“Stay humble, hustle hard”
Heather Lockwood grew up in Hershey, Pennsylvania, eventually moving to Virginia where she started her undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech. While there, Lockwood served as an Orientation Leader, Campus Tour Guide, and was a tutor for the writing center and student-athletes. She began her professional career as a business analyst and technical writer for a software company in the federal sector, spending several years in the field. It was during this time that she realized she missed interacting and working with college students. During her time as a business analyst, she developed an intern program for her company, reconnecting her with college students.
Lockwood eventually earned her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the College of William and Mary, where she also worked in the campus recreation department. She moved to Denver, Colorado in 2014 and served as the Director of Sorority Growth for Gamma Phi Beta. She joined the Delta Chi International Headquarters (IHQ) staff in 2017 as the Director of Fraternity Growth, earning a promotion to Senior Director of Field Operations in July 2019.
“Spending five years as a Director of Growth (for Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and Delta Chi Fraternity) has allowed me to truly understand holistic growth on college campuses, the member experience, and how Delta Chi can strategically elevate our internal processes to advance the fraternity while staying true its values,” Lockwood said. “Within my work in growth at Delta Chi, I increased the national presence of the Fraternity with a 90% presentation to expansion invitation success rate and 12 new expansion projects on campuses across the country.”
“I oversaw the organization’s growth programs and expansion management initiatives, which included developing new training programs, University and alumni relationship development, and implementing strategies for promoting Delta Chi’s vision and establishing new chapters at target institutions.”
What do you like about working at Delta Chi?
I love working at Delta Chi because it’s an organization that practices what it preaches. I believe in what this organization has done and continues to do help men develop into the best version of themselves. Delta Chi allows me to thrive and be exactly who am while supporting and moving the Fraternity forward. Delta Chi is a reason to celebrate Fraternity because this is Fraternity done right.
What are the values that drive you?
I’m driven by integrity, strategy, loyalty, compassion, and hustle. I believe in ‘owning it’ – your triumphs, your failures, and your mistakes. I believe that integrity is the very thing that can make or break a person and it’s important to always lean into your experiences because it makes you a stronger person. I value strategy as I think strategy allows you to find the best possible outcome while being considerate and thoughtful of all the pieces that will be affected by it. I believe in loyalty and compassion. I believe in caring about people and helping them succeed in any way I can. I am fiercely loyal and will go to bat for my team and more importantly, the people that I support (Delta Chi members and alumni). I believe in putting the Fraternity first and making sure that I do the best possible job to enhance the Delta Chi experience. I believe in hustle. The hustle is what keeps me moving. Hustle is stepping up and stepping in when its needed most. Hustle is what can keep you from complacency. Hustle is what allows you to achieve your goals and set new ones.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
When I’m not working, I love to spend time in the gym. I used to teach fitness classes (spin, TRX, boot camp and cardio kick boxing), so I try to stay as active as possible. I volunteer as a chapter advisor for the Kappa Delta chapter at Colorado State University. I also love to sing and I’m in a professional acapella group in Denver, Colorado. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, making playlists, creating music, getting fancy in the kitchen, and living life to the fullest.