JULY 14-16, 2022

Start time: Thursday at 7 p.m.

End time: Saturday at 9 p.m.

The APO Leader’s Summit is a BRAND-NEW event that will challenge, ignite and inform our leaders to help us prepare for what’s to come in our next 100 years. With expertise shared by an expert futurist and using your valuable knowledge and ingenuity, we will examine possible scenarios facing APO and strategize how we can add to and enhance the Fraternity together.


At this three-day event, you will gain:

  • A better understanding of the current and anticipated future of higher education and student organizations
  • The skills to effectively lead and curate leadership today and tomorrow
  • The impact on APO and its current model
  • A vision for the organization
  • A renewed energy for your membership
  • A renewed energy for your role
  • An understanding of where you fit and your impact


You can help lay the groundwork to ensure Alpha Phi Omega continues to develop leaders through service who positively impact their communities for years to come. This event is open to everyone interested in developing the Fraternity and moving us forward as a brotherhood.


Registration IS OPEN! Watch Fraternity emails and social media for continuing updates and the release of a full schedule!


Again… THIS EVENT IS FOR EVERYONE! APO leaders aren’t just those in elected and appointed roles. Every brother of Alpha Phi Omega is a leader (it’s sort of our thing, ya know?!?), and the outcomes of this event are dependent upon diverse experiences, ideas and skills!


Register today to confirm your spot and be sure to gather your APO network to ensure their attendance as well. Share this page with your chapter, alumni association, local volunteer network and beyond!


This event is for everyone! Registration is only $100 for three days of heavy learning, engagement and strategy. As a bonus, National Student Advisory Committee members will receive a discounted registration rate of $35.


This low registration cost includes a dessert reception, two breakfasts, two lunches and a dinner. The value of these meals is an estimated $350.


To help offset our member’s costs associated with attending this event, the APO Endowment has generously donated funds to the Fraternity for an APO Leaders’ Summit Travel Grant! Grants will be awarded in increments of $250 dollars, and are open to everyone, although you must first be registered to attend before being eligible. Once registered, complete the Travel Grant Application in order to be considered for a grant.


The deadline to apply for a grant is June 3, 2022.


The JW Marriot Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is excited to finally welcome the brothers of Alpha Phi Omega to their beautiful property this coming July!


Set on 316 spectacular acres in the Sonoran Desert in North Scottsdale and adorned with five sparkling swimming pools, two championship golf courses and one spectacular spa; JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa brings all the elements together for an amazing escape.


APO Leader’s Summit attendees are offered an amazing $169 room rate for this event – a nightly value of almost $400!


Connect with your brothers, build a foundation for the nation’s future leaders and take in everything the JW Marriot Desert Ridge Resort & Spa property has to offer!


Book your hotel stay!

Passkey Link: https://book.passkey.com/go/AlphaPhiOmega22
Reservations Center: 1-888-236-2427
Last Date to Book: 06/16/22


Thursday, July 14

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Base Camp and Brotherhood Dessert Reception)
Leaders will come together to reunite and launch the journey ahead at the 2022 APO Leader’s Summit, all while taking in the exceptional sunset offered by the Phoenix skies. This gathering will be the base camp of the weekend’s summit experience, beginning our journey together by examining where we are now as an organization and what work we have to take on together as leaders.

Friday, July 15

7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (Board of Directors Meeting)
This is a scheduled meeting of the APO Board of Directors.
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Endowment Meeting (pending confirmation))
This meeting is pending confirmation the Endowment. This session will be updated if/when the meeting is confirmed.
9:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Operations Council Meeting & Work Session)
This is a scheduled meeting of the APO Operations Council.
9:15 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. (Sectional Chair Meeting & Work Session)
Elected and future sectional chairs will join together to discuss current issues faced by chapters and by their elected roles, as well as explore solutions to benefit the existing and future chapters of Alpha Phi Omega. The meeting will be facilitated by a former sectional chair, to be announced at a later date.
9:15 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. (General Work Session – Deploying Best Practices)
Advisors, officers, chapter members and local volunteers will gather to explore best practices and create an implementation strategy that will elevate operations and support healthy chapters. This session will be a mixture of facilitated, peer-led and experiential learning.
Noon – 2:30 p.m. (APO Vision & Mission Collaboration and Lunch)
Attendees will enjoy lunch and participate in a facilitated discussion and collaborative work session by the Fraternity’s Board of Directors regarding the work being done on the vision and mission of APO.
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. (Brotherhood Break)
Take time to (re)connect with other attendees, conduct Fraternity business and/or rest your brain after a busy morning.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. (Futurist Board Work Session)
This session is a closed work session for the members of the Board of Directors.
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. (Open)
The JW Marriot Dessert Ridge Resort & Spa, as well as the Phoenix community has so much to offer visitors. Take this time to explore the property and enjoy the area before returning for the Peak of the weekend – Futurist Bryan Alexander.
6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Dinner/The Future of Higher Education Presentation)
Bryan Alexander (renowned futurist, educator, speaker and writer) will share plausible futures in higher education that will impact student organizations like APO. Bryan will help attendees look ahead to the future in an era of rapid and challenging transformation.

