Phi Chats are Phi Sigma Kappa’s newest virtual initiative, conducted in partnership with Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, to help our members develop personally and professionally. This program includes a series of weekly webinars that are open to undergraduate and alumni members, covering a range of topics from mental health, stress & time management, networking and interview preparation, and building resilience. These webinars are FREE and pre-registration is required. Click here for a full description of sessions. 

Men & Mental Health: Working towards finding peace

Wednesday, June 10 | 4:00 p.m. EST

A lot has been happening recently in the world around us with the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustices that continue to occur. These events have likely taken a toll on all of us in different ways, emotionally and mentally. Taking care of your mental health is important now more than ever. In this webinar, Dennis will discuss the importance of one’s mental health and some of the risk factors and warning signs that a brother may need a hand.

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Meet the speaker:

Dennis is a national thought leader on the topics of suicide prevention and mental health advocacy. He travels internationally, speaking, raising awareness, and opening up the conversation of mental health. Dennis has been deeply touched by suicide after the losses of two of his brothers to suicide 11 years apart. After years of sitting on the sidelines, he jumped into helping those in need by working on the suicide prevention hotline when he lived in Chicago.

After moving to South Carolina, Dennis got involved with several non-profits that take on mental health issues which allows him to lobby lawmakers and raise awareness by sharing his story. Dennis is on a mission to reverse the current trends in completed suicides and to seriously reduce the stigma associated with getting help for one’s mental health.

Empowerment: Personal Branding

Wednesday, June 17 | 7:00 p.m. EST 

PIVITU empowers candidates to flawlessly execute this journey. We engage over 10,000 students annually with our high-octane career catapult boot camps. Customers include transitioning Special Operations, military, NCAA & professional athletes and student organizations. The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity has won national awards for our annual Professional Development Conference collaboration in Chicago & Dallas.

Ready to pivot? We invite you to join us for a series of three disruptive webinars that will change the trajectory of your career search. This session will focus on building your personal brand in real time. This is your foundation and how to beat the competition BEFORE the interview. We will focus on building individual personal branding, resume construction/reconstructions, phone & other channels, establishing and refining your LinkedIn presence, business and thank you cards, and digital landscape forensics.

This session will not be recorded.

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Meet the speakers:

As founders of Finish The Drill and PIVITU Corporation, Jimmy & Liddie are dedicated to fulfilling the career aspirations of thousands of college students, veterans and athletes. The PIVITU team navigates the current career landscape through the optics of a start-up entrepreneur; cultivated by experience building early stages private equity funded investments that pioneered new technologies. They bring a passion for disrupting the job search status quo with a customized blueprint combined with a transformational delivery model that defines success with only one metric–outcomes. A career versus a job.

Jimmy is a cofounder of the PIVITU Corporation and an accomplished speaker. His heritage encompasses decades of progressive leadership roles forged in Fortune 500 companies including general manager, operations, and international roles serving 400+ employees with $200 million revenue responsibility and senior leadership roles accelerating e-commerce, big data and mobile technology start-ups. PIVITU is located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Liddie is a cofounder of PIVITU Corporation and runs operations, as well as college and corporate landscape. She is a University of Georgia graduate.

Engagement: Forensic Networking & Targeting

Wednesday, June 24 | 3:00 p.m. EST

So you’re caught up in this pandemic ambush. Internships canceled. 30 million unemployed. You feel paralyzed. This is a profound inflection point. How you embrace adversity is the difference between taking a job versus earning a coveted career. We are here to serve as your career co-pilot. Hundreds of applicants competing for a single posting. Disrupt this traditional approach with surgical targeting and engagement. This session will focus on forensic targeting of industry and companies, preferred location, applications, surgical networking, and alumni engagement.

This session will not be recorded.

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Meet the speakers: 

As founders of Finish The Drill and PIVITU Corporation, Jimmy & Liddie are dedicated to fulfilling the career aspirations of thousands of college students, veterans and athletes. The PIVITU team navigates the current career landscape through the optics of a start-up entrepreneur; cultivated by experience building early stages private equity funded investments that pioneered new technologies. They bring a passion for disrupting the job search status quo with a customized blueprint combined with a transformational delivery model that defines success with only one metric–outcomes. A career versus a job.

