Michelle Guobadia asks the question: How can we tame the anxiety of our creative lives?

On Friday, January 5 at The Fillmore Charlotte, more than 400 of our fellow creative Charlotteans gathered to hear UNCC Associate Dean of Students and Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Michelle Guobadia, dive into our global theme of “Anxiety.” With a blend of transparency, humor and challenge, she shared both what makes her anxious and how she remains the boss of anxiety. At a time when our society is perhaps more anxious than ever, Michelle’s message was exactly what we needed to kick off our new year (and third season!). So worry not, folks…and enjoy!

About the speaker

Michelle Guobadia has been an outspoken advocate for Greek Life ever since graduating from the University of Delaware. She pursued her Masters in Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University and continues to be incredibly involved in Fraternity and Sorority Life nationally. A Fall 2000 initiate of the Chi Theta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc, and an active and financial member of the Delta Zeta Graduate Chapter, Michelle challenges everyone around her to TRY HARDER and DO BETTER.

Michelle is a member of the AFA Executive Board and in her day job, she is the Director for Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she overseas over 43 fraternities and sororities.

When Michelle is not traveling to speak she enjoys staying active in the gym, spending time with her Westiepoo (West Highland white terrier and poodle hybrid)- Pascal, and crossing continents off of her list to visit (just 2 more to go!).

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But, the fact that I walk the Earth with anxiety of what people think of me, and what they interpret of me, because of how my skin looks and how my hair is done... that anxiety is, almost, retarding. It keeps me in one place. — Michelle Guobadia

I also know that if I don't push past that anxiety, that person and me may never learn. That we may never have new conversations, I we don't push past the exterior, and have some real hard and honest conversations about stuff that matters. — Michelle Guobadia

Anxiety is what keeps us segregated in 2018, in Charlotte. Anxiety is when people are like "I didn't even know that when on over here, or there, or that was even a thing". It prevents us from knowing each other. — Michelle Guobadia

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