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ship DELTA. The program is currently led by Leadership Academy Co-chairs Elsie Cooke-Holmes and Ann Davis Jones along with GE Co-chairs Vonetta Mickens, Joanitika Nixon and Tanya Spencer. Leadership DELTA is one of very few programs that provides an opportunity for collegiate African-American women to gain access to and receive mentoring from lead-ers in highly regarded positions—who look like them—in a supportive environment. Annually, a cohort of collegiate women, along with the Sorority’s National Executive Board members and GE Deltas gather for a week of engagement. Throughout the week, Leadership DELTA participants attend various de-velopmental workshops, complete a public service project, and hear tailored keynotes speeches delivered by Sorority and GE leaders. “As National President, I am committed to the future of Leadership DELTA. This initiative is vital to increasing the next generation’s competiveness. It is one way to spark collegiate sorors’ desire for leadership in the Sorority,” said Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President. Treshon Tipton, a 2013 Leadership DELTA cohort member, appreciates the exposure she has received from 2 • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. “Defining Emerging Leaders Through Advocacy” participating in the program. She has even expanded her GE and Delta networks. “We want our collegiate sorors to thrive in their careers. We must continue to attract, develop, and retain strong diverse talent with a desire to grow into leadership positions,” said Boyd. “Leadership DELTA has been successful simply because it works. What started as a vision has evolved into a widely supported program. This would not be possible without the hard work and relentless commitment of the Sorority’s leadership team over the years, support of GE sorors, and the willingness of GE’s leadership to be present and engage with us,” said Cooke-Holmes. s The 2014 Leadership DELTA National Leadership Conference was held May 28-31, 2014, at the GE Training Center in Crotonville, NY. The class of 2014- 15 consisted of 26 collegiate Deltas with an average GPA of over 3.5. The 2014 conference was held concurrently with the AKA Fellows conference. Participants from both programs participated in joint sessions with GE CEO Jeff Immelt and other GE leaders. Delta development sessions were also held featuring Dr. Paulette C. Walker, Nation-al President; Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, 22nd National President; members of the Executive Committee; and oth-er Sorority leaders. The Southern Region won the award for the greatest number of selected participants and the Farwest Region won the award for the greatest percentage (as a percentage of financial collegiate Deltas) of selected participants for the 2014 class. Danielle Huggins, Elsie Cooke-Holmes and Erica Donerson contributed to this article. Leadership DELTA Graduate Spotlights Khristie Dyson Compliance Leader, GE Oil & Gas Alma Mater: Kettering University (Mu Phi Chapter) / Xavier University MBA Major/Career Path: Electrical Engineering / MBA Years with GE: 9 How did Leadership DELTA prepare you for your career with GE? Leadership DELTA provided me the opportunity to build relationships with and learn from some of the most influential and esteemed leaders in corporate America. The leadership training and unique opportunity to practice in a safe environment gave me the confidence at an early stage in my career to take on challenging roles and benefit from stretching outside of my comfort zone. Accomplishments: Upon graduation from Leadership DELTA, I was offered a position in one of GE’s world-class leadership programs to develop expertise in Operations Management. Additionally, I received financial sponsorship from GE to attend Xavier University to complete my MBA. I’ve received numerous leadership awards and have had the opportunity to travel the world, live in five cities and work with some of the most incredible technology, while solving some of our customers’ toughest challenges. Alma Mater: Southern University and A&M College (Alpha Tau Chapter); Harvard University Major/Career Path: Electrical Engineering / Commercial & Compliance (Sales, Marketing, Internal Audit, Compliance) Years with GE: 10 How did Leadership DELTA prepare you for your career with GE? The Leadership DELTA experience helped me tremendously with transitioning from college to corporate. Being paired with a mentor who was such a great fit for me, propelled me to boldly leap into the new chapter of my life with tools that I could use to be successful in multiple settings. Accomplishments: Since joining GE, I have successfully completed the GE Energy, Commercial Leadership Program (CLP) for sales & marketing professionals. I also went on to one of GE’s premiere leadership development programs known as Corporate Audit Staff (CAS). I’ve had the opportunity to chair the Leadership DELTA program. Finally, as an added benefit of my employment with GE, I was able to complete my master’s degree at Harvard University through the tuition reimbursement benefit program. Khia Chukudebelu Global Sales & Operations Planning Leader


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