The two-hour extensive workshops will take place this month on Sunday afternoons at Kudzu Embroidery & Gifts at 1311 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 214 in Merchants Walk shopping center in east Cobb. K.A. Brewer, owner, has merchandise for sororities that can also be personalized.
“Preparation equates with confidence, and it is our goal to empower these young women to be their authentic selves,” she said. The workshops are an extensive prep course for going Greek. “We wanted to remove the nervousness of the process of Rush for both the girls and their mothers and with our personal and professional experience. We knew we had valuable information to share that would be of benefit. We plan on making this an annual event,” Rowe said.
Both Ficken and Rowe have hands-on experience with the rush process. Their daughters — Alexandria Ficken and Zara Gray Rowe — are members of sororities at the University of Alabama and Georgia College and State University, respectively.
“What we teach in the workshop will be excellent for Rush, but even more importantly, it will also be etiquette protocol these girls can refer to and access forever more,” Ficken said.
Rowe said, “We want to polish and refine the best in every girl so that they will be proud to be themselves and never even consider pretending to be someone they are not.”
The workshops will cover such topics as seeking recommendations, how to ask questions and demonstrate gratitude properly, resumes, what to wear the week of Rush, portraits and headshots, grooming (hair, makeup, nails and tanning), what to expect from beginning to end, troubleshooting, what to say, what not to say, social media and how to sit, stand and walk.
No preference will be given to one sorority over another, but the workshops will provide a comprehensive overview of the Panhellenic society and things that sisterhood has to offer.
“We are pleased that the girls will leave our workshop with all the tools necessary to confidently embrace Rush. We are even more proud that the skills they will acquire will enable them for years to come as they navigate through job interviews and many other social avenues of their lives,” Ficken said.
The cost is $195. The first workshop is Sunday, followed by June 17 and 24, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Participants will receive gift bags. Private sessions are also available.
Download the registration form at www.scribd.com or call (678) 760-1145 for more information.