Leadership Training Events

Rowe Regional Conferences

The Oliver and Marie Rowe Regional Conferences are endowed by and named after the Rowe family. Oliver Rowe, Σ '25 was one of the most active #7's in Chi Psi’s history. Even before being elected #7, he traveled across the country from Alpha to Alpha spreading lessons on what he termed the "Program for Excellence."  

In the spirit of Brother Rowe’s commitment to connecting Alphas with a common purpose, Chi Psi provides a localized national experience to each Chi Psi region to offer undergraduates the opportunity to meet and network with their peers. Rowe Conferences take place at five separate Alphas across the regions in February and March each year, and are tailored towards the specific challenges and goals of that region's Alphas.

In 2022, Chi Psi is monitoring the status of COVID-19 at host campuses to determine the viability of an in-person conference series.

The Spencer Institute

Held in conjunction with the Chi Psi Annual Convention, the Spencer Institute promotes leadership and national camaraderie. This year, due to COVID-19, Chi Psi has moved the Spencer Institute to an all-virtual setting. Undergraduates taking part should have already received an email, but are free to reach out to dwalker@chipsi.org with any technical issues or questions.

The Institute is designed primarily for #1s (Presidents) and #4s (Treasurers). Recruitment Chairmen and other interested undergraduates are welcome to attend the sessions. The workshops, led by professional trainers and alumni volunteers, emphasize leadership development, financial responsibility, and strategic planning.

Brothers receive comprehensive training focused on recruitment, Alpha administration, educational programming, and risk management while learning about the National Fraternity and interacting with Executive Council Members and Central Office staff.

To address particular concerns and problems which face #1s and #4s, the Institute contains several breakout sessions to help instructors provide answers and guidance. While #1s learn from their peers and focus on Alpha leadership and administration, #4s receive a rigorous overview of collection techniques, payroll taxes, taxes for nonprofit organizations, accounting, budgeting, and general financial responsibility. Altogether, the Spencer Institute supplies the tools to help Chi Psi's undergraduate leaders run an Alpha effectively.

Mid-Year Leadership Retreat

The Mid-Year Leadership Retreat (MYLR) is Chi Psi Fraternity's key leadership training and development program. The four-day retreat in Fairview, TN brings every Alpha's #1 together to learn from and help teach each other those skillsets necessary to pursue their Alpha's goals. Attendees are immersed in all elements of Alpha administration, leadership, and motivation. #1s are taught to lead with their Alpha's purpose and leverage Chi Psi values toward success.

Due to the uncertainty of travel in the United States, planning for the 2021 MYLR is tentative. If necessary, Chi Psi will still run the event from a virtual setting.