Theta Eta, Rider University

I am filled with thanks that the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation gave me the opportunity to attend “Social Tilt” this year through their Professional Development Grant. While the cold stretches of the North Dakota prairie in winter isn’t a top destination in mind for many, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to spend a weekend learning from my peers.

Social Tilt, brings together 25 leaders from across the United States in the fields of community development, social innovation and tech entrepreneurship each January. I not only learned a great deal about myself over the weekend, but I learned that having the limits of your comfort tested can be healthy, too.

As I am in the early days of my professional career, I am often critical of myself that I lack the experience or credibility in my field to influence real change. This summit turned that logic on its ear. Spending three days with peers boasting widely different experiences gave me a shot of confidence in my own abilities and potential.

I am grateful to the donors and Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation board members who generously selected me in this inaugural round of grants. This brief experience has shaped my year, my role in my community and my professional network. The weekend, while fleeting, will not soon be forgotten. Your generous gifts have influenced me more than you can imagine and I thank you for it.