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Relief Grant Recipients

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Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., in partnership with the Lola Mercedes Parker Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the Iota Relief Fund Micro Grants.

These grants will help support small  businesses owned by African American women, who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic, in the five regions of Iota. As the first Africa American Business Sorority, we continue to support and empower African American business women with these funds and resources, that strengthen their business efforts.

 

Central Region

  • Dr. Barbara J. Andrews, The Open Arms Foundation (Chicago, IL)
  • Phyllis L. Rodgers, Peer Plus Education & Training Advocates (Chicago, IL)

Eastern Region

  • Kezia M. Williams, Capital Cause dba The Black Upstart (Alexandria, VA)

Far Western Region

  • Veronica Dawkins, Dresspart, LLC (Denver, CO)
  • Paula Welsh, Welsh PR & Event Planning (Oakland, CA)

Southern Region

  • Tunisia Scott, Tennessee Minority Pages (Nashville, TN)
  • Xubian Wellness & Acne Clinic, P.C. (Fayetteville, NC)
  • Courtney Caldwell, ShearShare, Inc. (Frisco, TX)

Southwestern Region

  • Portia Andrews & Kira Buckley, HeyyHealer Holistic Health & Wellness Studio (DeSoto, TX)

 

Iota Commits $7,000.00 in Grants to Small Businesses Owned by African American Women

Applications are due by July 21, 2020!

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Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc, in partnership with the Lola M. Parker Foundation is committed to empowering youth and women to achieve financial independence through entrepreneurship and business education. Small businesses owned by African American women are being adversely
affected by COVID-19. As we continue to recover from the effects of COVID-19 Pandemic and the inequality of loan assistance and resources, Iota has renewed its efforts to help small businesses in our communities.

We will award up to 10 micro-grants ranging from $500.00 to $1,000.00 to small businesses owned by African American women, with less than 15 employees, to aid in their survival and recovery. The grants are to be awarded by a lottery of qualified applicants on August 8, 2020. To qualify, a business must have been in business for at least one year, have less than $100,000.00 in annual revenue and experienced a 25% decrease in revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting July 1st, applications will be available and accepted from African American women
owned small businesses in each of the five regions served by Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.
Please contact your local Iota chapter for application and/or questions. Applications are to be
completed and returned to a local Iota chapter.

Applications are due by July 21, 2020.

23rd Lola M. Parker Luncheon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Iota Honors Business and Professional Women

San Francisco, CA, April 2019 —Across the nation Iota Phi Lambda Sorority’s Business Month which focuses on empowering Business and Professional Women is being celebrated with diverse events throughout the month of April. Iota Phi Lambda is a nonprofit organization of business and professional women dedicated to community service. The theme is “Business and Professional Women: Furthering the Dream of Economic Independence”.

On April 6, MC Valerie St. John introduced seven women selected by Gamma Nu Chapter to the community at its 23rd Annual Lola M. Parker Luncheon held at the Patio Español, 2850 Alemany Blvd. in San Francisco, CA. She is an award-winning digital strategist and corporate communicator for a cutting edge data driven research firm which helps institutional investors make more informed decisions. She is also an Honorary Member of Gamma Nu Chapter.

(L to R) Honorees: Stacey Hunt, M.D.; Clara L. Porter, J.D.; Lucretia Bobo; Lacy Silas; Tamara Sisk; and (not in photo) Elizabeth Grigsby and Joanne Early, 2019 Soror of the Year.

The Business and Professional Women honored included: Lucretia Bobo, Community Outreach Recruiter & Worker for Alameda County Health Care Services Agency; Dr. Stacey Hunt, M.D. at Kaiser Permanente; Elizabeth Grigsby a Consumer Rights Advocate at the Golden Gate Regional Center; Clara L. Porter, J.D., an attorney at Veatch Carlson, LLP; Lacy Silas a business owner of Lacy’s Nails; Tamara Sisk, a business owner and Architectural Designer; and Soror Joanne Early, a Life Coach and the 2019 Gamma Nu Soror of the Year.

2019 Gamma Nu Scholarship winners (not in order): PSASHA IMANI BORDEN, SAIRA ZOE BROWN, DESIRAY ABIGAIL GRIFFIN, ISLAAM SAVANNAH RASHADA, with Soror Shontay Rand.
(L to R) Gamma Nu Chapter. Johnnie Evans, 2nd Vice Pres.; Myrtle Smith, Treasurer ; Karen Smith, Event Chr.; Adrienne Anderson, Web Master/Program Design; Cara Brown, President;
Valerie St. John, MC/Honorary Member; Lillian Anderson, Dean of Intake ; Joanne Early, 1st Vice Pres.; and Linda Dillard, Journalist. Not pictured: Collette Evans – Brown, Delphine Metcalf-Foster, Emogene Singleton and Beatrice Smith. ***

This Luncheon is Gamma Nu Chapter’s major Scholarship Fundraiser. Scholarships of $1,000 each were presented to four graduating high school seniors

The chapter also administers the Helen M. Johnson and John Q. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund which targets single mothers with minor children who are pursuing their goal of higher education.

 

 

 

 

 

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22nd Lola M. Parker Luncheon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Lillian Anderson
Tel: 650-355-4130
Email: cander8433@aol.com

Iota Honors Business and Professional Women

San Francisco, CA, April 2018 —Across the nation Iota Phi Lambda Sorority’s Business Month which focuses on empowering Business and Professional Women is being celebrated with diverse events throughout the month of April. Iota Phi Lambda is a nonprofit organization of business and professional women dedicated to community service. The theme is “Business and Professional Women: Furthering the Dream of Economic Independence”.

