‘Bar Rescue’, has thrived as one of the most popular locations on Bourbon St.

HOW DO THE REGIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES BENEFIT ME?

The 2021 Virtual RLC is Included In Your Annual Membership Fees. Now is your chance to benefit from an RLC from wherever you are.

This is your opportunity to gain skills necessary to succeed on campus, in your chapter or colony and your chosen field. From business majors to fine art students to engineers and scientists, you will find value in developing your abilities as a Frater.

Network. Take advantage and interact with Fraters from all over TKE Nation.

Even in this virtual enviroment, you will have opportunities to connect with Fraters, mentors and experts. Share ideas with Grand Council members, Foundation Board Members, Local and Regional Based Volunteers as well as additional TKE VIP’s and the Fraternity Staff. We’ve created the space for you to grow your TKE experience with Fraters overcoming similar challenges on campus and in life to compare what has worked and how further successes can be attained.

Create Your Path. Customize your schedule and attend the sessions that interest you.

Whether you’ve just accepted a bid or are a 50 year veteran of TKE service, Regional Leadership Conferences offer a chance to fulfill your obligation of brotherhood in the bond: to develop your abilities and contribute them. What you learn is up to you!

Haven't experienced an in-person RLC yet? Check out the TKE Nation Podcast episodes that we recorded during last year's RLC season. With so many learning opportunities offered at each location, we weren't able to record it all, but these episodes feature glimpses of what you can expect from our next in-person RLC.

HOW DOES THE REGIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES BENEFIT MY CHAPTER OR COLONY?

We have the Expectation of Excellence in Tau Kappa Epsilon. The statistics show that groups who attend the Regional Leadership Conferences are more successful. With this year's RLC being free to participate in, more of your chapter can participate.

Are you ready to take your chapter/colony to the next level?

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