Interview with Leadership Consultant Christopher Brenton (North Carolina State)
Why did you want to join the staff team?
Going through a colonization as a freshman, I had the opportunity to interact with a number of General Fraternity staff early in my Sigma Nu experience. Throughout my time as an undergraduate I was blown away by the passion and dedication displayed by the staff members, many of whom went on to become close mentors. As I approached graduation, I was drawn once again to the idea of “Become Something More” and wanted my first job out of college to be one of meaning and purpose. I figured the opportunity to serve the Fraternity as a Leadership Consultant would be a great way to develop personal and professional skills as I transitioned between my college education and a long term career.
What is it like working for Sigma Nu?
The Leadership Consultant team has often joked about how much joining the General Fraternity staff has felt similar to joining another chapter of Sigma Nu. The sense of brotherhood and camaraderie among the staff members is definitely a source of personal motivation for me in the work that I do. Working alongside my fraternity brothers, I feel it provides an extra spark that compels me to work harder knowing that my co-workers, now close friends, are just as passionate about the Fraternity as I am.
How has working for Sigma Nu contributed to your professional development?
One of the most compelling reasons for why I decided to jump at the opportunity to work for Sigma Nu was for the chance to work under the leadership of men who I knew would push me to better myself each day. I wanted to work in an environment where even the most executive staff members were passionately interested in providing mentorship and guidance in helping me develop professionally.
What about personal development? What have you learned about yourself?
Ask any Leadership Consultant and one thing that you will never hear is that the work is easy…but that is a good thing. Traveling as a consultant I have learned that the hours can be exhausting and traveling to unfamiliar places can be stressful. However, there has never been a day that I haven’t loved what I do. Being a Leadership Consultant is like Insanity or P90X for the soul. It’s going to kick your butt for a while, but you are going to love who you become.
What have been some of your favorite moments as a member of the staff team?
It sounds crazy, but just thinking back, it’s hilarious to think of some of the experiences I have survived while on staff. Dodging falling trees knocked down by the “derecho” that swept across the mid-Atlantic, being trapped in my hotel room for two days as Hurricane Sandy made land-fall, being trapped in my hotel room again as Winter Storm Iago covered southern Virginia with snow, and feeling my first earthquake near coastal New England, have all been some of the memorable moments I experienced during my first year on staff with the Fraternity. They may not sound fun to you, but between the staff team, sharing stories like these and laughing with one another is just one of the many reasons I have come to love working alongside the men I call my Brothers.
What have been your favorite places to visit through working for Sigma Nu?
One of the biggest perks to being a Leadership Consultant is the opportunity to be paid to travel to and live in some of the most incredible cities in the world. During my travels in the Northeast I have been able to see places like Washington, D.C., Pittsburg, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and Toronto. One of my most favorite experiences was having the opportunity to spend my birthday with family in Ontario, Canada, when my travels took me close to the northern border. I am not sure if there is another job out there that I could have landed straight out of college that would have given me that same opportunity.
Interested in applying to join the staff team in Lexington? Visit the Employment page for more info.