New leader for the AKAs

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The guidance of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA), over the next four years is now in the hands of Milwaukee, Wis. businesses executive Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson.

    Wilson is the international service organization’s 2014-18 international president. She was sworn in during a ceremony culminating the sorority’s weeklong international convention held in Charlotte from July 12 – July 18. The installation took place at the Charlotte Convention.

    In ascending to the sorority’s chief leadership position, Wilson makes history as the only member to serve four consecutive terms on its international board of directors.

    “I am humbled and excited by the opportunity to lead Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,” said Wilson. “Its membership includes distinguished women who boast excellent academic records, proven leadership skills, and involvement in their local communities through advocacy and service. Over the next four years, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will deliver an unprecedented amount of high impact, hands-on service programs in our local communities.”

    As the 29th woman to lead the 106-year-old organization, Wilson will guide policy, develop programs and set the leadership tone for AKA members and chapters worldwide.

    Professionally, Wilson is a senior vice president at Goodwill Industries, where she is responsible for a $25 million dollar enterprise in southeastern Wisconsin and metropolitan Chicago. With more than 60,000 people served and 400 employees, she is one of the most senior officials at the largest Goodwill affiliate in the world.

    A corporate leader for more than three decades, Wilson’s career includes stints with companies such as the Xerox Corporation and S. C. Johnson Wax, where she was a marketing executive and the first African-American and one of youngest women promoted to brand manager.

    Wilson’s service in AKA began when she was initiated in 1978 at Benedict College, a historically black college and university in Columbia, S.C. She rose along the ranks from chapter president to central regional director, international secretary, international first vice president and now international president. She has also served as secretary and first fice president of the Housing Foundation and the Educational Advancement Foundation, which awards more than $100,000 in scholarships and grants annually.

    An AKA Life Member, Wilson was the chartering president of Upsilon Mu Omega Chapter in Milwaukee and later organized the chapter’s nonprofit Diamond Jubilee Pearls Foundation.

    In addition to her years of service to the sorority, Wilson is a member of The Links, Inc., the National Council of Negro Women and the Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc.

    Wilson holds an MBA from Clark Atlanta University and graduated with honors from Benedict College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics. She has two children: daughter Courtney Renee, a 2014 Spelman College graduate and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, and son Quinton Charles, a Hampton University senior.

    AKA Sorority, Inc. is comprised of more than 265,000 members in approximately 986 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, South Korea and Africa.

    (For more information on Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and its programs, log onto http://www.aka1908.com.)

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