Danette Anthony Reed is the International President & CEO of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®. She is the 31st woman to lead the nation’s first African American sorority for college-educated women. She comes to the position with more than 46 years of experience to lead the international organization.
Ms. Anthony Reed ascended to Alpha Kappa Alpha’s highest office in July 2022. As International President & CEO, Ms. Anthony Reed sets policy and programs and leads a board of directors representing other international officers and 10 regional directors who oversee management of the sorority’s more than 1,061 chapters and 355,000 initiated members throughout the United States and 11 countries.
A committed Life Member and Silver Star member, Ms. Anthony Reed has held more than 24 leadership positions in the sorority at all levels including International First Vice President and previously International Treasurer. At the Chapter level, Ms. Anthony Reed has been president or vice president of three chapters, held numerous other leadership positions and was a charter member of Omicron Mu Omega Chapter, in Dallas, TX, where she is currently a member. While president of Omicron Mu Omega Chapter, she received the South Central Region’s Outstanding Chapter President’s Award.
A retired PepsiCo corporate executive, Ms. Anthony Reed brings decades of corporate leadership, community engagement, service, and progressive sorority governance to the role. She has served as an active and engaged sorority member and rising Alpha Kappa Alpha leader on the local, regional, and international levels.
Ms. Anthony Reed prides herself in engaging members of the sorority at all levels by being Authentic, Knowledgeable, and Accessible. Throughout her professional career and sorority service, Ms. Anthony Reed has demonstrated a rich ability to listen and lead among all constituents to maximize professional and community impact.
Ms. Anthony Reed rose through the operations ranks at Frito Lay, retiring after 34 years of service. A trailblazer within the PepsiCo, Frito Lay Division, she became the first African-American woman plant director for Frito Lay to lead the startup of an $80 million bakery facility in Dallas. After this accomplishment, she moved to Frito Lay’s corporate office and led a cross-functional team in the commercialization of $300 million in innovative products.
The daughter of two educators, Ms. Anthony Reed holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, specializing in Finance, from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor’s Degree of Science, Industrial Engineering, from Northwestern University. She is the first Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® International President who is an engineer.
Initiated in 1976 into Gamma Chi Chapter at Northwestern University, Ms. Anthony Reed’s Alpha Kappa Alpha lineage runs three generations deep. She follows in the footsteps of her mother Mary Alice Anthony, who has more than 65 years of service and is a Pearl member of Theta Omega Chapter in Chicago. In addition, her daughter, Erynn Denise Reed, initiated in 2015, is a member of Omicron Mu Omega Chapter, in Dallas. Ms. Anthony Reed also is the proud mother of her son, Anthony Leelynn Reed.
Ms. Anthony Reed is a charter member of the Greater Denton County (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; a member of Top Ladies of Distinction of Dallas, TX; a member of the Carrousels of Dallas, TX; a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians; and a former Girl Scouts leader. Currently, she serves as Treasurer of Krugerville Community Development Corporation.
She has received wide acclaim from a number of organizations for her service contributions including:
- Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals
- Women’s Inclusion Network Lifetime Achievement Award
- PepsiCo’s Global Harvey Russell Diversity and Inclusion Award
- National Council of Negro Women Outstanding Service Award
- Greater Denton County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated Leadership Award
- Women’s Inclusion Network Leadership Development Award
- Women of Color “Making an Impact Award”