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IN THEIR OWN WORDS Spotlight on the National Executive Committee The 53rd National Convention brought great excitement and along with it came the emergence of new leadership that will serve the Sorority for the next two years. This new leadership will inevitably bring new ideas in their quest to keep the organization at the forefront of demonstrating and promoting sisterhood, scholarship and service. Members of National Executive Committee sat down with the “DELTA Journal” to give members a glimpse into who they are and how they plan to serve Delta Sigma Theta in this new biennium. Beverly E. Smith, National President s8 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. BY LAWANZA SPEARS NATIONAL PRESIDENT Soror Beverly E. Smith, the newly elected National President and CEO, became a 50-year member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in October of this year. Her Delta journey began on a line of one at Epsilon Omicron Chapter on the campus of Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Since that time, she has held various positions within the Sorority at the local, regional and national levels, most recently as the National First Vice President (2013-2017). Soror Smith also served as Delta’s executive director from 1988-1990, giving her a unique perspective on the Sorority’s corporate operation. She currently lives in the Southern Region and is a member of the Marietta-Roswell Alumnae Chapter. Soror Smith, a wife, mother, grandmother and sister, has devoted – and continues to do so – much time to her beloved sorority all while maintaining a successful professional career. She is currently the assistant commissioner for Georgia’s Office of Adult Education and GED® Testing. In addition, she and her husband Stephen are the owners of The HR Group Inc., a consulting firm located in Marietta. Soror Smith has more than 40 years of experience in the areas of human resources, organizational effectiveness, redesign and restructure, financial management, non-profit organizational leadership, and education administration. She firmly believes in Delta’s extraordinary and unique potential to directly impact and transform policies, communities and individuals. She shared that her path of experience and professional development have given her the skills necessary to serve as National President/CEO at this time in the Sorority’s history. In her remarks during the formal closing of the 53rd National Convention, Soror Smith said, “While I am a planner for business and for Delta work, I have never been a planner for me. I am one who believes no matter how you may try to plan God will direct your path with His purpose, and there is no doubt in my mind that this is why I am here.” “The vision I shared with you during my campaign: ‘Joy in our sisterhood, Power in our voice and Service in our heart’ is real. My commitment to being a resourceful, relevant and relational leader is real.” “For a leader to realize a vision, it’s going to take the support of the leadership team we’ll have in place along with the support and participation from you all to make sure that vision becomes a reality. The Executive Committee has work to do, but we can’t do it alone. We will achieve success as a team, a strong committed Delta team.”


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