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DELTA SPRING 2015 N E W S L E T T E R Leadership DELTA STILL Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders...TODAY The 2014-15 Leadership DELTA Cohort at the 2014 Leadership Conference with Soror Elsie Cooke-Holmes, Leadership Academy and Leadership DELTA co-chair (CENTER). In 2002, what started as a vision by the 22nd Na-tional President, Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, became a reality when Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incor-porated and GE welcomed Leadership DELTA’s inaugural class. Leadership DELTA is a program sponsored by GE and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. focused on “Defining Emerging Leaders Through Advoca-cy.” It provides leadership development and mentoring for collegiate women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and business related majors. The program serves as a talent pipeline for GE Leadership Programs and supports the growth of future leaders for the Sorority. “At the time, I recognized a need for women of color in STEM. I was able to partner with Deborah Elam to create an opportunity for developing collegiate sorors and equipping them with the necessary skills to successfully transition into leadership positions in both the Sorority and careers in STEM,” said Boyd. Soror Deborah Elam, GE Foundation president and chief diversity officer, was an essential advocate in forming the partnership between Delta Sigma Theta and GE. “There was a need in the company for women of color in STEM. GE has had a strong commitment to lead-ership development through our affinity networks. Delta’s legacy of quality leaders in GE has provided a runway for Leadership DELTA to thrive,” said Elam. Leadership DELTA is planned and implemented by a committee of Deltas from the Sorority’s National Lead-ership Academy partnered with Deltas from GE. Sorors Addie Perkins-Williamson and Deborah Stapleton, who served during the administration of Dr. Boyd, were the first Leadership Academy co-chairs to organize Leader-


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