FGA Symposium

August 18, 2024 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The NIC’s Fraternity Growth Accelerator (FGA) provides emerging fraternities with the platform to collaborate on necessary resources and services. This effort will support their continued growth and development within the North American Interfraternity Conference and the fraternal movement. 

The FGA Symposium is an opportunity for all FGA organizations to meet and collaborate on common topics for members of the Fraternal Growth Accelerator. All FGA members are welcome to attend the Symposium which is held in conjunction with the NIC Annual Meeting of Members and FFE Seminar. The 2024 Symposium will be held in person at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. 

Benefits of Attending

I highly recommend this program as a tool to both educate and motivate yourself as well as other staff / volunteers from your fraternity. This is a unique opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. I hope you consider attending the FGA symposium.

Timothy A. Smith, MBA, Executive Director, Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity, Inc.

The FGA symposium is a great opportunity for members to meet similar counterparts in a collaborative environment focusing on issues that affect smaller/specialized fraternal organizations. The educational sessions along with the round table discussions are tailored to input received directly from FGA members. 

FGA Symposium attendees will engage in educational content during the day as well as a short business meeting where FGA dues rates will be discussed and an NIC Governing Council representative will be elected.  

FGA members are also encouraged to attend the NIC Annual Meeting of Members and/or FFE Seminar.
Read more about the Dual Experience if you are interested in attending both.  

2024 Schedule-at-a-Glance

The 2024 NIC Educational Symposium lineup highlights critical topics for fraternal industry professionals. By attending NIC Annual Meeting of Members, volunteer leaders and staff for FGA fraternities accessed timely and relevant education that offered direct application to further each organization.

Sunday, August 18
FGA Symposium (FGA members only)9 – 3 p.m.
CSO-Board Chair Symposium (Chief staff officers and board members only)10 – 5:30 p.m.
FSPAC ReceptionTBD
Monday, August 19
NIC & Campus Partner Breakfast8 – 9 a.m.
Educational Symposium I9 – 10:15 a.m.
Educational Symposium II – Dr. Jean M. Twenge
iGen: Guiding the smartphone generation and understanding the challenges of high school and college men today.
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
NIC Alliance Partner-Executive Speed Dating 11:45 – 12:45 p.m.
NIC Luncheon with Alliance Partner Recognition12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
NIC Educational Symposium III – Lindsay Boccardo
Every Generation Wins: Why Building Multi-Generational Teams is the Future
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
NIC Meeting of Members (NIC members only)3 – 4:15 p.m.
Networking Reception5:15 – 6 p.m.

2024 Educational Symposiums

iGen: Guiding the smartphone generation and understanding the challenges of high school and college men today.

Dr. Jean M. Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University and Owner of Generation Me

Traditional-age college students are members of Gen Z (born after 1995), the first generation to spend their adolescence with smartphones. National surveys of teens and college students show that Gen Z students are growing up more slowly as adolescents, spend more time with technology and less time with each other in person, and are more likely to experience unhappiness, anxiety, and depression. We’ll discuss the implications of these generational shifts for guiding this generation.

Every Generation Wins: Why Building Multi-Generational Teams is the Future

Lindsay Boccardo

Generations misunderstanding each other is not a new problem. Every generation thinks the one that comes after them is less competent, more entitled, or harder to work with in an organization. 

The good news is that no one generation is broken. 

According to a 2019 study, multi-generational teams with a range of 25 years or more from youngest to oldest meet or exceed expectations 73% of the time. Those with a narrow range of less than 10 years did so only 35% of the time. The future of collaborative work is truly about inclusion.  

In this interactive session, Lindsay will facilitate a dialogue on generational differences and their impact on relationships within membership and volunteer engagement. Participants will explore their individual experiences growing up and how these directly shape their interactions within organizational settings. 

In this session, attendees will: 

  • Understand the origins of generational divides within membership and volunteer engagement. 
  • Identify the key factors contributing to generational tension within organizations. 
  • Anticipate the cultural expectations of future young employees and volunteers within organizational cultures. 
  • Discover strategies to enhance the positive influence of multi-generational membership and volunteer teams. 

2024 Registration & Costs

  • Registration for the Symposium costs $60 per attendee and includes lunch and programming.
  • FGA members are also encouraged to attend the NIC Annual Meeting of Members and/or FFE Seminar at a 50% discounted rate. To access the discounted rate for the NIC Annual Meeting of Members and/or FFE Seminar, contact Will Foran for your discount code.
NIC Annual Meeting of Members50% Discounted Rate
Early-Bird Registration: Deadline June 30$150
Standard Registration: July 1-July 31$200
Late Registration: August 1-5$250
FFE Seminar50% Discounted Rate
Early-Bird Registration: Deadline June 30$250
Standard Registration: July 1-July 31$300
Late Registration: August 1-5$350
Dual Meeting Experience50% Discounted Rate
Early-Bird Registration: Deadline June 30$287.50
Standard Registration: July 1-July 31$337.50
Late Registration: August 1-5$387.50

Who Should Register

  • All volunteer leaders and/or staff of FGA fraternities are welcome to attend the FGA Symposium and NIC Meeting of Members.

How to Register

  • Register to attend the FGA Symposium by clicking the button below, logging in to FS Central and selecting the 2024 NIC FGA SYMPOSIUM form on the Events tab.
  • If you would like to attend the FGA Symposium as well as the 2024 NIC Meeting of Members and/or FFE Seminar you must also contact Will Foran for your FGA discount code and register through the respective FS Central form.

If you have questions about registration or the FGA Symposium, please contact Gretchen Foran at gretchen.foran@fraternalexcellence.org.

Location & Lodging

• The event will take place at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown.
• A room block is available for attendees. NIC/FFE rates start at $184/night + taxes/fees for reservations booked by August 5, 2024.
• Cancellation Policy for NIC/FFE rate: Hotel cancellations made 48 hours or less before arrival will be subject to a charge of one night plus applicable taxes.

Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
350 West Maryland Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46225


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