Stead Leadership Seminar

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Stead Leadership Seminar Overview

The Stead Leadership Seminar is held annually in the summer, either in conjunction with the General Assembly or alone. During General Assembly years, non-delegates participate in the Leadership Seminar programming that is held concurrently. During odd-numbered years, the Leadership Seminar is typically held on a college campus in the Midwest.

The three-day program offers workshops, presentations, and other educational sessions covering the full range of chapter programming and personal leadership development. The seminar’s program also consists of brotherhood activities, chapter award presentations, and the Initiation Ritual exemplification.


The Stead Leadership Seminar is named in honor of Jerre and Mary Joy Stead. Jerre Stead was initiated as a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha in January, 1962 at Coe College. He transferred to the University of Iowa and graduated from there in 1965. Jerre is a FAITHFUL STEWARD of our Fraternity, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation since 1998, six of those years as Chairman of the Board.

This is the opportunity of a lifetime. Each Stead Leadership Seminar will give brothers memories and experiences that will suit them well in life. Additionally, the curriculum that the General Fraternity offers helps brothers be better officers, members in Lambda Chi Alpha and lifetime alumni. A preliminary schedule of events is listed in the agenda section. Keep in mind that this is subject to change and we will try to keep it updated as much as possible.


The conferences will take place at three different locations across the country. The locations and dates are as follows:

  • Stead Central – Vanderbilt University – July 27-30, 2017

2201 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37235

  • Stead East – University of Maryland – College Park – August 3-6, 2017

3792 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20742

  • Stead West – University of California – Los Angeles – August 10-13, 2017

308 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Any undergraduate is welcome to any Stead Leadership Seminar, regardless of the region of their Zeta.


How much does it cost to attend? 

The registration is the same for each conference. Each undergraduate participant will be required to submit a $185 deposit when registering. The remainder of the registration cost will be billed to the chapter in the fall term. Alumni will pay the full amount when registering. Deposits and alumni registration must be paid by credit card (VISA, American Express and Discover are accepted, Mastercard is NOT).

The cost for each seminar is as follows:

  • Undergraduate Participants: $750
    • Early bird pricing (on or before May 15): $550
    • Early bird pricing (on or before May 31): $650
    • Pricing includes lodging, meals, and programming.
  • Alumni Participants: $650 (whole conference)
    • Early bird pricing (on or before May 15): $450
    • Early bird pricing (on or before May 31): $550
    • Pricing including meals and programming only. Lodging will be up the alumni participant to acquire. Lambda Chi Alpha will have a room block that will be open on a first come, first serve basis beginning April 15, 2017.
  • Alumni Participants: $250 (single day pass)
    • Early bird pricing (on or before May 15): $150
    • Early bird pricing (on or before May 31): $200

**For undergraduate participants, registration costs, minus deposits made, will appear as charges on the chapter’s fall statement. Chapters and colonies who send less than 3 participants, will still be charged for 3 participants at the conference cost of $750. Scholarships awarded to chapters will appear as credits on the chapter statement.


What are my deadlines?

  • Registration Goes Live – February 15, 2017
  • Registration Closes – May 31, 2017
  • Cancellation Policy – Notification of cancellation prior to May 31 will be given a full refund of amounts paid. Notification of cancellation between June 1, 2017 and 30 days prior to the start of the conference will be given 50{61e03f308e2944aff1d6ff16665c6e61d066b95c3bc4d3e4dacc5c53d093e24e} of amounts paid.  Notification of cancellation less than 30 days prior to the conference will be given no refund.  Refunds will be credited back to the credit card used to register.
  • Substitution – If you need to substitute an attendee, you can do this by emailing Please include the School, Name and email of the new attendee, and the name of the old attendee. All substitutions must be completed by May 31.


How do I register?

Click here to register for Stead CentralClick here to register for Stead EastClick here to register for Stead West


Are there scholarships for the regional Stead Leadership Seminars?

In addition to helping underwrite the cost of the Stead Leadership Seminars, the Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation also has individual scholarships available in the amount of $550 each to help students attend. There are also chapter-specific funds available which can assist with scholarships. To learn more and to apply, please click here. Applications are due April 10. If your chapter receives a scholarship, your deposit will be returned to the credit card that was used.

There are no travel reimbursements for the regional Stead Leadership Seminars.


Does my chapter need to send a representative?

Yes, as mandated by the Constitution and Statutory Code, the Chapter must have at least three Collegiate Brothers or Associate Members present at all regional leadership workshops or other regional events in its conclave area.


