Our annual national convention is a forum where sisters from around the U.S. unite bringing culturally diverse perspectives to teach, learn and reflect amongst each other.
During convention, we conduct sorority business, learn about new programs and initiatives, recognize chapter and individual excellence, invest in our own personal and professional development, and most importantly, strengthen the bonds of everlasting sisterhood!
2018 National Convention
Join us where it all began in Athens, Georgia to celebrate our 20 year anniversary.
This year’s theme, “Standing Together, 20 Years Strong,” signifies our small humble beginnings starting with 7 determined women to now leading with 1300 dedicated female leaders over a network of 19 chapters.
This celebration will not only honor the work that has been established the last 20 years, but reignite the passion and commitment for this Everlasting Sisterhood.
Explore More Information About Convention!
1. Register for convention before July 6, 2018. Register Here >>
2. Book a hotel room at the Holiday Inn-Athens before July 12, 2018. Book by calling 706- 549-4433 >>
3. Decide on your travel plans. View Travel Options Here >>
4. Familiarize yourself with the 3-day schedule. View Schedule & Programs Here >>
5. Plan out your attire according to the following dress code:
- Thursday: Casual for travel.
- Friday Day: Business casual for educational sessions; Casual for sightseeing.
- Friday Night: Casual for dinner; Dressy for nightlife.
- Saturday Day: Business casual for educational sessions; Casual for sightseeing.
- Saturday Night: Semi-formal for Banquet; Dressy for nightlife. (Neos need to wear white dresses)
- Sunday: Convention t-shirt & jeans for final day.
6. Pack your luggage. Here are a few non-basic items to consider:
- Power Strip: As some of you will be staying four people to a room, you might run out of plugs with all those laptops, phones and hair plug-ins.
- Cash for tipping: It is customary to tip $2 per bag to anyone that handles your luggage, each rider should tip $2 to the shuttle driver, and each guest should leave at least $5 per day to the housekeeper.
- Cash for activities: The convention schedule leaves plenty of room for sightseeing. In addition, dinner Thursday and Friday nights are not provided by DFL
Be prepared to network with sisters from far and wide to strengthen the bonds of everlasting sisterhood.
Collaborate with your peers and sorority leaders to discover new pathways for innovative ideas and unleash the possibilities for change.
Discover Your Potential
Study the conference schedule and come prepared to engage in the topic of conversation. The sessions were created to help advance your professional and personal development.
Share Your Experience
Take the information you gained and share the value of your benefits of the convention with those who were not able to make it and encourage them to attend next year.
Congratulations on your first DFL National Conference! You are about to embark on a wonderful experience. Each year, nearly 150 sisters gather to teach, learn, network, and laugh. Approximately 50 first-time attendees join the Convention each year and once you attend, you’ll want to come back again and again – it’s that good!
As you navigate through Convention, keep in mind that the most valuable resources are the people you meet, the connections you build and the knowledge you gain by interacting with them. Even when you return home, they become great resources for future questions or issues that arise.
The following tips will help you with interaction with other attendees:
- Sharing meals is a really good way to get to know other attendees. When you are seated at breakfast or lunch, be sure to introduce yourself to everyone at the table.
- Talk to sisters as you are waiting for a session to start, maybe over a cup of coffee in the morning.
The following are the days attendees should arrive:
Thursday, August 2 Evening
- BOD & Staff Attendees
- Undergraduate Attendees
Friday, August 3 Evening
- Alumnae Attendees
- IG Attendees
Sisters are required to register the day they arrive to receive their badge, first day schedule and swag bag.
Convention is set to end at 2 p.m. after our sorority group photo.
Sisters are required to sign-in each morning to receive the latest schedule and updates. This is important because room changes do occur.
The success of our National Convention depends on the participation of all attendees. Convention attendees should arrive-on-time, be prepared and ready to contribute during all scheduled events. Aspirations for the Spring 2018 Roster must be met for convention. Excludes Neos of Spring 2018 and Graduating Sisters Spring/Summer 2018.
Attendees are strongly encouraged to take pictures and videos throughout convention. However, the use of electronic devices during convention sessions should be limited to official sorority business needs. Electronic devices include but are not limited to laptops, cell phones and tablets.
Ritual & Business Meetings Usage
We prohibit the use of electronic devices during ritual and business sessions due to the sensitivity of information.
Speaker Session Usage
It can be frustrating for a speaker to look into the crowd and see the audience using their electronic devices. Therefore, we discourage the use of electronic devices during speaker sessions unless filming ‘short’ videos.
Social Media Usage
Attendees are strongly encouraged to post photos/videos throughout convention. Make sure to use our official Convention hashtags #DFLConvention2018, #20YearsTogether20YearsStrong.
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Jessica Kouch – Director of Events
Mai Nguyen – Vice President of Finance
Jenny Qiao – Vice President Alumnae
Chelsia Lai – Director of Marketing
Convention Planning Team
Thank you to all the Board of Directors, HQ Staff and especially the Convention Planning Committee for your assistance in preparing for the convention logistics, banquet, gifts and marketing. Without you this event would not be possible!