Fraternal Partnerships for the Greater Good

by Matt Mattson

2-people-shaking-hands-globe201223827Today several members of our Phired Up staff will head to St. Louis for a huge conference hosted by the Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values.  While there, we’ll connect with a lot of new friends, but I wanted to take a moment to celebrate some old friends we’ll see there who have built wonderful partnerships with our company.

As you read about these amazing fraternal partners, ask yourself — WHO CAN MY ORGANIZATION BUILD A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH TO MAKE A BIGGER DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD?

Social Excellence involves “collaboration” around shared passions.  Our relationships, collaborators, and partners multiply our capacity to change the world.

First of all, let’s give a shout out to some true innovators.  Mark Koepsell, Tricia Fechter, Leo Glass, Lea Hanson, Mike McCree, Beverly Williams, Shelley Sutherland, Jill Lancaster and the whole crew at AFLV who are pushing our fraternal industry faster than anyone else.  We’re all trying to keep up with the pace at which their driving positive change.  This conference (the largest interfraternal gathering to ever take place) is a pretty good example (but only one) of AFLV’s forward thinking work.  If you’re involved in fraternity/sorority life, I strongly (STRONGLY) encourage you to check this stuff from AFLV out too.

Many of our readers have heard about the Be The Person 2012 event happening this summer. This came about through a wonderful friendship and partnership with Mike Dilbeck and the Response Ability Project.  Exactly as our Social Excellence book describes, we shook Mike’s hand, engaged in conversation, built a meaningful relationship based on trust over time, realized we had shared passions, collaborated, and organized to create this exciting event.

We’ll be co-delivering several educational sessions at the conference in St. Louis this weekend.  Jessica Pettitt, a wonderful friend of Phired Up, is working with us to engage participants in a discussion about the intersection of social justice and membership selection.  Sam Centellas, a truly dedicated interfraternal leader, is also working with us to teach growth strategies for culturally-based fraternal organizations.  Jess and Sam are both excellent examples of working with others for a simple reason — the greater good.  We don’t make money off these partnerships, we don’t get famous.  But we have a greater opportunity to make a dent in the world because of our connection with these outstanding professionals.

I think what inspired me to write this was the great service I’ve been getting from another partner of Phired Up — GIN (they do our website).  These guys (Chad Corbitt in particular) have been going above and beyond to help us with some enhancements to our site that you’ll see in the near future.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, of course.  I’d love to go on and on about the NIC, NPC, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, our headquarters and campus partners, our new and VERY EXCITING partnership with UNILOA, and so many others.  But you get the point.

So, who can your organization partner with to multiply its impact on the world?