Troy University and the City of Troy will host a free, virtual leadership event on Feb. 5, featuring keynote remarks from Dr. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, the 29th International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
The live-streamed event, “Celebrating Leadership and Legacy: A Transition to the Congressman John R. Lewis Leadership Conference,” will replace the in-person Leadership Conference Celebrating African American History Month this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, setting the stage for the relaunching of the conference in 2022 under its new name. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Central Time.
Dr. Wilson is President of Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, LLC, a leadership training and consulting business. A renowned speaker and trainer with extensive experience in operations and business expansion, Buckhanan Wilson is the author of the popular book, “You Can Lead.” She has held senior level positions at Fortune 500 businesses, including the Xerox Corporation and SC Johnson Wax, as well as at not-for-profits such as The Private Industry Council and Goodwill Industries.
As International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha from 2014-2018, she elevated the sorority to new levels of growth, leading the $6 million renovation of the Corporate Headquarters in Chicago, increasing membership by 25 percent, raising $12 million for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, collected 1.1 million backpacks and restored 2,200 playgrounds.
A dynamic public speaker, Buckhanan Wilson has received keys and proclamations to more than 200 cities and has been featured in national publications, including Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Dollars and Cents, The Milwaukee Business Journal, Rolling Out Magazine and the HBCU Times. She is the recipient of more than 500 awards and citations for professional achievement and community service.
Buckhanan Wilson holds an MBA from Clark Atlanta University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Benedict College. She also holds an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Benedict College.
A current resident of Columbia, South Carolina, she is a lifetime member of the NAACP and the National Council of Negro Women and the mother of two adult children.
In addition to Buckhanan Wilson’s address, the event will feature remarks from TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Troy Mayor Jason Reeves, TROY Phenix City Vice Chancellor Dr. Dionne Rosser-Mims and City of Troy Director of Public Relations Shelia Jackson.
The event is free and open to the public, and additional information about the event is available at www.troy.edu/leadershipconference.