Professional Development Conference
The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity aims to ensure our undergraduate members are receiving the most relevant programming to enhance both their personal and professional talents at the Professional Development Conference (PDC). Undergraduate juniors and seniors have the opportunity to attend this premiere conference to enhance their professional skills prior to graduation. This program is open to all majors and backgrounds.
This is a unique chance to enhance professional skills through intense workshops, excellent networking opportunities, and one-on-one coaching. This type of conference leaves participants feeling prepared to tackle their post-collegiate career through:
- Building interview skills, resume, and action plans for career planning
- Learning the skills to “dress for success”
- Working on developing stress management and a healthy work-life balance
- Developing networking skills in both a professional manner and with Phi Psi alumni
- Teaching participants how to be able to make good judgments quickly, sell themselves in any interaction, and manage conflict and difficult conversations in an appropriate fashion
- Much, much more
If you are an undergraduate that would benefit from this experience, apply for the upcoming year below. The application cannot be saved, so you must complete your application in one sitting. We only have 160 spots available. There will be a wait list for open spots. Apply now.
If you’re selected to attend the program, you should expect to hear from us in June. If you are not initially selected, you will be added to a wait list. If you’re invited to attend, you’ll be required to pay $100 for your attendance, which covers a portion of your hotel, travel, and meals. A majority of the program is subsidized through the generous donations of Phi Kappa Psi donors.
If you are an alumnus interested in being a part of this program as a coach, please apply here. You will be notified at the end of May if you have been chosen to coach our undergraduate members. If you would like to be involved with the program other than as a coach we would love to work with you and your company for our recruiter panel or career fair. We are also looking for alum to serve as professional mentors outside of this program. Please send us the contact information of the person to whom we can reach out!
If you have any questions, please feel free to send your questions to James McLendon, Associate Director of Member Development.
The success of the Professional Development Conference and the impact it has with its participants relies heavily on the strength of the coaches we bring to the conference. We’re actively seeking coaches for our next Professional Development Conference, and we want you to apply.
Coaches must be an alumni of Phi Kappa Psi to apply for this program. Alumni of all backgrounds are welcome. The application deadline to be a coach is April 30, 2018. Apply now.
All expenses for selected coaches will be paid for by the Fraternity.
“Thank you for investing your time into us at the PDC. It was an absolute pleasure to partake in the first PDC and I will use the knowledge to further not only myself, but the brothers in my chapter. I appreciated the small talk we had over lunch on Saturday and I will continue to strive not just in my investigative skills and data analytics, but to be resilient and always keep a beginners mindset. Again, this program was incredible and I want to thank everyone who came because this changed my life forever.”
-Brett Jones (Akron ’17)
“The entire PDC was an amazing experience. It was both well organized and rich in content – you definitely did your homework. The whole conference was an excellent networking opportunity for both the students and the coaches. This week, I received an e-mail from one of the local Houston Baptist brothers asking if I would mentor him as he interviews and looks for a career (of course I accepted). When I was on the trip back home, there were student on the flight with me talking about what they learned and were already practicing skills. I believe it all made a big impression on them. Thanks for offering such a game changing program to the undergraduates. This is definitely a differentiator for Phi Psi.”
-Bill Griffith (Texas ’74)
“I was blown away by the incredible conference this past weekend. I thought it was a huge success and by far the best program I have ever attended. I just wanted to send a congratulations to you and send a huge thank you to you and all the rest of the amazing staff for putting on the program.”
Nathan Lavoie (ECU ’14)