Kappa Alpha Order’s Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) is one of the best conferences in the Greek community. It is available to any interested KA brother seeking to lead his chapter. ELA provides a different learning experience in which members of the national staff bring the sessions out of the classroom and into the streets of Lexington. Imagine touring the sites on campus at Washington & Lee University and learning more about our founders and how they started our fraternity. Imagine visiting the graves of Samuel Zenas Ammen and others and talking about their shaping the ritual of the fraternity. Imaging walking the parade ground at Virginia Military Institute and learning about leadership from the lessons of Generals George C. Marshall and George S. Patton. Imagine attending a life-changing experience within your KA membership.
Cole Evans, former Number I of Florida State University, shares, “Going to Lexington and seeing all of the history and tradition at Mulberry Hill and W&L was something I’ll never forget. Meeting other KAs from around the country was also something that made ELA special and gave us a great opportunity to connect with guys from different chapters.”
ELA provides premier leadership training through the small group experience, certified educational sessions and engaging large group presentations. Small groups are led by peers—selected juniors and seniors who have attended ELA before or are current or former chapter leaders. These men come to Lexington and lead teams of 10-12 younger members of the Order. This unique opportunity helps brothers become more engaged in their chapter in the future. Additionally, one entire morning is dedicated to service learning and giving back. More than 300 KA brothers go “into the streets” to aid more than a dozen non-profits and local organizations in the Lexington and Rockbridge County communities.
Cole sums up the experience very well: “ELA is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in being on their chapter’s leadership team in the future or would just like to become more involved. The entire experience provided me with useful information and skills to operate our chapter to the best of my ability once I took over as Number I.”