The Greater Kansas City Chapter of Societas Docta, Inc. honored 10 outstanding and visionary women from the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area during their Fifth Biennial Nefertiti Award and Scholarship Luncheon held March 3 at the Marriott Hotel in Overland Park.

Honored were: Jamie Allen recognized for Public Service; Shannon Cade, Law & Legal Service; Dr. Sharon Butler, Humanitarian; Angela Curry, Mass Media Communications; Representative Gail McCann Beatty – District 26, Political Leadership; Dr. Nevada Lee, MD, Health; Kathy Walter-Mack, Higher Education; Patricia Macdonald, Philanthropy; Rev. Dana Patterson-Nelson, Religion; and Representative Barbara Anne Washington – District 23, Community Service.

Founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1987, the National Societas Docta, Inc. is an organization made up of African-American women who have earned doctoral degrees in a variety fields. The members are committed to networking and mentoring minority women to enhance the quality of their education, inspire them to pursue doctoral degrees in various areas and to provide financial support in the form of scholarships for those they mentor.

The Nefertiti Luncheon, always held during Women’s History Month, helps the organization raise money to provide their mentees scholarships.

The Greater Kansas City Chapter has worked diligently with as many as twenty mentees over the past five years. The Greater Kansas City Chapter president is Dr. Janice M. Cade and the members are Dr. Minnie Adams, Dr. Rhonda Beene, Dr. Karen Boyd, Dr. Edith Coleman, Dr. Mozella Dyer, Dr. Margaret Evans, Dr. Pearl Fain, Dr. Shaunda Fowler, Dr. Brenda Harris, Dr. Kimberly Johnson-Hatchett, Dr. Juana Hishaw, Dr. Kimberly Hill, Dr. Gayle Holiday, Dr. Etta Ruth Hollins, Dr. Shary Jones, Dr. Jessie O. Kirksey, Dr. S. Marie McCarther, Dr. Mary McConnell, Dr. Eva Ticker-Nevels, Dr. Gwendolyn Squires, Dr. Jo-Anna Warren, Dr. Marjorie Williams, and Dr. Everlyn Williams who also serves as the National President of Societas Docta, Inc.

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