Lois Elizabeth Bingham, Esq. serves as Executive Director of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Before joining Delta, she worked as a business attorney for more than 25 years representing for-profit and non-profit companies around the world. Most recently, she served eight years as Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Compliance Officer of a major Japanese automotive supplier and its 70,000 employees located within North and Central America. A native of Detroit, Michigan, she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctorate Degree from Temple University School of Law.
Ms. Bingham was initiated into the Sorority through the Epsilon Phi Chapter of the Sorority in 1987 and is the Immediate Past President of the Detroit Alumnae Chapter. In addition to her years of service within the Detroit Alumnae Chapter, Ms. Bingham is a member of several bar associations and has served on the Board of Directors of many community organizations, such as The Black United Fund of Michigan, Just the Beginning - A Pipeline Organization based in Chicago, and Legal Aid and Defenders Association of Michigan, where she served as Board Chair. She previously served on The Penn Fund Executive Board and as a member of the Trustees Council of Penn Women for the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Ms. Bingham is an Independent Director on the Board of Directors of USA Gymnastics and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Baltimore, MD based Vehicles for Change affiliate organization in Detroit.
Recognized for her leadership, Ms. Bingham was the first African-American to be promoted to Vice President in the 100+ year history of a global automotive information services company headquartered in Michigan and was the first African-American woman elected to serve as Chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s International Law Section. She received the Straker Bar Association’s 2016 Trailblazer Award, the 2015 Crain’s Detroit Business General Counsel Award for Private Company, Revenue Over $1 Billion, and the Association of Corporate Counsel recognized the legal department she ran as a 2015 Value Champion. In addition, she was featured in the April/May 2016 edition of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Diversity and the Bar, the Fall 2015 edition of Modern Counsel, the 2013 edition of DRIVEN: A Tribute to African-American Achievement in the Automotive Industry and recognized in 2012 as one of Michigan Chronicle’s Women of Excellence honorees.
On Oct. 31,2016, Soror Dorcas Washington joined the Headquarters staff as the Deputy Executive Director. Soror Washington is the first Deputy Executive Director since the 1990s when the organization last included the position in its managerial structure.
As Deputy Executive Director, Soror Washington provides operational leadership in the following areas: Documents Management, Policies and Procedures, Programs, Events Management and the Sorority’s Customer Support Service Center. In preparation for her assignment as Deputy Executive Director, Soror Washington spent more than 25 years managing people and processes in public and private environments. While her degree is in Human Resources Management, her experience includes contract management, event planning, account management, customer relations, and budget management. She describes herself as a transformational leader specializing in the art of identifying and developing talent to exceed expectations. Dorcas was initiated into the Kappa Upsilon Chapter at Auburn University on November 24, 1985. She has been an active member of alumnae chapters in two regions and has held a position on the Executive Committee in each. Soror Washington serves as the Immediate Past President and chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for the Tallahassee Alumnae Chapter. She is also a certified DID trainer, membership intake trainer, and collegiate chapter advisor.