Who should go from my chapter?

Everyone from your chapter or colony is eligible to attend the Stead Leadership Seminar, including high zeta officers, aspiring leaders, and anyone interested in leadership and character development. Your High Pi and other alumni volunteers may also benefit from the experience.


What will I get out of attending the Stead Leadership Seminar?

You will gain the knowledge and the resources to become a better leader and will obtain a richer fraternal experience. You will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with brothers on issues including:

  • Recruitment Best Practices
  • The Initiation Ritual
  • Volunteering & Community Engagement
  • Fraternity Education
  • And much more!

You will learn from other brothers and contribute to group conversations and roundtables. Our goal is to strengthen the experience you offer at your chapter.


Is there going to be a Ritual Exemplification performed at each Stead Leadership Seminar?

This summer, at the three Stead Leadership Seminars, we are incorporating several new educational approaches to our conference programming. One particular new approach is that we will be offering a variety of in-depth, hands-on ritual workshops to enhance participants’ knowledge and application of the Initiation Ritual of Lambda Chi Alpha. Because of this change, we will not be filling teams of collegiate members to serve on the International Ritual Team (IRT) to perform the Ritual Exemplification.

However, the General Fraternity staff is seeking collegiate members to serve as Summer Collegiate Facilitators at this summer’s Regional Stead Leadership Seminars!

Click Here for more information!


Who else will be there?

Brothers from all over North America, including members of the Grand High Zeta, members of the Student Advisory Committee, Master Stewards, the Educational Foundation Board, and the General Fraternity Staff, will come together to participate in the educational and developmental Chapter programming. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and discover new ideas for your Chapter or Colony.


When should I plan to travel?

Transportation to and from the designated airport on Thursday and Sunday is part of the Stead Leadership Seminar registration cost. Participants that wish to receive transportation from the airport must complete their flight information when registering for the conference. If you do not have this information at the time you register, you will be able to go back in and update that information by June 1, 2017.  Participants flying into any other non-designated airport must make their own ground transportation arrangements.

Each participant should arrive at their conference’s campus residence hall for check-in by 1:00 pm on the Thursday of your seminar. Participants should be prepared for the kickoff ceremony around 1:00pm. All attendees must depart the facility by 12:00pm on the Sunday of the seminar.

Flying In

For brothers flying to a summer seminar, Lambda Chi Alpha will provide shuttle transportation to the campus on Thursday. Shuttles will run from the designated airport only, and will pick brothers up at all terminals and taking them to campus. Participants flying into any other non-designated airport must make their own ground transportation arrangements.

                  Designated Airports:

  • Stead Central (Vanderbilt) – Nashville International Airport (BNA)
  • Stead East (Maryland – College Park) – Baltimore International Airport (BWI)
  • Stead West (UCLA) – Los Angeles International (LAX)

Driving In

For brothers driving to a seminar, please use the address listed in the confirmation packet for directions. Upon arrival and check in, you will be given a parking pass during check-in.


On Sunday, Lambda Chi Alpha will provide shuttles to the designated airports listed above Sunday morning for brothers flying home. All attendees must depart the facility by 12:00pm.


All awards will be determined through the CORE Program in 2017. Winners will be announced at all Stead Seminars.


Will the Neville Advisor’s College be offered?

There will not be a Neville Advisor’s College at any of this year’s Stead Leadership Seminars. Please check out the Lambda Chi Alpha website to learn more about the next Neville Advisor’s College in early 2018.


Alumni Hotel Room Blocks:

Stead Central: Lambda Chi Alpha has secured a room block for the conference at the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University. The conference block rate is $199 per night for a King or Double room. The hotel is 0.4 miles from the majority of the meeting space and dining. Check out the hotel on their website.

If you are interested in booking this hotel for the Stead Leadership Seminar, please email You are also welcome to call 317-564-0544. The deadline to book your room at our room rate is June 30, 2017.


Stead East: Please contact Ashley Moriarty at, or call her at 317-564-0544.


Stead West: Lambda Chi Alpha has secured a room block for the conference at the Hotel Angeleno. The conference block rate is $259 per night for a King or Double room. Hotel Angeleno is 6 minutes (1.5 miles) away from the program by shuttle. Check out the hotel on their website.

If you are interested in booking this hotel for the Stead Leadership Conference, please use this link. You are also able to call at (866) 264-3536; make sure to reference the “LCA Stead Conference” room block in order to receive the group rate. The deadline to book your room at our room rate is July 15, 2017.


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