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Central Emerging Leaders Academy

March 27 - March 28


The Emerging Leaders Academy is a new two-day intensive leadership event for emerging leaders, both undergraduate and alumni, who are ready to rise to the next step in their leadership journey. These events provide emerging leaders the skills and confidence needed to tackle future leadership responsibilities, lead fearlessly, and rise above challenges they never dreamed possible.

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Program check-in will be 2PM-4PM on Friday. Please plan to arrive by 3PM.

The program will conclude on Saturday evening. To graduate you must be in attendance for all parts of the program.

Your hotel reservation includes lodging for Saturday night so it is advised that you plan to depart on Sunday morning.

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Undergraduate with Hotel (Quad Occupancy*) – $ 110
Alumni with Hotel (Double Occupancy*) – $ 240
Includes two nights in our host hotel, program registration, and materials, dinner Friday, breakfast and lunch, and dinner on Saturday.

Undergraduate without Hotel – $90
Alumni without Hotel – $120
Includes program registration and materials, dinner Friday, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday.
*We do not accept or honor roommate requests, though we make every effort to have attendees from the same chapter in the same room.


Registration with hotel closes on March 8 at 10:00 p.m. CST.
Registration without hotel closes on March 23 at 10:00 p.m. CST.
Scholarship applications are due February 24.


Anyone needing to cancel or substitute their registration must login to their MySAE Account and submit a change request. Substitutions may incur a $75 substitution fee.

Canceled registrations will be refunded until 10:00 p.m. CST on March 8. After that time, no refunds for cancellations will be issued.


The Fraternity is offering a limited number of tuition scholarships this year. The scholarships will cover the cost of registration. Travel to and from Chicago is the responsibility of the recipient.

The deadline for scholarship applications is February 24. To apply for a scholarship click HERE.


By registering for this event, you hereby acknowledge that you have read all of the following terms and conditions and agree to them:

By completing this registration, you certify you are either 1) registering yourself for the event or 2) completing registrations for fellow chapter members on their behalf and are liable by doing so. During registration, it is the responsibility of the person registering to keep track of who he registers, and that person will be responsible for payments for any member he registers. Failure to pay for yourself, or the members you registered, will result in your chapter being billed.

Registrants are not required to stay on property for this event. The deadline for registration with hotel is 10:00 p.m. CST on March 8. The deadline for registration without hotel is 10:00 p.m. CST on March 18.

Cancellations may be submitted until 10:00 p.m. CST on March 8. After that time, no refunds will be issued.

Payment is due at the time of registration.



Attendees who register with hotel will stay at the Westin Michigan Avenue. The address for the hotel is: 909 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.


If you register with hotel your reservation will be taken care of by the Fraternity. You will check-in to the hotel on Friday and check-out on Sunday. Partial-night rates are not permitted.


We do not accept or honor roommate requests, though we make every effort to have attendees from the same chapter in the same room.


You will be required to provide your own transportation to Emerging Leaders Academy – Central District.


The closest airports to Chicago are O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Midway International Airport (MDW).


The Westin Michigan Avenue offers valet parking for a daily fee. Offsite parking garages are also available for an additional fee. Parking costs are the responsibility of each individual.


Attendance for the entire program — from start to finish — is required for successful graduation. Departing early from the program, for any reason, may result in failure to graduate. Additionally, mid-program substitutions are not permitted and will result in failure to graduate.

Attendees who fail to graduate from the program will be responsible for reimbursing the cost of attendance that is sponsored by the Fraternity and Foundation ($100).

A No Show Fee of $100 will be charged to anyone who fails to attend without formally canceling their registration on MySAE during the cancellation period.


Dress for Emerging Leaders Academy is business casual. Plan to bring slacks, polo or button-down shirts, dress shoes and coordinating dress socks. NO JEANS.

You should also pack casual and lounge attire for when you are on your own as well as personal toiletries.


As an attendee of our Academy, you will be asked to agree to the following terms, which help designate us as true gentlemen and leaders: 

I do hereby agree to adhere to the following Code of Conduct while I am an attendee of the Emerging Leaders Academy. My conduct will at all times be a reflection of “The True Gentleman.” I will not violate the laws of the land, the regulations of my university/college or the Fraternity Laws and health-and-safety policies of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. 

If I fail in any way to follow this Code of Conduct, I fully understand that the Eminent Supreme Recorder or his designee has the right to remove me from the Academy immediately and send me home at my own expense, or with my chapter being billed by the Fraternity Service Center. I also understand that if this occurs, my membership in Sigma Alpha Epsilon may be terminated. 

As a gentleman, I understand that some t-shirt slogans or pictures can be vulgar or tasteless. I will refrain from wearing such a shirt while a part of the Emerging Leaders Academy. If I have a question as to my shirt’s acceptability, I will ask a staff or faculty member for guidance. I realize that this type of dress reflects on the image of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. 

I further agree that I shall continue to abide by the Scope of Association, which I signed upon claiming my account.

I understand that if my poor attendance at general sessions, seminars, or meetings or my conduct warrants my failing the Emerging Leaders Academy and not being awarded a diploma, I will be responsible for reimbursing the total tuition cost paid by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. I understand and acknowledge that attendance at the entire Academy — from start to finish — is required for successful graduation. Departing early from the Academy, for any reason, may result in my failure to graduate from the Academy. Additionally, I understand that if my actions cause injury to someone or something, I will indemnify and hold Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and Foundation harmless from any claims arising from my actions.


If you have additional questions, please contact Jennifer Byrd-Alvarado, Event Coordinator – Educational Programs, at


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Westin Michigan Avenue
909 North Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611 United States
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