Carolyn House Stewart
28th International President
2010 – 2014
Administration Theme: Global Leadership through Timeless Service
Administration/Program Focus: “Global Leadership through Timeless Service and developed Emerging Young Leaders as her signature program. Health Initiatives including Asthma Prevention and Management and Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability; Global Poverty; Economic Security Initiative; Social Justice and Human Rights; Internal Leadership Training for External Service
Initiated into Zeta Upsilon Chapter, University of South Florida (Tampa, Florida)
Current Membership: Gamma Theta Omega Chapter in Tampa, Florida
In ascending to the international presidency, Carolyn House Stewart, Esq., became the first lawyer to head the organization. She is also the first president to serve a full term in the sorority’s second centennial. Alpha Kappa Alpha, Incorporated ® (AKA) celebrated its first century in 2008. In 1998, she was appointed International Program Chairman. In 2002, she was elected as the International Secretary. Then, in 2006, elected as the International Vice-President.
Programs were effective and transformed the lives of 26 million people in communities across the globe. Under her leadership, service was purposeful and effective. Members volunteered six million hours of service. The sorority impacted the lives of 15,936 middle school girls in the Emerging Young Leaders program.
Under her leadership, the sorority obtained $100,000 in grants from the US Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to promote “Buckle-Up”-vehicle passenger safety and seat belt use in the African American community.
The Global Leadership through Timeless Service sustained partnerships marking the 10th Anniversary of Pink Goes Red™, a partnership with the American Heart Association to raise awareness of heart disease as a leading killer among women. The sorority’s partnership with the Peace Corps increased diversity within the agency by 30% and 112 undergraduates became ambassadors on their campuses. Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability: The environmental partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, the sorority planted more than 119,000 trees on campuses including nine HBCUs, creating paid internships for undergraduates. The administration hosted seven historic Leadership Fellows Programs sponsored by GE and Kellogg Foundation, including a joint leadership program with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
The sorority charted the first chapter in Johannesburg, South Africa as well as the second Undergraduate Chapter in the Bahamas and 35 additional chapters throughout the United States.