Mari Ann Callais’ Programs

Stepping Up and Leaning In: A Woman’s Guide to Living and Leading the College Experience
It is no secret today that women experience more challenges compared to men requiring them to work harder for similar opportunities. Looking on a college campus, women are often the majority of the community and outperform men academically. But why is it that outside of the classroom, women continue to play into stereotypes and stand behind their male counterparts?

Why don’t we see more women standing up to their male co-leaders when an idea conflicts with their values or policies? Why are women dressing up, acting and endorsing activities that are degrading? Why do we continue to see incidences of women combating each other to be on top instead of offering strength and support? Perhaps it’s time for women to “lean in” and take an active role in their careers, relationships and communities.

Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, explores why women have a tendency to sit back passively when given the opportunity to step into leadership roles. Oftentimes, they don’t feel they deserve to be respected, or unworthy to hold a high-ranking position. Women are invited to the table, but in order to gain respect and achieve their goals, they must know how to arrive with intention, confidence and poise.
Dr. Mari Ann Callais has worked with women in various communities for over 25 years. In this dynamic keynote, Mari Ann will challenge women to stand up and reinforce that deserve respect by men, campus administrators, professors, their roommates, friends and, most importantly, themselves. By leaning in, women can take hold of their experiences and make a difference in the lives around them. This keynote is customizable for new students or sorority audiences!

Learning Outcomes
As a result of attending this program, students will learn:
• of available resources to make changes in their lives and their communities,
• how to assist others who may need encouragement and/or mentoring,
• to stand as a proud woman, or to set an example by being a supporter or women, and
• to learn to have the courage to be bold, take risks and be an agent of change agent in the world.

From Ritual to Reality
Using music, humor and storytelling, Mari Ann offers a truly unique keynote about values, ritual and the responsibilities of being a lifetime fraternity or sorority member. For nearly a decade, she has built a legion of admirers with her fun, honest, upbeat keynotes on fraternity and sorority values.

Fraternity and sorority communities have asked her to campus to discuss the importance of community service and ritual with new members. She is among the most popular retreat facilitators in the country. As the past national president for Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity, Mari Ann offers a unique blend of local and national perspective on sorority issues and has helped numerous Panhellenics deal with the issue of sorority hazing.

Mari Ann approaches fraternity and sorority education in a completely different way. With her guitar, she uses music to create a relaxing environment. Students stay engaged as she talks and interacts with her audience, instead of simply talking at them. She leads them goal-setting one minute, and then moves to a sing-along of Jimmy Buffett the next. By sharing her experiences and observations, Mari Ann helps members explore their values and their reasons for being part of a fraternity or sorority.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of attending this program, students will learn:
• a better understanding of how to put the concepts shared in ritual ceremonies into practice,
• how to challenge their membership to create experiences that are aligned with the promises and values expressed in the creeds, ritual ceremonies and educational programs of their organization,
• ways to follow their registration oath, by taking care of and challenging each other, and
• to understand that their founders created a foundation to live a life of values and purpose, and that they are better members because of their involvement in a fraternity or sorority.

Why Do We HAZE and How Do We Change?
Stop Hazing. Unfortunately, these words alone are not the silver bullet to eradicate hazing from society today. Let’s instead take a deeper look at the issue and try to understand what hazing is, why it still exists and what needs to happen to truly stop hazing. This interactive keynote incorporates concepts of behavior and value congruence within organizations and lays a clear path forward of how we can all become part of the solution.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of attending this program, students will learn:
• why hazing still exists,
• how hazing is contradictory to many organizations’ values,
• what they can do to be an advocate against hazing, and
• the long-term harm of hazing practices.

Making the Most of Your College Experience
This keynote is great for new student orientation, parent programs and first-year experiences events. Using tips from her chapter “Making the Most of Your College Experience,” in the book Roadmaps to Success in College, Dr. Mari Ann Callais shares her experiences from both a professional and personal perspective. This keynote is upbeat, entertaining, motivational and educational and will leave everyone inspired to creating their own college experience.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of attending this program, students will learn:
• how to make the most of the resources available to them,
• how to make friends quickly and with ease,
• finding their place in a large school, and
• how to optimize their time and energy.

Leadership Out Loud: Life Lessons for Success
When you think of leadership, is it something you know or something you do? More than likely, it’s both. Many people hold leadership positions, but do they understand what leadership truly means? Dr. Mari Ann Callais has more than 25 years of experience teaching, facilitating, and leading organizations toward providing more effective experiences. She has led a national organization, once close to extinction, to become the successful, thriving organization it is today. She has taught teams, both in the corporate world and in campus communities, to communicate more effectively and motivate their members to lead with integrity. This program is applicable to residence life trainings, campus activities, leadership, professional staff development and even graduate student development. Mari Ann has worked with student organizations on both community college and university campuses. She has served a faculty member, teaching student affairs leadership and student development classes, as well as freshman leadership courses. Additionally, she has served as the National President of her sorority, worked with youth groups and summer camp programs and countless national leadership organizations. Her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Research has helped her understand college students and the professionals who work with them, not only because she has read about leadership, but also because she has lived it.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of attending this program, students will learn:
• team building strategies and techniques,
• what motivates people to become leaders with integrity, and to cultivate these types of leaders,
• how to market the leadership experience they are having, and
• how to improve communication in order to create more positive environments within their organizations, staff, etc.

Recruitment Counselors – Community Change Agents
In most communities, the Recruitment Counselor position has become a sought-after role specifically for juniors and seniors who are looking for something more. These members are the most educated group of sorority women we have on campus besides the Panhellenic Executive Board and they have the ability to be agents for change and community builders on your campus.

Dr. Mari Ann Callais has been working with Recruitment Counselors as an FSL advisor and a facilitator for more than 25 years. She understands how to help these leaders do more than see their role as a “recruitment tour guide” getting the potential new members from one recruitment event to the next, but instead be the women who become role models and examples of real sorority women.

Mari Ann can facilitate a program from a 2-hour workshop to a 5-hour retreat that is fun, values driven, and change focused. If you are looking for someone to discuss the operations of recruitment, this is not the workshop for you. If you are looking for leadership and a values-based experience, this is exactly what you need.