Even with midterms cramming schedules and heavy course-loads making free time sparse, members of the Epsilon Upsilon chapter continue to pursue their interests beyond the classroom. Their drive to be “Leading Women” never stops, even when the amount of work they have seems unmanageable. Therefore, we’d like to highlight the incredible accomplishments of some of our weekly-awarded “Leading Women” from this semester so far.
First, we highlight Shira Becker, who just accepted a full time offer with Bank of America Merrill Lynch to be a Global Healthcare Investment Banking Analyst after graduation this coming spring. “As a sister who very recently went through the finance recruiting process, I have been a source of support and information for sisters who are interested in getting into the industry,” said Shira. Shira, who is not only dedicated to excelling in this position, is also fully committed to helping her sisters in anyway possible, conducting “coffee chats,” information sessions, resume reviews and mock interviews for anyone who is looking for help.
Even before I knew that Theta’s motto was "Leading Women," I equated the Columbia chapter and its women with leadership. The way the sisters composed themselves, held positions on campus, and supported the empowerment of women made it obvious to me that they were leaders on and off campus. When I, myself, joined the Epsilon Upsilon chapter, I continued to see that the idea of leadership was not just in the individual sisters, but in everything the fraternity did, dating back to 1870.
Theta’s Emerging Leadership Institute (ELI) is a weekend of leadership training that I was lucky enough to attend this summer. Every year, through the amazing work of the Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, a group of girls from across the country travel to DePauw University to learn how to become better leaders. Along with fellow Columbia Theta sister Ashley Rodriguez and 40 other Thetas from across the country, we started the weekend at DePauw University by talking about what we thought leadership meant.
Upon joining Theta, our older sisters — who hold our founders and alumnus in high esteem — impart on us a wealth of knowledge about the history of Theta. We learn about all of the incredible accomplishments of our fellow Thetas and quickly become inspired by these courageous “leading women.”
“Leading Women” becomes a reality when you take a look at the astonishingly accomplished women around you. With sisters this summer writing news content for Global Citizen, researching cutting edge scientific discoveries, doing cyber security at GRA Quantum, and working with Nobel laureates—it’s suddenly obvious why Thetas are leading women. Sacrificing sleeping in and sunny beach days for the 9-to-5 office life, these women have internships that inspire them and the people around them to be their best selves and reach for success.
In an effort to provide a new platform for sharing more about our chapter and what our sisters are up to, we're introducing the Columbia Theta Blog. Each week, we'll feature a blog post, written by members of our Publications Committee, about a topic of their choosing. We hope you enjoy this new addition to our website!