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51sNt ational Convention Cov era g e at the Opening Ceremony of the 51st Paula Wiliams basketball franchise and sits on the National Convention and Centennial Madison WNBA Board of Governors. Williams Celebration, on July 13. In late 2012, “We are the Honorary Madison serves on the Board of Li-brary Jackson stepped down from the EPA Commissioners in Los Angeles, and she was recently named Apple’s Centennial Line” home to the second largest library vice president for environmental ini-tiatives by Erin Hill Perry system in the United States. She has to head the tech giant’s green a bachelor’s degree in history and efforts. WBlack studies from Vassar College. Jackson joined the cabinet of hen me-dia President Barack Obama in 2009 and giant was credited with pushing through Paula Williams Madison ad-dressed Susan L. Taylor some of the most aggressive anti-pol-lution thousands “Serving with Holy Hands” standards in U.S. history. She was named one of News-week’s of her new sorors for By Leslie J. Allen “Most Influential People in the first time, at the   2010,” featured as one of Time Mag-azine’s Opening Ceremony “Hands that serve are holier than lips “100 Most Influential People where she had just that pray.” in the World” in 2010 and 2011, and been initiated, she listed in Essence magazine as one of made no qualms about how much hose char-acteristically “40 Women Who have Influenced the she had desired to be a member of TWorld” for her efforts to curb climate Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. inspiration-al change and to spark environmental “I have been waiting since the words poured justice and engagement in under-rep-resented day I got the letter to say the word from the heart communities. ‘soror,’” she said, to thunderous ap-plause. of a woman who Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, She then spoke for the other has symbolized the Sorority’s 21st National President, five new Honorary Members, saying, strength, grace described Jackson as both a “fighter “You have no idea what it’s like to and determina-tion and friend.” The New Orleans native be what we’ve branded ourselves as for generations of women—the graduated summa cum laude from – and I want you to repeat it after me newly inducted Honorary Member Tulane University in 1983 and earned – ‘We are the Honorary Centennial Susan L. Taylor. a master’s degree in chemical engi-neering line.’” Taylor is editor-in-chief emeri-tus from Princeton University. Williams Madison retired from at Essence magazine, where for Visibly emotional as she was ini-tiated NBCUniversal in 2011, where she had 27 years she authored the thought-provoking into the sisterhood, Jackson worked in various roles over more column “In the Spirit.” explained that she had been adopted than 20 years, culminating as execu-tive She is the bestselling author of into a loving home but had no sisters, vice president of diversity and “In the Spirit: The Inspirational Writ-ings and had always prayed to be able to vice president of General Electric. of Susan L. Taylor.” She also call someone by that name. Black Enterprise and Ebony maga-zines authored “Lessons in Living and “It was a dream come true,” she have recognized the Harlem Confirmation: The Spiritual Wisdom said. native, who now lives in Los Angeles, That Has Shaped Our Lives,” and “All as a leader in Black America and the About Love: Selected Writings from media. In the Spirit on Living Fearlessly.” She is a partner in Williams Group Among her many honors, Taylor Holding LLC, a family owned Chica-go- has been inducted in the American based company with investments Society of Magazine Editors Hall of in real estate and trading businesses. Fame and is a recipient of the pres-tigious The family group holds majority own-ership Henry Johnson Fisher Award in The Africa Channel and the from the Magazine Publishers of WNBA’s LA Sparks where she also is America. chairwoman and CEO of the women’s s38 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.


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