By Lillie “Ivory” Madali, Vice President of External Affairs

The last weekend of July marked the annual retreat for the National Executive Board. Facilitated by Maria Iglesia, Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life at University of California, Berkeley, the board members worked on leadership development, team building and planning for the upcoming year.

“It was such a treat and joy to be surrounded by such dedicated sisters. I love volunteering and contributing my knowledge, skills, talents and strengths back to the sorority that gave me so much!” Iglesia said.

Board members left the retreat feeling refreshed and invigorated with new ideas and big plans for the new year.

Every executive board member created a goal for the upcoming year:

Hannah Seoh, President
To ensure longevity and sustainability of Delta Phi Lambda by implementing a five-year strategic plan that promotes the mission and vision of the sorority by convention 2011.

Victoria Huynh, Vice President of Internal Affairs
To develop a standard annual summer leadership retreat for the purpose of fostering national solidarity and providing effective leadership skills to all chapter executive board members for implementation Summer 2011.

Lillie Madali, Vice President of External Affairs
To build a community of supporters for the sorority (alumnae, undergraduates and interests) by increasing awareness of our mission and current events through creating avenues for listening and keeping in touch through print/digital/mobile media, by Convention 2011.

Alison Kao, Vice President of Finance
To provide a sustainable national treasury by restructuring chapter dues and the national budget to increase reserves for emergencies and strategic initiatives, and ensure longevity of the national account’s ability to support the organization by May 2011.

Wilma Miranda, Vice President of Records
To archive and document important sorority history, on national and chapter levels, using an efficient and sustainable digital system through gathering research by Convention 2011.

National board members utilize strategic planning method, SWOT to identify (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats)


The board also performed a SWOT analysis of the sorority’s programs. Following that analysis, they collaborated to unite under one SMART goal for the year:

To increase alumnae involvement to 100 alumnae volunteers, through encouraging participation in a committee and dues payment, through increasing communication, awareness and opportunities to be involved by Convention 2011.

This year, Alyssa Soluren, alumnae director, also had the opportunity to come to the retreat.

“At retreat, I was given the opportunity to learn a little bit more about the executive board in terms of their past and current projects, personalities and leadership styles. I believe this retreat both reunited and rejuvenated all attendees and gave us the opportunity to get to know each other a little bit better. For me, this experience was enlightening and educational, and I am grateful to have been a part of this positive experience,” Soluren said.