Alpha Kappa Alpha Partners With Personnel Strategies

Alpha Kappa Alpha and Personnel Strategies Inc. (PSI) - Greek Diversity - have entered into a partnership where AKA's active members can access a diversity job board and an array of job opportunities
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Jan. 28, 2011 - PRLog -- Contact:  Melody McDowell  - Chief Information Officer – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority       773-660-2001 – Office   312-371-8917 – Cell
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Alliance will expose AKA's talented members to wealth of job opportunities

Chicago, Illinois – January 28, 2011 - Alpha Kappa Alpha and Personnel Strategies Inc. (PSI) - Greek Diversity - have entered into a partnership where AKA's active members can access a diversity job board and an array of job opportunities by logging on to the “Members only” section of its web site and following the directive that will link members to the site. Through this relationship, members will be exposed to job openings from a cross section of industries and locations from Corporate America, the small business community, government agencies, medical establishments, non-profit outlets and other sources.

In making the announcement, Attorney Carolyn House Stewart, Alpha Kappa Alpha's international president, characterized the partnership as a “powerful option for undergraduates seeking positions where they can launch their careers, and an innovative avenue where graduate members can advance themselves by applying for positions at reputable companies.”

Stewart noted that members of Alpha Kappa Alpha members represent a wealth of talent whose qualifications, work ethic and proven results make them excellent prospects that companies seek out.  She said that Personnel Strategies' interest in forging a relationship with Alpha Kappa Alpha is testimony to the value the organization places on the talents and contributions of the membership to its database of recruiters.

AKA's international president explained that members can search the site, apply for positions that match their backgrounds and post their resumés, for consideration. The agreement also enables active members to participate in virtual job fairs and onsite job fairs at regional or national conferences.  At these events, they can engage companies and showcase their talents and skill sets. Stewart noted that the Job Board is run by PSI, the nation's leading producer of Diversity Job Fairs. Because of its reputation for powerfully connecting with organizations like the NAACP, other black sororities and black fraternities and because it is a prime hiring outlet, Alpha Kappa Alpha is looking forward to benefiting from this relationship.

Among the companies that have posted jobs on the GreekDiversity Job Board are State Farm, HP, the Peace Corps, AXA Equitable, AGA Medical. The site has also attracted KPMG, Mayo Clinic, the March of Dimes, General Mills, Hormel Foods Corporation and Ecolab, making it one of the most viable sites for accessing, identifying and generating opportunities and new jobs.

In explaining the evolution of the relationship, Stewart said, “This alliance was borne out of the reality that most jobs now are found online and Alpha Kappa Alpha is staying in step with this trend through this partnership.”

Equally important, added Stewart, is the recognition that having a diverse staff represents a business model for firms that has proven successful at generating innovative ideas, enhancing productivity and boosting profits.  Because of this, companies are seeking outlets where they can connect with prospects of color.

Stewart said the relationship parallels the new administration's Economic Security Initiative, which focuses on wealth building and homeownership. Said Stewart, “Nothing expands economic empowerment more than having a job and leveraging wealth to improve one's financial status. This partnership between Alpha Kappa Alpha and PSI represents a dynamic opportunity to fulfill the spirit of this initiative.

Stewart hailed the relationship as a “win/win” and added that this alliance represents another value-added benefit of being an active member of the Sorority. She stressed that the relationship represents an incentive for those inactive AKA's to renew their membership.

Mike Hall, Director of and President of PSI expressed excitement at the partnership: “We are extremely pleased to have Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated join GreekDiversity as a sponsor. This sorority has a strong history with a membership dedicated to global service, academic excellence, and professional leadership. Employers have had great success using GreekDiversity as a career resource to identify and recruit talented individuals. We are excited to add the incredible talent of Alpha Kappa Alpha members to the GreekDiversity community.”

About Alpha Kappa Alpha:
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women. It is comprised of 260,000 members in 958 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U. S. Virgin Islands, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, South Korea and on the continent of Africa. Its membership includes distinguished women who boast excellent academic records, proven leadership skills, and are involved in the global community through advocacy and service. Alpha Kappa Alpha has dedicated itself to improving the quality of life for citizens worldwide and promoting peace.  The organization is led by its 28th International President Carolyn House Stewart of Tampa, Florida whose administration's programmatic theme is “Global Leadership Through Timeless Service.”
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