ALBION, Mich. — Noel Niles, '10, a member of Albion's Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority chapter, was on of 30 AKAs internationally selected to participate in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc./General Electric, Inc. 2008 Leadership Fellows Program.
"I was ecstatic. It's a really high honor," said Niles of the award. "Only 30 women are chosen internationally to participate. It's a huge opportunity to spend the week with GE and meet with their board of directors."
The one-week all-expenses-paid program features intensive corporate development training conducted by senior level directors and managers, along with cultural activities and opportunities to form long-lasting mentor relationships.
"It's a great way to learn about the world of business and expand AKA's platform that members should promote economic growth and sustainability within their home communities," said Niles, explaining why she applied for the program. "Those things are important to Albion, and I love it here. I also want to be a better leader in AKA and the business world; that's my overarching focus."
Niles further explained that AKA's interest in business development also led her to join the sorority, which celebrates its centennial this summer. "AKA is a lifelong commitment; I've met women who have been active members for 75 years," explained Niles. "They were involved in suffrage and civil rights and they're continuing to be involved in those types of issues today in society. That's why I joined."
Niles will be a junior next fall, majoring in economics and management with concentrations in the Ford Institute for Public Policy and Service and the Gerstacker Liberal Arts Institute in Professional Management. She is the daughter of Leon and Gail Niles of Troy and a graduate of Troy High School.