Student Services Staff at the Golden Key International Summit in Boston
Ms Sheri Seetal, the Primary Advisor for the Westville campus Golden Key Chapter, attended the Golden Key International Summit in Boston in the United States from 28 July to 3 August 2014.
With 531 delegates from the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Malaysia and Australia, South Africa was well represented and had the highest number of delegates registered – 98 in total.
The keynote speakers included Ethan Zohn, the 2002 winner of “Survivor” who is also a cancer survivor, and Jerry Greenfield from Ben and Jerry Homemade Inc., the co-founder of one of the biggest ice-cream franchises in the United States. Both speakers were inspiring and shared entrepreneurial hints and tips in their presentations. Life skills learnt from their experiences and challenges faced in terms of their successes were well received by the delegates.
Both Advisors and students benefitted immensely from the presentations, workshops, poster presentations, community projects, careers fair and the pre-summit tours. The pre-summit programmes allowed for interpersonal interactions, meetings and greetings. There were numerous opportunities for networking and collaborations.
The highlight of Ms Seetal’s expedition was the visit to Harvard University. ‘Although it was an experience to be on the campus it was disappointing that the University was closed and there was no opportunity to meet the staff and visit the various departments,’ said Seetal.
Seetal chaired a session titled “Billhighway Best Practices: Hints and Tips”. The presentation was on Billhighway’s system and highlighted the different aspects of the system and how Chapter Officers and Advisors could use it to control and manage chapter funds. It is software specially designed for the financial management of Golden Funds.
UKZN, UCT and Stellenbosch delegates received awards for the number of projects completed – which was a pleasant surprise and well received.
- UKZNdaba Online