The Notorious 9 – Fall 2K16

In the fall of 2016, nine men were able to join the New York Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.  Out of the many that were interested, they were chosen not only for their strengths and how well they work together, but for the future for the chapter. Each member possessed unique qualities that the Polemarch, Vice Polemarch, and other chapter leaders saw in them.  They all displayed great leadership skills which helped them accomplish tasks for the good of the chapter in an impressive fashion. One thing that is very powerful about this new intake of membership is their youth.  A group of 9 young men means that the chapter can take a turn in a different, yet still progressive, direction.  It gives the ability to not only partner with other chapters with youthful members, but bring an expanded connection with the community. When it comes to KappaLand, each brother is focused on doing work to better the community and others. For example, Brother Simms is a perfect fit to be a part of the fundraising committee as he runs his own promotional brand with a team of hard workers. He is a great asset for the chapter to grow revenue for events and other services. Brother Rossi deals with real estate and has great knowledge to handle house affairs. He can be the future house chair and caretaker for the historic Kappa Kastle. Brother Kelly is a part of several organizations and also works for one that helps mentor kids. This past thanksgiving, he was driving around giving out turkeys for people that could not...

Define Your Career

It seems to be an interesting paradox that according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary – the term career could either mean “an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life” or “to move swiftly and in an uncontrolled way in a specific direction.” In many of the career conversations our team engages in, we are finding that more and more individuals who fit the generation y mold begin their career aspirations thinking in a very linear sequential way. It typically starts with picking major “x” in college thinking that will get them a job doing “x equivalent” once they graduate and then go on to live happily ever after flourishing at “x career.” In this extremely competitive and global marketplace – what may have worked for the generation before (affectionately known as generation x) is increasingly becoming as outdated as the butterfly collared shirts they wore on their interviews. You see, many born in generation y would subscribe to the latter [uncontrolled] definition of the term career as an accurate depiction of where they are in their career journey. To be clear, we are not suggesting you curtail your plans to enter into college. We actually condone and support you following your passion and subsequently picking a major that edifies and promotes your passion. We simply would like for you to move forward with a slightly different perspective. Entrepreneur What just came to mind after seeing the affable “e-word” derived from the French word entreprendre (meaning to undertake)? Let me guess, someone who doesn’t work for someone else? Someone who quits jobs and takes risks and makes their...

Fashion Industry Insight

The fashion industry, like many other avenues now a days are being controlled by its main consumer; the millennial. More and more members of the millennial generation are finding astonishing ways to break into the fashion industry both as the buyers and sellers. It is safe to say that millennials have definitely reshaped how we see the fashion industry from the styles they are able to conceive all the way to the creative ways they are breaking into the fashion industry in general. As a millennial and owner of my own brand, I love learning but also pioneering my way through he industry and a millennial entrepreneur. Social media has provided a platform for millennial led brands to showcase their talent and spread the word rather quickly about what they are doing. Because of the internet, social media, and our constant need for interaction, fashion influencers can be seen all over with just one click and swipe on your phone. By leveraging their follower counts, more and more millennials are able to make profitable businesses by posting pictures of well curated outfits consistently overtime. As they generate more and more likes as well as followers, these brand influencers become targets of brands with millennial lead sales. With the convenience and effectiveness of marketing with social media, many up and coming designers see no urgency in opening a location and creating so much overhead. With my own line and brand, Garçon Couture, we have been able to use the internet to not only spread the message about our business but also the ideals of what we stand for; fashion and...