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Behind Happy Faces: Taking Charge of Your Mental Health


Ross Szabo CEO , Human Power Project

Ross Szabo served as the Director of the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign from 2002 - 2010. During those eight years he spoke to over one million people, created the first youth mental health speakers’ bureau in the country, reached millions in media appearances and wrote a book titled, Behind Happy Faces. After his time with the NMHA he joined the Peace Corps and served in Botswana. When he returned he started his own company, the Human Power Project, to help get his message out about mental health.


Ross's session will help reduce the stigma's that surround mental health and empowers others to seek help and assist their peers.

Additionally, Ross will be offering a follow up session during our round tables that will help train undergraduates to bring back parts of his curriculum to utilize in their chapters and facilitate healthy discussions about mental health.

Risk Management Review 

    Thomas Fox, Omicron '00

Executive Director

It’s important that every chapter knows and understands our Risk Management Policy, especially some recent changes including a "Good Samaritan Policy" and a ban on hard alcohol at events or on property. We’ll review the policy and talk about some best practices that chapters apply to comply with this policy. We will utilize examples directly from our experiences with chapters during the 2018-19 academic year.


New Technology and Opportunities 

    Thomas Fox, Omicron '00

Executive Director


Cathy Lefebvre, Gamma Tau '18

Director of Chapter Services


We've got a number of new programs and opportunities to share with both alumni and undergraduate members, including a new website, our online database, and an online mentoring system. We will review these in a large group and then break out into smaller meetings to show how they can be utilized differently for undergraduates and alumni.

Undergraduate Track



Best Practice Round-tables


This session will let undergraduates break out into one of four small group discussions. We will have facilitated discussions for chapter Archons, as well as discussions on recruitment, philanthropy & service, and social media.


Alumni Track


Alumni will join the undergraduates for the first Ross Szabo session on mental health as well as the Risk Management Review Session and our session on New Technology. The undergraduates will have break out sessions afterward, and we will then be taking a further look at how some of our new tools can be used by alumni, as well as have an advisory board round-table so we can better serve those working directly with their undergraduate chapters.



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