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Soror Amaris Johnson, member of Gadsden County (FL) Alumnae, responds to a question raised during the “Leading When You Are Not in Charge” session at the inaugural Delta Fellows Lead-ership Conference October 27-30, 2016. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER Delta Newsletter WINTER 2017 • 29 ago, and when I was invited to present at this conference, I was thrilled,” said Terrez Thompson, vice president of Global Sup-plier Diversity at The Coca-Cola Compa-ny. “The participants were very receptive and I feel very comfortable after talking to several of them, that this program is on a positive track. I enjoyed being a participant in the conference.” In addition to the opportunity to meet and connect with their mentors and talk with prominent experts in differing roles of leadership, the conference allowed the Fellows to analyze and review key topics, to network and learn from others, and to build their leadership skills. Most importantly, this conference provided an open climate of communication where Delta Fellows could forge new relationships and exchange ideas. It also provided an oppor-tunity for empowerment through collaboration. “Words really can’t fully articulate the amazing experience I had at the Inaugural Delta Fellows Leadership Conference,” said Soror Tayanna Richardson, member of the Tampa Alumnae Chapter and Delta Fellow, “This con-ference confirmed that my future aspirations are actually achievable and within reach. Thank you Soror Walker, for having the vision and thank you Leadership Academy for your impressive implementation of her that vision.” The Delta Fellows is a one year pro-gram that provides an opportunity for se-lected alumnae sorors to share their energy, enthusiasm and passion for serving Delta and ensuring that our organization has a pipeline of diverse Delta women to be lead-ers in our beloved Sorority. The program also has a mentor component that provides an opportunity for the development of a collaborative mentor-mentee relationship which enables each Delta Fellow to receive mentoring, guidance and coaching from a seasoned sorority leader; provide opportu-nities for each Fellow to identify leadership strengths and areas of opportunity and growth; and enable Fellows to accomplish their leadership development goals. The primary goals of the program are to strengthen leadership performance across Delta’s seven regions, and to establish a leadership pipeline for succession in the Sorority’s executive positions. The major objectives of the fellowship program are: • To attract alumnae sorors who have demonstrated a commitment and ded-ication to community service, social justice and sisterhood to fill leadership roles in Delta; • To provide exposure to and experience in the concepts, skills and technologies that will shape the future of Delta leadership; • To provide concrete opportunities for leadership in Delta; and • To build strong relationships through collaborative efforts in leadership development. The program’s core curriculum and mission is to ensure that all Fellows possess the knowledge, skills and attributes they will need if they are to flourish as leaders in Delta as well as in their professional ca-reers. To address this component, monthly webinars focusing on professional skills, community engagement, branding, core leadership competencies, Delta culture/ history, organizational effectiveness, book study, spirituality, etc. are scheduled. Fel-lows are expected to be active participants in their learning and engaged in projects that bring the learning to life while apply-ing the skills achieved. “I can only express how much I wish there had been a program like this one when I became a Delta,” Soror Mabel Murray, member of the Baltimore County Alumnae Chapter and Leadership Acad-emy Committee Member. “I have been a teacher and supervisor for more years than many presenters and/or fellows have been alive, and I learned so much during those few days that I can use in my interactions with students, staff and faculty. The pro-gram was magnificent.” The Delta Fellows Program is open to any alumnae soror who is financial and in good standing with the Sorority. The Fel-lows Profile includes: professional achieve-ment in one’s career, leadership skills and potential for growth, ability to work effectively as a team, highest standards of professionalism and behavior, strong verbal and writing skills, personal initiative and determination, interest in civic engagement and availability for travel. The applica-tion process for the 2018-2019 class will be available following the 2017 National Convention. Soror Rosie Allen-Herring, member of Federal City Alumnae, serves as presenter during the “Non-Profit Management: Everything You Need To know” session during the Delta Fellows Leadership Confer-ence in Atlanta, Georgia. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER


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