Stories from the Road: LDC Julia

This post is courtesy of Arkansas Alpha Julia Hohn, Leadership Development Consultant.

Julia q&a

If you ask any of my friends, especially the other LDCs, they will be the first to tell you I am the girl who loves loud jam sessions in the car and can sit on Spotify for hours. They’ll also be the first to tell you that I am a self-proclaimed DJ and spend a lot — and probably too much — time making the perfect playlists for every mood, event, or just occasional joy rides on a Sunday afternoon. But what exactly does that have to do with being a LDC? Well, you’re about to find out.

As a Leadership Development Consultant, I’ve come to realize there are a few must-haves on the road. Whether it’s a piece or two of sturdy luggage or a good book to read in the airport, it’s important to have the right things with you on your journey from chapter to chapter. Although I am sure some people might disagree, I would be lying if I told you that anything other than the perfect playlist is the best must-have for any traveling consultant.

I am sure you are all probably thinking of your favorite songs or maybe even “what constitutes the perfect playlist?” right about now. Here’s mine at the moment:

Julia’s Top Playlist

  1. Wait On Me – Rixton
  2. Maps – Maroon 5
  3. Leave The Night On – Sam Hunt
  4. Mmm Yeah – Austin Mahone, Pitbull
  5. First Date – Blink-182
  6. Where It’s At – Dustin Lynch
  7. Never Let You Go – Third Eye Blind
  8. Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) – Aaron Carter
  9. My Own Worst Enemy – Lit
  10. Yeah – Joe Nichols

How I Make the Perfect Playlist

Tip One

At this point, you have probably realized that I listen to just about every genre – from 90s pop to country and everything in between. I think it is important to remain open to all genres of music so your playlist is sure to satisfy every mood!

Tip Two

View your playlist as one collective unit. Pay attention to the transitions. I like to arrange my playlist in such a way that each song complements the next. This ensures your playlist is cohesive, even if you do have a variety of genres!

Tip Three

Consider what your playlist is for, whether it’s an early morning drive, studying, or maybe even a dance party.

Tip Four

Have fun with your music, which is the cherry on top of making the perfect playlist!


Join a Mississippi Beta Alumna on an Antarctic Adventure!

This is a guest post by Mississippi Beta Alex Eilers.

CIMG0778Hello! I’m Mississippi Beta Alex Eilers, Manager of Education at the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and I’m inviting you to accompany me on the adventure of a lifetime. In November and December, I will be traveling with a team of researchers studying Weddell seals in the Ross Sea near McMurdo Station, Antarctica. As the project’s educator, my “job” is to provide the education and outreach component. And the best news is … I’ve planned a number of ways in which you can participate.

Here are a few ways you can join in the fun — all of which can be found at

 “Postcards from the Pole”
To participate, all you have to do is get a postcard, decorate it and send it (addressed and stamped) to me at the Pink Palace Museum by September 10. I’ll take the postcards to Antarctica and mail them back with an official Antarctica postmark. My goal is to send 10,000 postcards. This is your opportunity to have a postcard sent not only to you but to a friend, a neighbor, a teacher or loved one and give them you own “Seal” of approval!

Fly a Flag” over Antarctica
The challenge is simple. Purchase a flag at the Pink Palace Museum Store. If you don’t live in Memphis, you can arrange your purchase with me via email. Visit the website and select a topic you would like me to research. Draw or write the topic on the flag, decorate it and don’t forget to sign it. Send your decorated flags to me at the museum no later than September 10 and I will “Fly Your Flag” on the ice. Watch for your flag to appear in a photo in one of my expedition blog entries found on my website.

CIMG2147Get FitAntarctica
For this challenge, I am asking you to get your mind, body or both fit and travel virtually with me to Antarctica. I’ve calculated the distance between the Pink Palace Museum and the lab at McMurdo Station, and it’s a whopping 8,764 miles! Here’s the challenge: For every minute you “get fit” through physical exercise or studying science, you will travel one virtual mile with me. You can register, log and track your progress through the website. The challenge officially begins in mid-August and continues through May 2015, but you can register now.

But wait … there’s more! Not only do I have exciting and educational challenges for you to participate in, but you can also follow my journey by reading my blog online. I have already started to post pre-expedition blogs on a weekly basis and will post daily blogs while on expedition in the winter. Bookmark this link to read along. You will also have the opportunity to communicate with me and ask questions of the team by commenting on blog posts.

This expedition is for anyone, but a special note to goes out to all the Pi Phi educators out there. Sisters, feel free to contact me to set up a presentation with your students and/or staff either in person or through Skype, FaceTime, etc. I would be happy to talk to your students or coworkers about this unique experience.

CIMG1690You can contact Alex via email at or by phone at (901) 636–2387.

The museum address is:

Pink Palace Museum
c/o Alex Eilers
3050 Central Ave.
Memphis, TN 38111

Remember: Antarctica, Weddell seals and polar science is just a click away!


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