Jimmy is a cofounder of the PIVITU Corporation and an accomplished speaker. His heritage encompasses decades of progressive leadership roles forged in Fortune 500 companies including general manager, operations, and international roles serving 400+ employees with $200 million revenue responsibility and senior leadership roles accelerating e-commerce, big data and mobile technology start-ups. PIVITU is located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Liddie is a cofounder of PIVITU Corporation and runs operations, as well as college and corporate landscape. She is a University of Georgia graduate.

Red Zone: interviewing Preparation

Wednesday, July 1 | 7:00 p.m. EST 

You are officially in the “Red Zone.” There is one finalist. How do you win with extreme preparation? This session will teach you to differentiate yourself in the interview, dissect the company, create compelling interview questions and close the deal.

This session will not be recorded.

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Meet the speakers:

As founders of Finish The Drill and PIVITU Corporation, Jimmy & Liddie are dedicated to fulfilling the career aspirations of thousands of college students, veterans and athletes. The PIVITU team navigates the current career landscape through the optics of a start-up entrepreneur; cultivated by experience building early stages private equity funded investments that pioneered new technologies. They bring a passion for disrupting the job search status quo with a customized blueprint combined with a transformational delivery model that defines success with only one metric–outcomes. A career versus a job.

Jimmy is a cofounder of the PIVITU Corporation and an accomplished speaker. His heritage encompasses decades of progressive leadership roles forged in Fortune 500 companies including general manager, operations, and international roles serving 400+ employees with $200 million revenue responsibility and senior leadership roles accelerating e-commerce, big data and mobile technology start-ups. PIVITU is located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Liddie is a cofounder of PIVITU Corporation and runs operations, as well as college and corporate landscape. She is a University of Georgia graduate.

The Gift of Fraternity: A discussion around fraternity, career readiness, and individual growth

Tuesday, July 7 | 3:00 p.m. EST 

Imagine for a moment that you’re in a job interview. As you sit down and get yourself situated, you pull out a pen you still have from a fraternity leadership conference to jot some notes down. One of the interviewers notices the pen and asks you, “Oh, were you in a fraternity?” and then pauses as they measure your reaction. What do you say?

In this facilitated discussion, the facilitator will provide participants the space to discuss and reflect on their fraternity experience. Identify ways in which their experience has (or continues) to help them grow as a person and explore ways to identify how it has prepared them for life after college. Participants should expect an honest and candid conversation about their fraternity experience to date, potentially be challenged to reflect on ways the fraternity has or has not shaped who they are as a leader, and potentially leave the session with more questions than answers.

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Meet the speaker:

James Crawford serves the Division of Student Affairs as the Student Affairs Staff Development Lead. James is responsible for division-wide staff development initiatives ranging from employee onboarding, curriculum development, and programming centered around professional growth. Each is designed to foster community among staff while promoting their professional development so they can best support students.

Prior to joining UGA Student Affairs, James worked in the Office of Greek Life at Vanderbilt University where he was responsible for the advisement of fraternities and sororities, programming, assessment, and training. James is a certified Gallup Strengths Coach and serves as a traveling facilitator for Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women and for Delta Gamma Fraternity.

James received his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and his Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. James is a member of Delta Chi Fraternity and, as an undergraduate founding father of his chapter, held several positions and roles including president (“A”) and vice-president (“B”). James was also involved as a resident assistant in UNCW Housing, Seahawk Link, and many other involvement opportunities.

Verbal Judo: Dealing with Difficult People

Wednesday, July 15 | 5:00 p.m. EST 

Participants will learn a gentle approach to conflict management, without creating stress, frustration, and continued conflict, while treating everybody with dignity and respect. Verbal Judo teaches us how to listen and speak more effectively, by engaging people through empathy and uses strategies that allow us to successfully communicate our point of view and take the upper hand when dealing with any situation.

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Meet the speaker:

Paul Habernig Oneonta ’04 currently works as the Director of Student and Community Engagement at Hartwick College, in Oneonta NY.  Paul joined the Hartwick College community in July of 2013 and in his current role oversees many areas within Student Experience including fraternity and sorority life, campus programming, cubs and organizations, leadership, student government, community outreach and volunteerism.  In addition, Paul also serves at the college’s commencement coordinator.

He currently serves in a volunteer capacity as the board president of Destination Oneonta, a member of the Hartwick College Staff Council and as the chapter advisor for Habitat for Humanity.  Paul received his Masters of Business Administration in May 2014 from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY and earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from SUNY Oneonta in 2004.

