Dr. Mari Ann Callais

Dr. Mari Ann Callais

Dr. Mari Ann Callais serves as the Sr. Director of Strategic Initiatives for Delta Delta Delta Fraternity. She has been a keynote and featured speaker at many local, regional, national and international conferences and conventions. She has been a member of AFA since 1991 and wrote her dissertation on Sorority Rituals and Behavior.

Dr. Mari Ann Callais serves as the Sr. Director of Strategic Initiatives for Delta Delta Delta Fraternity. She has been a keynote and featured speaker at many local, regional, national and international conferences and conventions. She has been a member of AFA since 1991 and wrote her dissertation on Sorority Rituals and Behavior.

Archie reaches students personally as he openly and honestly shares his own struggle with addiction and clinical depression. He weaves research of top therapists and addiction specialists into his storytelling, allowing audiences to understand and feel the potential for loss and pain. He guides attendees to a place of self-reflection, encouraging them to find balance and reclaim the power of the emotional baggage that often controls their lives.

Whether it’s a conversation at New Student Orientation about mental health or a student leader keynote about leading with purpose, Archie offers a vibrant mix of life lessons that leaves students inspired, empowered and ready to make authentic changes. Ultimately, helping re-frame the narrative that tough topics can and should be tackled together to overcome life’s deepest sorrows.

Archie attended Samford University for his Bachelor’s degree and received a Master’s of Science in College & Student Personnel Administration from Illinois State University.

PROGRAMS

Let’s Be About It: Centering the Ritual in our Personal and Organizational Actions

Keynote | Workshop | Virtual | Retreat

As members of fraternal organizations, we learn the history, traditions, and rituals of our groups. We are taught to learn the information in much the same way as those who have come before us; names, facts, dates, creeds, and mottos.

But there must be more, much more, to membership than just memorization.

In her signature program, Let’s Be About It, Dr. Mari Ann Callais challenges us to return to the core of what we believe, our ritual, as a guide for the actions we should take as members. Having decades of personal, professional, and academic expertise on this topic allows Dr. Callais to make meaning of ritual (or ceremonies) for new, current, and lifelong members of our organizations.

It is not enough to talk about who we are and what we believe…it’s time for us to be about it

Ideal Audiences

  • Fraternity and Sorority Life

  • Alumnae/i Engagement

Audience members will…

  • Explore the core elements of ritual as it relates to Sorority and Fraternity membership

  • Consider ways in which we can make our rituals serve as guides for action

  • Develop an understanding of how we as individuals and groups can infuse ritual into all of our choices

Audience members will…

  • Distinguish between “fitting in” and “belonging” for prospective members of organizations

  • Clarify how belonging in actualized in community, purposes, and bonds

  • Explore ways in which members can share organizational identity/identities to prospective new members

Ideal Audiences

  • Membership Development

  • Recruitment

 

*Ask about how this program can be tailored for Recruitment Training 

It’s Not About Fitting In: Building True Belonging in Student Organizations

Keynote | Workshop | Virtual | Retreat

When done correctly, our organizations are places of belonging. A place where members find community, purpose, and bonds that can last a lifetime. 

What we know about belonging has changed in the last few years; previously the conventional wisdom said it was about finding a group where we feel we fit in and joining. Simple, right? Not so much.

In this new signature program, Dr. Mari Ann Callais shows how our organizations can take lessons from our collective experience of the pandemic, how we have adapted to maintain and develop connections, and apply them to the needs of all new and current members. It isn’t about fitting in, rather about asking members to be who they already are and ensuring they find a home in our organizations. 

At its core, that’s what true belonging is all about.

Lean In and Take Up Space!

Keynote | Workshop | Virtual | Retreat

For years, women have been taught to lean in. This concept was first introduced and popularized by Sheryl Sandberg and has been at the heart of most discussions of women’s empowerment ever since. This is great advice and Mari Ann believes it is effective for leadership, advancement, and personal development. 

But we can’t stop at leaning in; because, after we lean in, we must take up space!

In this dynamic, thought-provoking signature program, Mari Ann Callais works to lay the foundation for the leaning in process but also what the best next steps are to ensure academic, organizational, and professional success. Through wit, humor, powerful storytelling, and actionable steps, Mari Ann shows how the next generation of great leaders will be seen, heard, uplift others, and occupy space at every leadership table.

Ideal Audiences

  • Women’s Empowerment

  • Leadership Development

  • Sorority 

Audience members will…

  • Consider the “lean in” process and how it can apply to personal and organizational development 

  • Clarify the relationship between leaning in and taking space as it relates to leadership

  • Develop strategies related to occupying space and how it connects to overall academic, organizational, and professional success