TLOD News and Updates
TLOD, Inc. Hosts National Partners at Annual Board of Directors Meeting
The Annual Board of Directors Meeting of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. was held at the Wyndham Glenview Suites in Glenview, IL Sept. 29 - Oct. 2, 2016. Partners present were AARP, the Balm in Gilead, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, JSD Foundation, Keep America Beautiful, Medgar and Myrlie Evers Foundation, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. Representatives from local partners, Dress for Success and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois, were also present.
TLOD Receives $100,000 Grant from Houston Businessman
Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. received a $100,000.00 grant from
prominent Houston Attorney, Anthony W. Hall, Jr., former City Attorney and Chief Administrative Officer of the City of Houston. Mr. Hall is a fervent supporter of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. and Top Teens of America. The grant awarded to TLOD, Inc. is earmarked for Top Teens of America, the youth arm of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. The grant will be used to support the TTA Leadership Academy and other youth enrichment programs.
TLOD, Inc. Welcomes Myrlie Louise Evers-Williams
The newest member of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. is Mrs. Myrlie Evers-Williams, noted American civil rights activist and journalist who worked for over three decades to seek justice for the murder of her civil rights activist husband, Medgar Evers, in 1963. She was also chairwoman of the NAACP, and published several books on topics related to civil rights and her husband’s legacy. On January 21, 2013, she delivered the invocation at the second inauguration of Barack Obama. Her induction took place in historic Jackson, Mississippi.
Vivien Coe Richard TTA Leadership Academy
Thirty outstanding Top Teens from all over the USA joined 25 youth from all over the world to participate in a leadership training program focusing on STEM careers at the Space Center Houston (NASA) in Houston, Texas. Space Center UTM is a challenging five-day program that promotes teamwork, problem solving, communication, and engineering solutions to space related situations. The program is designed to develop and improve critical thinking skills, fiscal responsibility, creativity and the drive to be successful. Combining classroom theory with cognitive and tactile tasks, astronaut training and real-world NASA experiences such as robotics, cryogenics, rocketry, scuba diving, and Mars Habitat design are simulated. The program culminated with a graduation ceremony celebrating the student's accomplishments and an exclusive Brunch with astronauts. A second part of the Academy was the Arts portion (STEAM) where the Teens took part in training/classes at the Ensemble Theater. Classes included Lighting and set design and dance. The TTA Leadership Academy is held biennially.
TLOD Holds First HBCU Gala
Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., hosted its first HBCU Gala honoring 10 "Outstanding" Houstonians who graduated from historically black colleges and universities. The event was held at the Power Center in Houston, TX, chaired by Lady Jackie Pope, 11th National President of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. Over 580 guests were in attendance to help recognize the honorees and to hear Regina Belle, who was the featured artist. AARP and Bayway Lincoln were sponsors.
Top Teen Selected to Serve on Keep America Beautiful Youth Advisory Council
Teen Cyan Simmons of the Will County Black Diamond Chapter of Top Teens of America in Crete, IL competed in the National Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Youth Advisory Council (YAC) competition and was selected as one of 10 high school students across the country to serve on the council. The YAC creates a national framework for youth engagement. The newly-selected YAC members will provide an original point of view in assessing KAB programs, implement local service projects and act as ambassadors and leaders for youth service in their respective communities and states. Goals for 2016-2017 include raising awareness and increasing participation in youth-oriented Keep America Beautiful School initiatives to end littering.
Top Teens of America Raises Funds for St. Jude and March of Dimes
In partnership with St. Jude, the TTA Walk for St. Jude was held on May 21 with over 75 Top Teen chapters participating. As a result of the walk, over $40,000 was raised. Top Teens of America, Sponsored by Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., is the first multicultural group and the first youth group to hold a separate walk for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This walk will be held the 3rd Saturday in May of each year. In addition, in keeping with TTA/TLOD's tradition, Top Teens of America also participated in the March for Babies raising over $35,000. This is an annual event.