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52nd National Convention C O V E R A G E s16 Q&A with Project 13 Partners: March of Dimes and Sisters Network Dr. Paulette Walker, National President, with Soror Erie Calloway, the executive director of Sisters Network, and Karen Jackson, founder of the Sisters Network, during the Project 13 Partnership Breakfast held during the National Convention. PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TASK FORCE DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. BY DARRYA LIPSCOMB During the 52nd National Con-vention in Houston, represen-tatives from the Sisters Net-work and the March of Dimes, two of the Sorority’s designated Project 13 organizations, shared what the initia-tive has meant to their organizations’ missions. Led by the Sorority’s Strategic Partnerships Task Force, Project 13 is an initiative meant to serve as a way to collaboratively support the charitable causes and projects im-pacting the communities the Sorori-ty serves. Karen Eubanks Jackson, Found-er and CEO of Sisters Network, and Gwen Carmon, National Director of Volunteer Diversity Leadership Devel-opment for the March of Dimes, gave their perspective on working with the Sorority as a Project 13 Partner. ●Q Why did your organiza-tion want to partner with Delta? ●A Jackson (Sisters Network): As a national organization for Afri-can- American women and breast can-cer, we have to seek out the best and brightest organizations in our coun-try that can assist Sisters in getting the message out to African-Ameri-can women that early detection can save your life. What better way than the largest, best organization in the country to get that message out to the women that we serve? ●A Carmon (March of Dimes): Well, the chair of our national board of trustees is a Delta, and the nation-al director of diversity for HR is a Del-ta so we did not have a choice, and we wanted to partner because of the historical connection we’ve had with your organization over the years. ●Q What value can we provide to your greater mission? ●A Jackson (Sisters Network): Our mission is to have a chapter in every city. After 21 years of exis-tence, we’re in 43 cities so we have a ways to go. I realized early on that a partnership relationship with an or-


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