National President and Chair, National Board of Directors

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Elsie Cooke-Holmes National President & Chair, National Board of Directors

Elsie Cooke-Holmes is a native of Jackson, Tennessee. Both her personal life and professional career have been distinguished by her background of public service and community involvement.

Cooke-Holmes is currently Principal/Owner of Cooke-Holmes, LLC, a firm offering executive, leadership and career coaching and human resources consulting, specializing in leadership development and change management. Her career in corporate America spans over 30 years. Cooke-Holmes was employed by Texas Instruments and Andersen Consulting prior to joining PepsiCo. At PepsiCo, she held numerous technical and management positions in the company’s Information Technology and the Human Resources Departments, most recently serving as Human Resources Director for the Corporate Human Resources and Global Financial Shared Services organizations. During her tenure, she was a recipient of Pepsi’s Right Side Up Leadership Award and multiple HR Excellence Awards.

In February 2022, Cooke-Holmes was installed as National President and Chair, Board of Directors of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated for the remainder of the 2021-2023 biennium, after serving as National First Vice President and National Secretary. She joined the Sorority in 1976, in the Epsilon Kappa Chapter at the University of Memphis. While in college, she was elected National Second Vice President and served as a member of the National Board of Directors and member, National Scholarship and Standards Committee representing the Sorority’s collegiate members. She has held numerous leadership positions on Delta’s local, regional and national levels, in addition to her most recent positions. She is a currently a member of the Dallas Alumnae Chapter where she chaired the Strategic Planning Committee and serves on the International Awareness and Involvement Committee.

Cooke-Holmes participates in a number of other community activities, including membership in The Links, Inc., NAACP and NCNW. She is a member and board secretary of the WiNGS, Inc. (formerly YWCA of Dallas) Board of Directors and the Board of Directors for the Werthing Foundation. Her involvement has included membership on the Drug Prevention Resources Inc. Advisory Board, Westchester County Black Scholars Advisory Board, the Graham-Windham Advisory Board and the Interracial Women’s Roundtable. She is a member of the St. Luke United Methodist Church in Dallas, TX. She is a recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for her commitment to leadership and community service and is listed in Worldwide Who’s Who for Executives.

Cooke-Holmes is a graduate of the University of Memphis, with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology/Computer Systems Degree. She received her MBA from Columbia University.

Cooke-Holmes is married to Clarence H. Holmes, Jr. and resides in Plano, Texas.



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