As a native resident of Port Ewen, NY and founding father of the NY Kappa chapter of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, Paul remains involved with his passion for student engagement and leadership specifically in Fraternity and Sorority Life.  He has previously served as the Alumni Coordinator and Vice President of the House Corporation for his chapter in addition to volunteering with the fraternity nationally.  As an administrator within Student Experience, Paul continues to grow and learn from the students, faculty and staff.  His passion for motivating others, event planning and networking keeps him on his toes year after year.

Conquer the Clock

Monday, July 20 | 4:00 p.m. EST 

Do you know the difference between what’s urgent and what’s important in your life? Every person in the world is given exactly 1,440 minutes each day to work, learn, grow, love and enjoy life. Learn how to prioritize the tasks in front of you in order to maximize your 1,440.

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Meet the speaker:

Upon graduation from the University of Tennessee in 2002, Troy Jaster Tennessee ’00 has been striving every day to become the best possible version of himself. He currently resides in San Antonio, Texas with a wife that’s way out of his league and two sons, Breck (7) and Baron (4), who make every night in the Jaster Home feel like Wrestlemania 16. Troy currently leads a highly productive Keller Williams Real Estate team and relies heavily on his previous life as a teacher because, ultimately, success in real estate is about relationships and education. When he’s not slinging houses all around the Alamo City, he likes nothing more than to cruise across the clear blue waters of Lake Medina in a MasterCraft Boat. In 2017, Troy joined forces with a longtime friend to create the Your Dads Podcast. Troy spent eight years as a Chapter Advisor and has had the honor of being a facilitator, trainer, and presenter at numerous Fraternity events.

Put Yourself First: Strategies for Stress Management

Monday, July 27 | 7:00 p.m. EST 

Why does the flight attendant always instruct you to put your own oxygen mask on prior to assisting others? In this session, you won’t just learn why it’s important to take care of yourself first but you’ll also receive tactical strategies for setting yourself up to excel in college and post-college life.

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Meet the speaker:

Upon graduation from the University of Tennessee in 2002, Troy Jaster Tennessee ’00 has been striving every day to become the best possible version of himself. He currently resides in San Antonio, Texas with a wife that’s way out of his league and two sons, Breck (7) and Baron (4), who make every night in the Jaster Home feel like Wrestlemania 16. Troy currently leads a highly productive Keller Williams Real Estate team and relies heavily on his previous life as a teacher because, ultimately, success in real estate is about relationships and education. When he’s not slinging houses all around the Alamo City, he likes nothing more than to cruise across the clear blue waters of Lake Medina in a MasterCraft Boat. In 2017, Troy joined forces with a longtime friend to create the Your Dads Podcast. Troy spent eight years as a Chapter Advisor and has had the honor of being a facilitator, trainer, and presenter at numerous Fraternity events.

Personal Restoration: Repairing Harm

Sunday, August 9 | 8:00 p.m. EST 

We’ve all likely experienced some sort of harm this year already, whether it be from the COVID-19 pandemic or recent acts of injustice and racism. This session will help participants walk through a personal restoration process after a harm has been caused. They’ll learn how to recover following a behavior or circumstance that has caused harm to one or more persons.

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Meet the speaker:

Dr. Matt Gregory is Dean of Students, Associate Vice Provost and Deputy Title IX Administrator for Students at Texas Tech University.  At Texas Tech, Matt’s supervision portfolio consists of the Center for Campus Life, Office for Student Conduct, Risk Intervention Safety Education Office, Student of Concern and Behavior Intervention Team, and Student Counseling Center.  Matt has over 24 years of experience working in the university environment in a variety of capacities including student housing, fraternity and sorority life, campus law enforcement, student conduct, and students of concern.  Matt previously served the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) on the Board of Directors as the Secretary and President.  Matt has a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Administration from Southern Illinois University, a Master of Education in Counseling and Student Affairs from Western Kentucky University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from Southern Illinois University.  While at Southern Illinois University, Matt joined Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity. Matt has since served as a Chapter Advisor, Alumni Club President, and a long-standing volunteer on the national level. In 2015-2016, Matt served the Southeastern Conference (SEC) as a member of a working group tasked by the SEC Commissioner to explore student-athlete conduct and student-athlete transfer policies at SEC institutions. Matt is a certified Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) instructor and has a basic law enforcement certification from Illinois.