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2019 Leadership Institute 

Leadership Institute


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.

The Need for Change



David Westol, JD

Limberlost Consulting


David Westol is the founder, owner, and CEO of Limberlost Consulting. An alumnus of Michigan State University and the Detroit College of Law, he has an extensive and impressive background in fraternity/sorority life and specializes in risk and crisis prevention/management and interventions. He is a former assistant prosecutor with significant jury trial experience. He has served in many leadership roles at the executive level of fraternal organizations and professional organizations. He has made more than 6,000 presentations regarding hazing, risk management, motivation, values, ideals, and leadership on over 490 campuses and at over 370 national men’s and women’s fraternity and sorority events.


In this presentation he will discuss some of the major incidents that have affected the higher education landscape, particularly with regards to Greek Life. As Psi Upsilon navigates this shifting climate we want to be sure we’re aware of why we are making decisions and how to continue to be an benefit to our campuses.


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.

 Scholarship Luncheon


Dean John "Jay" Ellison

Dean of Student at the University of Chicago

John “Jay” Ellison is the Dean of Students in the College at the University of Chicago. Ellison began his career in emergency services, first as an Emergency Medical Technician and then as a Police Officer. After serving in Law Enforcement for 4 years, Ellison entered College and earned his BA, Summa cum laude from Southeastern College (now Southeastern University) in Lakeland, Florida, working as a body guard while pursing his studies. After graduating in 1989, Ellison continued his study of ancient languages at Harvard Divinity School, earning a Masters of Theological Studies in 1991. In that same year Ellison entered the PhD program in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC) in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard.  

While in graduate school Ellison worked as a teaching fellow in several courses and received the Bok Center’s award for excellence in teaching in 1997, 1999, and 2001, the years the course was taught. Ellison was hired part-time as an Instructor in the NELC at Harvard and as a part-time Instructor at Boston College in 2000. A year later, Ellison became a full-time Preceptor in Semitic Philology at Harvard.

Ellison conducted doctoral dissertation research in the Arab Republic of Syria in 1997-1998 on a Fulbright fellowship. He then earned both his MA (2000) and PhD (2002) in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

In 2002, Ellison became the Allston Burr Senior Tutor (now Allston Burr Dean) for Lowell House and a Lecturer in NELC at Harvard. During his years at Lowell, Ellison also served the College as a member of the Local Emergency Management Team (LEMT).

Ellison moved into the position of Secretary of the Administrative Board of Harvard College, the committee that oversaw all exceptions to academic requirements, academic review, and discipline, in 2005 and was promoted to associate dean in 2008. Ellison also served as the Director of the LEMT and continued as a lecturer in NELC, and taught in the Harvard College Freshman Seminars program.

On July 1, 2014, Ellison became the Dean of Students in the College at the University of Chicago. In this position Ellison oversees a large staff of professional academic advisers as well as administrators in College programing and academic support services. Ellison also founded four offices in the Dean of Students area: the Center for College Student Success (CCSS), the office dedicated to serving students from under resourced area, first generation, and undocumented/DACAmented students; the College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF), which supports students looking to conduct research, as well as students and alumni in nationally competitive fellowship and scholarship competitions, and advises students planning to attend graduate school in the arts and sciences; the College Academic Advising Office (CAAO), the which includes all of academic advising in the College; and the Office of College Community Standards (OCCS), which works with students on leave, oversees academic review and discipline. He also serves on several university-wide committees and was named one of the top ten influencers in Higher Education for 2016 by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

  Awards Banquet

Morris Wolff, Gamma '58 (Amherst)

In 1993 Morris Wolff received the United Nations Peace Award for Humanitarian Service at Carnegie Hall. In 1983, along with Rosa Parks, he was awarded the National Council of Christian and Jews annual award for humanitarian service for his work with Attorney General Robert Kennedy in helping to write the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964. Morris practiced international law and trial law in Philadelphia from 1970 to 1993 as a partner with the Honorable Harold E. Stassen, former Governor of Minnesota and one of the five original signers of the United Nations Charter. During that period Morris was also a Professor of International Law and Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and served for two years as the Chief Assistant District Attorney of the City of Philadelphia. In March of 1983 Morris was asked by Guy von Dardel of Stockholm, Sweden, half-brother of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, to sue the Soviet Union to force them to release his brother Raoul. His book “Whatever Happened to Raoul Wallenberg” tells the story of heroic life saving work in Hungary and reports on Morris's pro bono effort in US Federal Court in Washington DC to achieve this awesome task of rescue. Morris Wolff is a distinguished lawyer and law professor. He is a cum laude graduate of Amherst College and of the Yale Law School, where he studied international law under Sterling Professor Myres McDougal and Federal Judge Guido Calabrese, of the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Morris currently resides in Florida where he continues his career as an Associate Professor and Director of the Bethune-Cookman University Wild Cats Write! Program for Entering Freshmen.


Professional History:

President of the AIESEC (International Association of Students of Economics and Commerce) which has continued its mission for over 50 years with over 90,000 graduates in 83 countries Appointed by US

Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to serve in the creation of The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Served under

President John F. Kennedy in the Office of Legal Counsel and worked directly with the President Marched with Marion Wright Edelman of the Children's Defense Fund at the gathering on the Washington Mall of Dr. Martin Luther King when King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963 Worked with Senator Sherman Cooper of KY to draft and develop new laws on civil rights and integration Worked with Congressman Richard S. Schweiker, later the head of the Department of Health and Human Services under Ronald Reagan, in his campaign to end the oppression of Jews in Russia Served as Managing Partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Stassen, Kostos, and Mason and held that post for 20 years Published ten scholarly articles on International Business and Family Law Filed a historic lawsuit in the District of Columbia against the Soviet Union on behalf of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish Diplomat, hired by the United States to save Jews in Hungary during WWII. Judge Barrington Parker found the Russians liable for the kidnapping of Wallenberg and awarded the family damages in the amount of 39 million dollars Senior policy advisor at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. Notable clients include: the S.C. Johnson Company, Nippon Telephone and Telegraph Company, H&H Poultry of Delaware, and others in over 17 countries.

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