51sNt ational Convention Cov era g e Genesis of a New Era: 100 Years of Fortitude Collegiate Luncheon by Lillian Paige Turner Awards, an exceptional key-note at the CW Network, deliv-ered that she will carry with her speaker and a meal be-fitting the keynote address. Blackwell through life. of Delta regality made urged the audience to find faith and “Graduating from Leadership the Centennial Collegiate Luncheon realize their individual worth. Black-well DELTA was an amazing experience— at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel spoke on the importance of a from the inspirational keynote July 14, 2013 a great success. Ap-proximately balanced life and remaining focused speaker to receiving my graduation 500 sorors, both colle-giate on future goals and endeavors. After certificate,” Edwards said. “The only and alumnae members, were in sharing her address, Blackwell enter-tained words I have for Delta are words of attendance. questions from the crowd. gratitude.” The event began with a The Leadership DELTA processional and introduc-tion program has graduated more of the dais, including the than 450 participants since National Executive Board, its inception 11 years ago regional representatives and and many have continued on guest speakers. Eastern re-gional to achieve high standards of representative Thais leadership and career suc-cess. Ridgeway introduced the For many Leadership dais. DELTA sorors, the gradua-tion National second vice was a final chapter in a president Chelsea Hayes leadership program that has delivered the welcome to changed their lives. Many sorors as they dined. Greet-ings sorors attributed their con-tinued were then extended to success, job opportu-nities sorors from National Presi-dent and new bonds formed Cynthia M. A. Butler- Sorors receive recognition during the Collegiate Luncheon at the to the program. McIntyre, and the presidents 51st National Convention. PHOTO BY MARK GAIL Soror Breyana Davis, of undergraduate chapters member, 2012-2013 Cohort in the Washington D.C. area—Alpha #10, said she considers Leadership Chapter, Beta Iota Chapter, Iota Iota Leadership DELTA Graduation DELTA an integral part of her leader-ship Chapter, Mu Beta Chapter and the Nu The luncheon continued with and career growth. Alpha Chapter. the presentation of collegiate awards “As a graduate from the Leader-ship Soror Fredrecka McGlown, Cen-tral and the Leadership DELTA Gradua-tion DELTA program, I am forever regional representative, deliv-ered of both the 2011-2012 and 2012- grateful for this experience,” Davis a meditation for the luncheon 2013 classes. The National Leader-ship said. “I have developed many rela-tionships focused on self-reflection and analy-sis. Academy recognized more than with mentors and sorors. McGlown charged sorors to refo-cus 30 collegiate and recently graduated This program was a gateway to many and rededicate their actions to sorors with certificates during a spe-cial of my successes.” further impact the communities to ceremony. Leadership DELTA participants which they belong. Soror Juliesa Edwards of the were recognized by Leadership Acad-emy After sorors enjoyed their meal, 2011-2012 Cohort #9 class said the co-chair Elsie Cooke-Holmes Traci Blackwell, vice president of pro-gramming program has been a rewarding ex-perience while their names and chapters were continued on page 83 s42 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC.
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