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Alma Dodd

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Insurance Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
Service Is The Price You Pay For Occupying Your Space On Earth.

Birthplace

Born:
9/5/1944
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Insurance Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
Service Is The Price You Pay For Occupying Your Space On Earth.

Birthplace

Born:
9/5/1944
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Insurance executive Alma Leola Dodd was born on September 5, 1944, in Chicago, Illinois, to George and Velma Roberts. Dodd received her B.S. degree in education from Northern Illinois University in 1966. She received her M.S. degree and completed her post graduate work in education with a focus on special education, learning disabilities, and administration & supervision from Chicago State University in 1974.

Dodd began her career in education as a teacher at Woodson North Elementary School in Chicago, where she taught from 1967 through 1970. She then worked as a language arts teacher at Dixon Elementary School in Chicago from 1970 to 1975. From 1975 to 1979, she worked at Victor F. Lawson School, Center for Learning Disabilities as a teacher of reading. From 1979 to 1981, she taught reading at Gillespie Elementary School, Center for Learning Disabilities. Dodd then worked as an instructional intervention teacher for the District 17 Learning Disabilities Program in Chicago from 1981 to 1985. Dodd was promoted to District 17 Supervisor, a position in which she coordinated Chapter One Programs, and supervised 42 Chapter One programs in area schools between 1985 and 1988.

In 1988, Dodd began a new career in the insurance industry when she became part owner and operator of an Allstate Insurance Company in Calumet City, Illinois. From 1990 through 1994, her agency was recognized as the Top Allstate Insurance Agency in Illinois. Dodd is a charter member of the Windy City Chapter of The Links, Inc., and is a former chapter president. Dodd also serves on the board of directors for ETA Creative Arts Foundation, Black Creativity, The HistoryMakers, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Dodd has been honored as an outstanding member of the community. The organization 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc., honored Dodd for her exemplary support of youth. In addition, Chicago Magazine recognized her as an outstanding leader in the Chicago community as part of the Marshall Field’s Project Imagine.

Dodd is married to fellow insurance agent Louis Dodd. They have three children: Robert Dodd, Kimberly Yelverton, and Courtney Dodd.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Alma Dodd's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Alma Dodd lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Alma Dodd describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Alma Dodd describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Alma Dodd talks about her mother's education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Alma Dodd describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Alma Dodd describes how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Alma Dodd lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Alma Dodd describes her likeness to her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Alma Dodd describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Alma Dodd recalls the Ida B. Wells Homes in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Alma Dodd recalls the Ida B. Wells Homes in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Alma Dodd describes her activities at the South Side YWCA
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Alma Dodd describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Alma Dodd remembers her early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Alma Dodd recalls her mentors in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Alma Dodd remembers her scholarship to Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Alma Dodd describes her experiences at Northern Illinois University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Alma Dodd describes her experiences at Northern Illinois University, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Alma Dodd remembers the March on Washington
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Alma Dodd recalls her involvement with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Alma Dodd describes the role of religion in her upbringing
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Alma Dodd remembers her first student teaching assignment
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Alma Dodd remembers her first teaching position
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Alma Dodd recalls her challenges as a teacher, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Alma Dodd recalls her challenges as a teacher, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Alma Dodd remembers Arthur Dixon Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Alma Dodd remembers earning a master's degree at Chicago State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Alma Dodd describes her work at reading clinics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Alma Dodd talks about the graduation rates at disadvantaged schools, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Alma Dodd talks about the graduation rates at disadvantaged schools, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Alma Dodd describes her role as an instructional intervention teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Alma Dodd recalls Harold Washington's mayoral campaign in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Alma Dodd recalls the corruption in the Chicago Public Schools
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Alma Dodd describes her decision to leave the teaching profession
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Alma Dodd remembers meeting her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Alma Dodd describes her decision to enter the insurance industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Alma Dodd describes Dodd's Insurance Agency
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Alma Dodd remembers a life insurance policy she sold
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Alma Dodd describes the role of life insurance in the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Alma Dodd talks about the clientele of her insurance agency
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Alma Dodd describes her role at The Links, Incorporated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Alma Dodd talks about her family's hospitality business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Alma Dodd talks about her community involvement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Alma Dodd describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Alma Dodd reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Alma Dodd reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Alma Dodd talks about her family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Alma Dodd describes how she would like to be remembered