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Alpha Psi Chapter | University of Mississippi | PO Box 1300 Oxford, MS 38655

#IAmASororityWoman

bella Gonzalez

Los Angeles, California from the Mississippi Gulf Coast 

Founder and President of Lala Letter,

freelance graphic designer for clients across the country 

How did being a member of a Panhellenic organization give you a chance

to enhance your leadership skills? Do you have an example? 

While an active member in Delta Gamma I had so many opportunities to lead. As a sophomore I was the director of signs and banners and while art is my passion, I had very little experience managing people. I learned so much about how to lead by example and how helpful good organization and planning is. In my last year, I served as vp communications which taught me a lot about how to manage people and organize on a large scale. Being in charge of attendance for 400+ members was a trail in itself. It wasn’t always fun, but I gained so many helpful leadership tools that I have carried over into my entrepreneurship endeavors. 

 

How did being a member of a Panhellenic organization help you get to where you are today? 

Being in a sorority has truly changed my life and catapulted my business. I own a planner and stationery company focused on catering to the needs of college girls, specifically sorority members. I am thrilled that even after graduating, sororities all across the nation are embracing my brand and products in large part because I was such an involved member in the sorority during and now after college. 

 

Can you think of a time, either in college or after, when your DG sisters were there for you,

to lift you up in a time of need or to celebrate with you in a time of joy? 

In college, the love and support from sisters never ceased, but I am so happy to say the same is true post grad as well. My member class has continued to support me in my business endeavors, whether it’s buying my products, promoting them to friends or even helping me in person set up for pop up shops, they are my biggest fans and best friends. 

 

What advice would you give to collegiate women

who aspire to enter the professional world and do good? 

Never ever ever lose touch with your sisters and special friends you made in college, not only will they remain wonderful friends, they could also become business companions, connections, mentors, or even partners. 

 

What is your favorite DG memory? 

The day and night before graduation. My closest friends in DG all took our senior photos together, it was raining all day, but the rain stopped in just enough time to let us take beautiful photos of our friendship full of confetti and smiles. That night we had a restaurant rented for our families to celebrate together. After being so close to these girls for 4 years, our families had become close as well. It was truly a ball, we stayed out way to late and cried a few too many times, but it was a night I will never forget with my sweet best friends. That was two years ago, but we still talk to each other every day and meet up together once a year!