Saturday, July 16

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. (Breakfast)
Start your day with breakfast amongst your APO brothers!
8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (Plausible Futures Idea Mapping)
Attendees will join together to recap and explore the plausible futures that will impact Higher Education and Alpha Phi Omega, as well as begin mapping possible changes the Fraternity could explore to prepare for the future of higher education.
Noon – 1:00 p.m. (Lunch)
Take a break and enjoy lunch with your APO brothers.
1:15 – 3:15 p.m. (Think Tank: Examining the Future of APO)
Attendees will divide into groups based on their organizational roll to and examine what the future could hold and where to seek change/evolution based on the work done in the morning.
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. (Group Presentations)
Each group will share their findings from earlier group work with attendees.
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Open)
The JW Marriot Dessert Ridge Resort & Spa, as well as the Phoenix community has so much to offer visitors. Take this time to explore the property and enjoy the area before returning for our closing dinner.
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Dinner and a Blueprint)
We’ve reached the summit and explored what may be on the horizon that impacts the Alpha Phi Omega we know! Join us for dinner as we celebrate the hard work conducted this weekend, as well as hear from the Fraternity’s leadership regarding where we are headed as we set our sights on the next 100 years.


Keynote Speaker: Bryan Alexander, Futurist, Researcher, Writer, Speaker, Consultant, and Teacher

Friday, July 15 at 6:15 p.m.

Bryan Alexander is an awardwinning, internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of higher education’s future.


He completed his English language and literature PhD at the University of Michigan in 1997, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry.


Then Bryan taught literature, writing, multimedia, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana. There he also pioneered multi-campus interdisciplinary classes, while organizing an information literacy initiative.


From 2002 to 2014 Bryan worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit working to help small colleges and universities best integrate digital technologies.  With NITLE he held several roles, including co-director of a regional education and technology center, director of emerging technologies, and senior fellow.


Over those years Bryan helped develop and support the nonprofit, grew peer networks, consulted, and conducted a sustained research agenda.  In 2013 Bryan launched a business, Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC.  Through BAC he consults throughout higher education in the United States and abroad.


Bryan speaks widely and publishes frequently, with articles appearing in venues including The Atlantic Monthly, Inside Higher Ed.  He has been interviewed by and featured in the Washington PostMSNBCThe Wall Street JournalUS News and World ReportNational Public Radio (20172020202020202020), the Chronicle of Higher Education (20162020), the Atlantic MonthlyReutersTimes Higher Educationthe National Association of College and University Business OfficersPew ResearchCampus TechnologyThe HustleMinnesota Public RadioUSA Today, and the Connected Learning Alliance.


He recently published Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education for Johns Hopkins University Press (January 2020), which won an Association of Professional Futurists award.  He next book, Universities on Fire: Higher Education in the Age of Climate Crisis, is forthcoming from Johns Hopkins.  His two other recent books are Gearing Up For Learning Beyond K-12 and The New Digital Storytelling (second edition).


Bryan is currently a senior scholar at Georgetown University and teaches graduate seminars in their Learning, Design, and Technology program.


The Fraternity will continue to watch the ebb and flow of the pandemic. This event will not be canceled or rescheduled. As we get closer to the event, we will post information on mitigating practices that will be in place for the conference. We will recommend that attendees wear masks while inside buildings and not eating.


We also recommend that all members who can, get vaccinated. If the pandemic case load in the Phoenix area increases significantly this summer, then masks could be mandated. As leaders of the Fraternity, we need to lead by example, and each do what we can to not spread COVID-19 or any other communicable diseases.