Mason Panhellenic
Leigh Burte

Leigh Burte

Leigh Burte

Class of 2020. Former Panhellenic President.

“My Panhellenic experience shaped me into the professional I am today. In undergrad, I found internships, positions, and jobs through Panhellenic networking. I was encouraged, challenged, and rewarded to succeed academically and found that I received my best grades when I used Greek Life as a support system. As Panhellenic President, I was constantly surrounded by strong, diverse women. I grew as a leader from the minute I signed up for recruitment to my last day as a collegiate. After graduating with honors, I was hired in my field during a very difficult job market.

Burte (right) seeing her big for the first time on reveal day.

My current jobs still reflect my time in Mason FSL. As a consultant to an event venue, Point of View, I am constantly using communication and technology skills I learned in undergrad. For my full-time job, I work as a Program Coordinator to plan and execute events for Operation Homefront, a national non-profit that supports military families. My love for philanthropy translated perfectly into my career. My job is planning events for people to thrive in the communities they worked so hard to protect. I handle baby showers, holiday meals and toys, back-to-school items, and resources for families across Maryland, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia. As a member of Gamma Phi Beta, I was constantly working with empowering young girls through Girls on the Run and I still use contacts from my undergraduate years to help military families with young daughters. My love of helping others has never changed and I am forever proud to support local communities, just as I did as a sorority woman.

Socially, I truly became myself through my sorority. Coming from out-of-state I did not know anyone and I was welcomed with open arms to not only my sorority but all eight. I consider all of Panhellenic at Mason my family and that has not changed. Today, I live in Arlington with my Panhellenic sister, a Kappa Delta, and I am currently looking to move in with a Gamma Phi and an Alpha Omicron Pi this summer. My little is 20 minutes away and I am lucky enough to be able to see her whenever I need a friend. While seeing other people is limited right now, sorority zoom nights and FaceTimes with my Big are consistent and have been a blessing. My experiences made me who I am and the women I surrounded myself with became my favorite people in the world. I went Greek to succeed academically, professionally, and socially and I have walked away with a support system that has changed my life for the better.”

Want to be featured next? Fill out our Panhellenic Profiles submission form here!