When I first got the phone call from Lambda Pi Chi Sorority that they were looking for a photographer for their 2011 National Convention in Boston, I was a little skeptical. A sorority? Not exactly what I have in mind when I talk about my passion for photographing non-profits. I mean, let’s be honest. What do YOU think of when you hear the word “sorority?” Do you think “mission-driven organization committed to social change” or do you think Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde? Be honest…
Well, lucky for me, Lambda Pi Chi is anything but the Legally Blonde version of a sorority. Lambda Pi Chi’s mission is to empower women by providing a supportive network dedicated to their personal and professional advancement. Founded by and for Latino women, the sorority is dedicated to and promotes public service and cultural awareness, with an emphasis on Latino history, contributions, and experiences. Still thinking Legally Blonde? I don’t think so.
I feel so fortunate to have spent the weekend photographing these inspiring women, learning about their organization and feeling embraced by their community. At their Awards Dinner on Saturday night, they presented me with a thank-you gift and I almost cried I felt so grateful! It is not everyday that I have the pleasure of discovering and feeling welcomed into a network of strong, smart and passionate women. So I hereby revise my impression of sororities and give a resounding “hooray!” for Lambda Pi Chi and all that they are accomplishing across the country.
Oh, and of course, I did get some great pictures of the event. Here are a few faves.