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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Re-Elects Deborah Catchings-Smith to Second Term as International President

Deborah Catchings-Smith

Deborah Catchings-Smith

Cary, NC — Based on her campaign platform to remain focused with 20/20 vision, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.’s grand chapter of delegates re-elected Deborah Catchings-Smith to a second two-year term as international president during the organization’s national convention (boule) in Dallas earlier this month. Catchings-Smith was installed along with seven national officers, including First Vice President Rasheeda Liberty, who was also re-elected to a second term.

During her campaign, she outlined how the key areas of collaboration, fact-based decision making, effective processes, security and safeguards, and accountability helped her remain laser-focused on the goals outlined in the strategic plan and achieve significant results for the organization.

“I am grateful for the overwhelming support members, affiliates and our partners have shown me over the years,” Catchings-Smith explains. “It is a true privilege and indeed an honor to serve another term as the 24th international president. We are gaining momentum and will continue to be intentional, impactful and measurable in all that we do.”

Catchings-Smith has been active in the sorority since her college years at Illinois State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in finance. Her leadership roles within the sorority spans 36 years and includes local, regional and national elected positions. She was born in Jackson, Miss., raised in Chicago. and resides in St. Louis with her husband of 30 years, Robert Smith.

She has more than 29 years of experience in the financial industry and is currently vice president, operational risk management governance at Citibank. In this role, she has led countless risk assessment teams that were charged with identifying risks, creating risk management programs, and designing and implementing timely policies and procedures. She is also a seasoned and certified financial literacy instructor who teaches a financial literacy curriculum to youth and adults.

About Sigma Gamma Rho
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., an international collegiate and non-profit community service organization, was founded in 1922 on the Butler University campus in Indianapolis, Indiana. It has welcomed more than 90,000 members who have joined the organization as undergraduates and professionals. Official affiliate groups include Rhoer Club (young girls) and Philos (friends of the sorority). The sorority has more than 500 chapters in the United States, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Germany, South Korea and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is the mission of the sorority to enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the U.S. and globally through community service. Programs, initiatives, and partnerships are devoted to progress in the areas of education, healthcare, political action, and leadership development. It is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, and is a member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council’s “Divine Nine.” For more information, visit www.sgrho1922.org.


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