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Barbara McKinzie

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Aruba
Favorite Quote:
Make Excellence A Habit.

Birthplace

Born:
1/2/1954
Birth Location:
Ada, Oklahoma

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Association Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Aruba
Favorite Quote:
Make Excellence A Habit.

Birthplace

Born:
1/2/1954
Birth Location:
Ada
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Biography

The 27th International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Sorority, Inc. (2006 - ) Barbara Anne McKinzie was born on January 2, 1954 in Ada, Oklahoma to Leonard T. and Johnnie M. Moses Watson. Under McKinzie’s leadership the AKA Sorority Annual Boulé’s revenues have increased and video telecasting was instituted to accommodate conference seating in multiple areas. In addition, the Sorority’s operational and delivery systems were updated and upgraded.

McKinzie attended East Central University where she was initiated into the Eta Pi Chapter of the AKA Sorority in 1973. After receiving her B.S. degree in 1976, McKinzie went on to earn her M.A. degree from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management in 1997. In 1978, McKinzie became the Financial Advisor for AKA Sorority National President Barbara K. Phillips and served again in this capacity in 1982 under the leadership of Ms. Faye B. Bryant. She went on to become the Fourth Executive Director of the AKA Sorority in 1985. During that year, McKinzie also assumed the position of Second Secretary for the Sorority’s Educational Advancement Foundation where she increased the Sorority’s annual cash flow by more than $1 million. Afterwards, in 1998, McKinzie was elected as the Sorority’s International Treasurer. She also chaired the Finance and Strategic Planning Committee. Under her leadership, the Committee issued a host of recommendations that will strengthen the AKA Sorority for decades to come.

In 2000, McKinzie ran unopposed for another two-year term as International Treasurer. That following year, she was recognized for her achievements and was named the 2001 Woman of the Year by the American Biographical Institute. The New York Network Journal later named McKinzie one of the Top 25 Outstanding Business Women of 2002. That same year, she was elected First Vice President of the AKA Sorority thereby positioning her to be International President. In 2006, during the Sorority’s convention in Detroit, she ascended to AKA’s top leadership position.

McKinzie augments her commitment to AKA Sorority, Inc. by serving other organizations whose missions parallel her passion. She became a member of the Board of Directors of Africare in 2005. Its programs primarily address health and HIV/AIDS and agricultural needs. McKinzie has also served as Comptroller for the Chicago Housing Authority.

As International President of AKA Sorority, McKinzie adopted as her signature program theme "Extraordinary Service Program", ESP, which is an acronym for Economics, Service (Sisterhood) and Partnerships. This program is achieved through five platforms focused on entrepreneurship: economic keys to success, economic strength of the black family, economics in technology (the first Undergraduate Signature Program), health resource management and economics, resulting in program funding exceeding $3 million and two million hours of service in 2007.

She has received numerous honors in recognition of her leadership commitment and documented results. In 2006, at Stillman College’s 130th Founder’s Day Convocation, McKinzie received her doctor of humane letters from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

McKinzie has served as comptroller for the Chicago Housing Authority and Deputy Director of Finance and Administration for Chicago’s Neighborhood Housing Services. She is currently President of BMC Consulting, a firm that specializes in developing financial strategies for corporations and non-profit entities.

McKinzie was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 20, 2008 as part of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Centennial Boulé 2008 celebration. Segments of these interviews were used in a DVD entitled A.K.A. Sorority: A Legacy of Supreme Service.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Barbara McKinzie's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Barbara McKinzie lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Barbara McKinzie recalls her ascension to supreme basileus of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Barbara McKinzie describes her vision for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Barbara McKinzie talks about the Extraordinary Service Program
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Barbara McKinzie reflects upon her leadership style at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Barbara McKinzie reflects upon her role as supreme basileus of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Barbara McKinzie describes her achievements as supreme basileus of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Barbara McKinzie reflects upon her legacy in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Barbara McKinzie describes how she would like to be remembered in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Barbara McKinzie talks about the history of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Barbara McKinzie talks about the future of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Barbara McKinzie describes her idea of perfect sisterhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Barbara McKinzie describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Barbara McKinzie talks about her mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Barbara McKinzie describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Barbara McKinzie talks about how her parents met
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Barbara McKinzie describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Barbara McKinzie remembers her neighborhood in Ada, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Barbara McKinzie describes her childhood activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Barbara McKinzie recalls her early school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Barbara McKinzie talks about her Catholic faith
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Barbara McKinzie remembers race relations in Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Barbara McKinzie recalls playing basketball at Byng High School in Ada, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Barbara McKinzie describes her early interest in history
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Barbara McKinzie describes her academic experiences at Byng High School in Ada, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Barbara McKinzie recalls briefly attending Stanford University in Stanford, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Barbara McKinzie describes her experiences at East Central Oklahoma State University in Ada, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Barbara McKinzie remembers her graduate education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Barbara McKinzie describes her early work experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Barbara McKinzie recalls her role in the construction of the AKA headquarters in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Barbara McKinzie describes her work as the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's financial advisor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Barbara McKinzie recalls her experiences in majority-white accounting firms
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Barbara McKinzie remembers an experience of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Barbara McKinzie describes her accounting career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Barbara McKinzie recalls working for Whitman Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Barbara McKinzie remembers the Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Barbara McKinzie recalls working for the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority and Salomon Smith Barney
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Barbara McKinzie describes her role as the CFO of the Hollywood Casino Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Barbara McKinzie talks about her work with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Barbara McKinzie recalls working for the Chicago Housing Authority
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Barbara McKinzie describes the global membership of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Barbara McKinzie talks about her duties as supreme basileus of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Barbara McKinzie reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Barbara McKinzie describes her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Barbara McKinzie reflects upon her family and legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Barbara McKinzie describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Barbara McKinzie narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Barbara McKinzie narrates her photographs, pt. 2