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Dr. Paulette C. Walker Leads Sorority into the Next Century of Service “Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick— Dr. Paulette C. Walker capti-vated s National Convention au-diences with those words in 2008 and 2010, during her campaigns for National First Vice President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incor-porated. Each time, she went on to explain why she was the best Delta for the job. Clearly, sorors agreed. She served two terms as National First Vice President and chair of the National Scholarship and Standards Committee. In 2013, as the Sorority cel-ebrated its centennial and the 51st National Convention in Washington, D.C., Dr. Walker pursued the highest position in the sisterhood—National President—and won. During her ac-ceptance speech at the closing ban-quet, she told members gathered at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, “In 2008, you heard me say, ‘Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick—now is the time.’ In 2010, you heard me say, ‘Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick—now is the time.’ In 2013, you will hear me say, ‘Focus on the comma.’” Focusing on the “Comma” Dr. Walker wants the world to stop and take more notice of the im-pact of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in the countless communities it serves. She believes that can happen if everyone focuses on the “comma” in the organization’s name and the word that comes after it—“Incorpo-rated.” “Sorority and Incorporated, it’s not a choice. You can have both. You can be very active in what we consid-er by Erica Donerson ‘the corporate world,’ but still hold onto the principles of the Sorority. I don’t think it’s an accident that in 1913, we were founded as a Sorority. Then, in 1930, we were incorporated. And, here we are 100 years after our founding, Sorority, comma, Incorpo-rated. You can do both.” Dr. Walker says, while it’s impor-tant to acknowledge that Delta is a sisterhood, not everyone has the same understanding of the word “so-rority.” “A sorority is often seen as a party organization,” Dr. Walker said. “Others don’t always see us the way we see us.” Dr. Walker is on a mission to make sure everyone knows Delta is not only a sisterhood committed to service, but also something more. “We are the largest black female corporation in the country,” she said. Her first priority is to ensure the Sorority is functioning as a premier corporation. Dr. Walker is focusing on the comma. She’s starting by ad-dressing the inner workings of the organization and calling on her pre-decessors to help. Each past national president holds a seat on the National Execu-tive Board this biennium to lend her expertise, but that’s not all. Dr. Walker says she tried to capture the essence of each of their administrations in her biennium theme—“Uncompro-mising Commitment to Communities: Service, Leadership, Empowerment.” “Uncompromising means just that,” said Dr. Walker. “We won’t set-tle for anything and we won’t fall for everything. Commitment—I want to see a bigger commitment to our com-munities. We are the largest black female organization in the world and we are run by black females. We can do it all!” Looking toward the Future Dr. Walker’s vision to transform the Sorority is detailed in her strate-gic plan. “My two-year plan for the bien-nium has four focal points—commu-nication, institutional research, op-erations and technology,” Dr. Walker said. Dr. Walker plans to maintain the enhanced communications between the national leadership, regional leadership, chapter officers, sorors, Dr. Paulette C. Walker now is the time.” 16 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.


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