There’s no place like Baton Rouge for the holidays! The Pi Sigma Epsilon chapter at the University of Georgia traveled to Louisiana for the South Regional Conference, along with chapters from KSU, North Alabama, and University of Louisiana-Monroe, with LSU as the hosting chapter. Gamma members participated in the Pro-Am Sell-a-thon, Enterprise Speakers’ Competition, and Marketing Competition. LSU also hosted a PSE career fair and several workshops for professional development. Students also had the chance to listen to educators and professionals share their experiences about how Pi Sigma Epsilon transformed their lives as well as how they excelled in the professional world. This amazing weekend adventure would not have been possible without the support of Headquarters, who even offered a presentation and lesson about the organization as a whole.
For the members of Gamma, attending the conference itself was an accomplishment – the University sent 22 members to compete. Sophomore Addy Delean, now our VP of New Member Development, was new to PSE at the time: “I have not been as challenged or inspired as much as I was for the Regionals competition. I participated in my first ever sales competition, and I ended up as a finalist. Having the opportunity to participate in such a great event has helped me realize where my professional potential can go. Not only did I expand my horizons professionally, I created lifelong bonds with the other people that went. I can genuinely say that I carry the people that went to the Regionals competition deep in my heart.”
Addy wasn’t the only person to do well from our chapter – we had four candidates in the top seven of the Pro-Am Sell-A-Thon, with Simy Carvalho taking home first place. Alex Woodruff and Lindsay Quandt placed first and second respectively for the Enterprise Speakers’ Competition. As for the marketing competition, the winning team had three Gamma members: Amy Young, Christian Starling, and Lindsay Quandt. Teams were briefed on a college internship and then challenged to develop and present a coherent digital marketing strategy. The weekend offered limitless opportunities to expand and refine professional skills of all aspects. Lastly, the chapter rounded out the weekend with a stop in New Orleans before heading back to Athens. Overall, Regionals was an incredible experience for all the members involved, and Gamma can’t wait for Nationals in the Spring!