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Angeli Agrawal

Demonstrates Greek Leadership Skills

By Cristy Lytal

Angeli AgrawalPhoto by Jaclyn BorowskiAngeli Agrawal

For Angeli Agrawal, serving as 2012 vice president of membership for the USC Panhellenic Council was a way to develop not only personal friendships, but also professional skills. In this role, she recruited, selected, and trained approximately 40 recruitment counselors (RCs), who guided more than 1,000 women through the formal recruitment process.

“I learned to perform under pressure really well, and I also learned management skills,” she said.

For 2012 recruitment, she developed an 80-page booklet that was used during the weeklong RC training workshop. Her efforts proved effective as Agrawal and her team increased pledge retention rates by seven percent over the previous year.

Beth Saul, assistant dean of Student Affairs and director for Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development and Parent Programs, praised Agrawal’s professional approach.

“Angeli added many important educational sessions to the recruitment counselor training,” she said. “This included four hours of diversity training and a lot more role playing so that the RCs could be prepared for a broad range of scenarios. With more than 1,000 potential members registered, it was very important to equip each potential member with both information and Panhellenic spirit.”

Agrawal, a business administration (international relations) major from Saratoga, Calif., joined Alpha Delta Pi her freshman year. The greek system, she explained, “really helped me stay true to my values by being in a smaller community within the larger university.”

She served as 2010 recording secretary and 2011 membership education vice president, developing chapter programming.

“We did our first-ever career networking night,” she said. “I brought in 10 alumni from different sectors to talk about their careers and also do breakout workshops on different areas — résumé building, cover letter building, personal finances, finding an internship, proper networking practices and a variety of different things. So that was one of the highlights of my term.”

During her sophomore year, Agrawal broadened her campus involvement, devoting time to the Undergraduate Student Government philanthropy fund, Troy Camp, Society 53 and the Teaching International Relations Program (TIRP).

During her time at USC, she worked as a campus campaign coordinator for Teach for America, a research assistant for USC Marshall School of Business Professor Sandy Green and a student worker for USC Athletics. In spring 2012, she served as a business development client management intern with Participant Media.

To further her professional development, Agrawal participates in USC Marshall’s Society and Business Lab, which connected her with mentor Rene Jones, founding director of the United Talent Agency Foundation.

As Agrawal looks ahead to graduation and launching her career, her formal term as vice president of membership for USC Panhellenic Council has drawn to a close. Still, her informal recruitment efforts continue.

“I have a younger sister, Ashima Agrawal, who’s a spring admit, a freshman,” she said. “So I’m really excited that she’s joined the Trojan Family, and I’m looking forward to her joining the greek system next fall. I have high hopes. We’ll see if she decides if that’s for her. Either way, she’s definitely going to flourish here.”