In an effort to highlight the people who are leading graduate chapters across the nation, we at Watch The Yard reached out to the sorority sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.’s Delta Zeta Omega Chapter in San Francisco, CA and did an interview with Maya Mosley the Basileus of the chapter.
The position of Basileus/president of a Black sorority chapter is a highly respected role and there is a special pride that one takes. Maya Mosley, who works as the Global Director, Employee Engagement at LVMH – Kendo Brands, is in her first term as the Basileus of her chapter.
We interviewed Mosley, who is a Fall 2009, Iota Gamma, Boston, MA initiate of Alpha Kappa Alpha and talked to her about her position, goals, future and what it means to hold this type of leadership position in the digital age.
Read the full interview below.
What motivated you to take on the role of alumni chapter president?
I’m a passionate advocate for lifelong active membership, and I consider it a privilege to be a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. After serving as Vice-President of my chapter for two years, I felt a profound calling and sense of duty to continue the impactful work that my amazing predecessor and I were able to achieve during her administration. It’s a way for me to contribute to the enduring legacy of our organization and our chapter and continue our mission of service to all mankind.
What specific initiatives is your chapter heading up this year and how do you think they will improve the local community or the broader Black community?
One of our national program initiatives focuses on “Empowering Our Families” by adopting a multi-generational approach to strengthen families within our communities, primarily by addressing child hunger. We recognize the vulnerability of children in underserved communities, particularly when schools are not in session. Through our Childhood Hunger Initiative Power Packs (CHIPP™), we’re committed to providing weekend and holiday meals to children in our community. Starting this September, we’re launching a partnership with a San Francisco elementary school serving a predominantly Black student and family population. Our goal is to distribute over 700 Power Packs throughout the entire school year, thereby making a significant impact on child hunger in our local community.
What made you want to pledge Alpha Kappa Alpha?
During my undergraduate years, I was always seeking organizations and communities that supported young women of color and helped us navigate predominantly white institutions (PWIs). Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. stood out as a beacon of sisterhood and support. I was inspired by the visible impact they made on campus, combining service, purpose, and style. I knew I wanted to surround myself with these women and leaders who shared a common purpose, and that’s why I wanted to be a part of this remarkable organization.
What is it about your specific chapter that makes it so unique?
Our chapter’s uniqueness lies in its diverse and multi-generational membership. We recognize the power of our varied life experiences, and we use this diversity as our collective strength to drive innovation, collaboration, and meaningful community impact. Our sisterhood is a source of pride and the positive influence we can have on our community, particularly in a city where our Black community is underrepresented. We believe that by coming together in unity and service, we have the power to make a positive impact both locally and globally.
How is your chapter providing for the undergraduate chapters you support?
We understand that undergraduates are the future of our organization, and we actively support them on their journey in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. We do this through active engagement and mentorship, fostering organic bonds that last well beyond their transition to alumni chapters. Our joint service projects, sisterly relations events, leadership development activities, and 1:1 mentorship all contribute to their growth. We also celebrate their transition to alumni chapters with a unique “National Signing Day” event, showing our support for their lifelong commitment to our sisterhood.
How do you approach fostering a sense of unity and camaraderie among alumni members, and what strategies have you found effective?
Our chapter culture is centered on embodying the essence of sisterhood in everything we do. We prioritize opportunities for connection, creating an environment where members can authentically bond across generations. Through data-driven insights, we strive to ensure that every voice is heard, maintaining a strong and supportive network for all our members. Our intent is to ensure that every member feels valued and supported in their journey within our chapter.
What advice would you give to aspiring leaders within your sorority who may aspire to take on roles of leadership within alumni chapters?
If you have a desire to lead in your alumni chapter, staying engaged and participating in leadership development opportunities within your fraternity/sorority is crucial. These roles offer distinctive experiences that can help you cultivate fresh leadership skills and strategies, which may differ from those you use in your professional life. Take the time to consider your goals for leadership and connect with experienced leaders who can provide guidance and support. Your organization is home to many accomplished individuals, so taking advantage of the opportunity to collaborate with them can be incredibly enriching.
How has mentorship helped you get to where you are today? Are there any specific people in your org who have made a significant impact on your life as mentors?
Mentorship and succession planning have been instrumental in my journey and prepared me for my current leadership role. My fellow members have invested in my development as an Alpha Kappa Alpha woman and as a Black woman leading in corporate America. In particular, Selena Young, my predecessor and the 40th President of Delta Zeta Omega, has had a profound impact on my journey. Selena provided hands-on guidance, allowing me to understand the responsibilities, challenges, and successes that come with holding the Chapter President position. Thanks to her guidance, I was well-equipped for my current role.
Why do you think Watch The Yard is important to Black greekdom?
The role of Watch The Yard in highlighting the importance of Divine 9 organizations within Black culture and society cannot be overstated. Members of these organizations are influential figures who are constantly shaping the future in various institutions and industries. Watch The Yard provides a platform that consistently showcases the impact of these members, fosters a sense of community, and offers a glimpse into the richness of the Divine 9 experience. This resource is invaluable in allowing us to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of these organizations while keeping BGLO cultural traditions alive.
Looking back at it, why do you love being a member of your org?
Last year, during my wedding, as my sorority sisters surrounded me to sing our hymn, I felt the weight of the years of bonds, stories, memories, laughter, and tears that I’ve shared with some of the most dynamic and phenomenal women I’ve ever met. That moment encapsulated why I cherish being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. It’s about forging connections that transcend the seasons of life’s journey. I am blessed to have many of my sorority sisters as a constant presence in my life.
Lastly, what does sisterhood mean to you?
Sisterhood is the driving force behind the success of any woman. It provides the confidence to step boldly into any arena, knowing you have a tribe of supporters cheering you on. Sisterhood embodies honesty and positive intent, and it’s an enduring investment. It signifies that I am committed to your life, and you are committed to mine, creating a bond that goes beyond friendship and becomes an unwavering support system.
We at Watch The Yard would like to commend Maya Mosley for her work as the Basileus of the Delta Zeta Omega Chapter which has a legacy that spans back to 1946.
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