Our five regional leadership consultants (RLC’s) are recent graduates who travel the country to support, motivate, educate and inspire our collegiate chapters and colonies. The service of a consultant is so unique – as the skills and talents of a recent graduate offer something really special to our organization. It’s not an easy job. Every day, in every way, these five special Tri Sigmas work to offer themselves and really live the saying, “To receive much you must give much.” As they conclude the academic year, we want you to discover what insights they have gathered from their time on the road.
We begin with Nikki Cowart. An initiate of Gamma Mu, Nikki had a unique role as the RLC who supported our colonies and new chapters. Nikki is a Louisiana native, and will conclude her service in June. We wish her the very best, and know this is just the beginning of her legacy of service to Tri Sigma!
When I reflect upon my past year as a Regional Consultant, only one word really seems to come to mind: Unbelievable. Unbelievable that only a few years ago I was a New Member of Gamma Mu chapter, just learning what Tri Sigma was about. Unbelievable that I now refer to the Mabel Lee Walton House as “home.” Unbelievable that I was able to help with the installation of two new chapters. Unbelievable that over the past year I have gotten to know so many amazing women who have forever left their handprints on my heart. Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that I would have to opportunity to travel the country and lead young women on their journey to become amazing Tri Sigma’s.
Working with New Chapters and Colonies has been such a blessing because they remind me every day that it’s the small things that are most important. Some chapters tend to take for granted things like learning a song, celebrating Founder’s Day and even having chapter Alumnae to celebrate with! But new chapters take such pride in having the privilege to be a part of these events. These women have been given an opportunity to create something new. They get to create their chapter – its traditions, image and expectations. I highly encourage each chapter, both new and old, to remember to celebrate the little things. It’s the small achievements in life that lead to our big adventures.
Of everything I have learned through my experiences this past year, the most important thing that I will walk away from this job with is knowing that Tri Sigma truly is a lifelong experience. I have had the privilege of working with so many National Officers and volunteers of various ages. They all come from different places and have different things going on in their lives, but their love for Tri Sigma is all the same. It is these women who inspire me to continue to give back to the organization that has given so much to me.
As I begin to pack up my suitcase one last time and head back South, I am more than sad to see my year come and go so quickly. I know for sure that I have made incredible friendships with so many women and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for each of them.
Nikki Cowart – Gamma Mu