On April 7, MC Valerie St. John introduced eight women selected by Gamma Nu Chapter to the community at its 22nd Annual Lola M. Parker Luncheon held at the Patio Espanol, 2850 Alemany Blvd. in San Francisco, CA. She is the Chief Marketing Officer at DISCERN Investment Analytics, a cutting edge data driven research firm which helps institutional investors make more informed decisions. She is also an Honorary Member of Gamma Nu Chapter.

(L to R) Honorees and MC: Akiba Bradford, Captain Valerie Matthews, Aisha Lusk, Valerie St. John, MC. Standing. Cara Brown, Chapter Pres., Felisia Thibodeaux, Toni Ratcliff – Powell, Pamela Ellison, Lakisha Mitchell – Keith, Deloris Bethea’

The Business and Professional Women honored included: Deloris Bethea’, a Certified Foster Parent since 2004 with the SF Department of Human Services, who has fostered over 37 children; Akiba Bradford, a Juvenile Justice and Criminal Justice Researcher and Advocate who is a Board Member and Vice Chair of the City of Oakland’s Community Policing Advisory Board which advises the Chief of Police, City Council and the Community on fostering better community-police relations; Pamela Ellison, Chief Digital Officer and Corporate Advisor who sits on the board of advisors for select brands and consults with CEOs on their digital business growth plans; Aisha Lusk, a MSW Protective Services Supervisor for the City & County of San Francisco’s Human Services Commission as a Protective Services Worker for the past ten years; Captain Valerie Matthews, who came into the San Francisco Police Department in 1991, has been an exemplary officer and role model with the Police Dept. progressively moving through the ranks to her current role as Captain in October 2017. She is currently in charge of the Major Crimes Unit which includes Homicide, Robbery, and Gang Task Force; Lakisha Mitchell-Keith, a criminal justice administrator and former Homeland Security supervisor where she created several policies and procedures which were awarded the National Best Practices by the Agency’s Executive Director. She was invited to headquarters to launch her program nationwide. In 2017, she received a full scholarship to Golden Gate University’s School of Law where her goal is to help to those in need; Toni Ratcliff-Powell, an employee of the S.F. Juvenile Probation Dept. in diverse roles bridging outreach to the community since 1987. Upon resuming Supervisory Probation Officer duties over the Dept.’s Court Office Unit, she oversaw General and Serious Offender Units and in 2016 began leading one of the Intake Units.; and Felisia Thibodeaux, CEO/Founder of At Your Service Professional Service serving the public for over 25 years. The majority of this time spent in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, Property Management and Housing Development arena. She is the Founder of You Go Girl, Youth Leadership Academy, a program to help intercity girls develop and realize their own potential, foster leadership and create community stewards.

(L to R) Scholarship Recipients with Joanne Early, Scholarship Committee Chair. Denaysia Rabb, Lauren McCoy, and Saira Brown representing her sister Gabriella Brown.
(L to R) Gamma Nu Chapter. Johnnie Evans, 2nd Vice Pres.; Myrtle Smith, Treasurer ; Karen Smith, Event Chr.; Adrienne Anderson, Web Master/Program Design; Cara Brown, President;
Valerie St. John, MC/Honorary Member; Lillian Anderson, Dean of Intake ; Joanne Early, 1st Vice Pres.; and Linda Dillard, Journalist. Not pictured: Collette Evans – Brown, Delphine Metcalf-Foster, Emogene Singleton and Beatrice Smith. ***

This Luncheon is Gamma Nu Chapter’s major Scholarship Fundraiser. Scholarships of $1,000 each were presented to three graduating high school seniors: Gabriella Brown, Piedmont H.S., Piedmont, CA plans to attend Western Washington University with a focus in Computer Science; Lauren McCoy, Mission High School, San Francisco, CA plans to attend Dillard University to pursue Nursing; and Denaysia Rabb, Mission High School, San Francisco, CA plans to attend Clark Atlanta University with a focus on Business Management.

The chapter also administers the Helen M. Johnson and John Q. Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund which targets single mothers with minor children who are pursuing their goal of higher education.

 

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Iota Honors Business and Professional Women

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Saturday, April 6, 2019
11:30 Am To 2:00pm

Patio Español | 2850 Alemany Boulevard | San Francisco, Ca 94112
Price: $75.00/Person | $25.00/Child’s Plate (Chicken Nuggets)
Entrée Choices | Salmon, Chicken, Pasta Primavera (Vegetarian)
Online Tickets: https://Bpt.Me/4089837
Ticket Deadline: March 29, 2019
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22nd Annual Lola M. Parker Luncheon to Honor Outstanding Business & Professional Women

Hosted by Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. – Gamma Nu Chapter

Saturday, April 7, 2018

11:00 A.M. to 2:00 PM

PATIO ESPAÑOL | 2850 Alemany Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94112

$70.00/person | $30.00 /Child’s Plate (Chicken Nuggets)
Entrée Choices: Salmon, Chicken, or Vegetarian

ONLINE TICKETS: BPT.ME/3360759

Ticket Deadline: March 30, 2018
Info or Questions: Karen Smith, nappy825@pacbell.net

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Soror Delphine Metcalf-Foster elected as National Commander of DAV


Delphine Metcalf-Foster was elected as the National Commander of the Disabled American Veterans, she is the first woman and first African American to hold the post.

Delphine Metcalf-Foster, a disabled U.S. Army veteran, was elected National Commander of the nearly 1.3 million-member DAV at the organization’s 2017 National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Vallejo, California native’s military career included service with the U.S. Army Reserve, 689th Quartermaster Unit, 6253rd Hospital Unit and 6211th Transportation Unit, Letterman Army Medical Center. She retired from the Army Reserves with the rank of first sergeant in 1996.

Read more on the DAV site (off-site)…