Summer Leadership Series Explained

Alpha Epsilon Pi’s Summer Leadership Series – also referred to as pre-convention conferences or “pre-cons” – was created for those seeking more than the standard International Convention experience. Preceding convention from August 4 to August 6, the series offers three unique experiences. Each track is focused on enhancing Brothers’ leadership ability through hands on, one-on-one training with highly experienced alumni and educators.

This summer offers access to the Michael A. Leven Advanced Leadership Institute as well as the Hineni Jewish Identity Jewish Enrichment Conference (Hineni for short). Hineni contains two separate tracks: Jewish Identity and Tikkun Olam.

It can be a bit confusing at first. Which one should you apply to? Let’s break it down:

The Michael A. Leven Advanced Leadership Institute

This institute is named after Brother Michael A. Leven (Tufts, 1959). Brother Leven is currently the CEO at Georgia Aquarium, the largest in the world. He also served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., which operates some of the most prestigious hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Needless to say, Brother Leven knows a thing or two about leadership.

Over three days of interactive programming, Brothers will learn essential tools to become a successful leader and manager. The conference also bolsters business leadership skills to prepare attendees for their future career. This conference is geared toward undergraduate brothers who currently or previously have held a position within the chapter, with particular emphasis on rising Juniors and Seniors.

Hineni Jewish Identity Enrichment Conference

The hebrew expression “Hineni” translates to “Here I Am”. During this often introspective, contemplative conference, you will find yourself having deep conversations with Brothers and educators on what it means to be a Jewish leader. There are two separate tracks: Jewish Identity and Tikkun Olam. The Jewish Identity track allows Brothers to reflect on their Jewish identity and discover ways to strengthen the Jewish Identity of their chapters. The Tikkun Olam track empowers brothers to take the values of AEPi and the Jewish people into their community to help the less fortunate and make their community a better place.

Each conference – if you are selected – is free to attend and includes a $100 reimbursement for your convention registration fee, as convention attendance is required. But don’t wait, apply today. Availability is limited and while we wish we could accept everyone, we can’t.

Brothers may apply for any of the conferences via the single application on, but may only attend one.