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Tyson and Alpha Kappa Alpha Provide Leadership Training for Undergraduate Students


Springdale, Arkansas .– Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., (AKA) America’s first Black women’s Greek-letter organization, are once again partnering to provide leadership training for some of America’s best and brightest minority female college students.

This week Tyson is hosting 19 undergraduate AKA members from various U.S. colleges and universities as part of the organization’s 2008 Leadership Fellows Program sponsored by Tyson. In addition to presentations by Tyson executives, the program includes training in such areas as communications, conflict resolution, team-building and problem-solving. Students are also required to develop and present a case study on various business related scenarios.

Cathy Clark-Johnson, Vice President of Employment Compliance for Tyson Foods and a member of AKA, has been instrumental in facilitating the partnership, which began in 2001.

“We’re grateful once again to collaborate with Tyson to provide wisdom, experiential learning environments, demonstrative skills and experience that will help the students develop their careers,” said AKA International President Barbara A. McKinzie. “It’s been an excellent opportunity for them to witness what it takes for a major corporation to operate successfully and responsibly.”

Founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-trained women and will celebrate its centennial anniversary in Washington, D.C., July 11-18, 2008. Headquartered in Chicago, it is one of the world’s leading service organizations. The Sorority serves all mankind through a nucleus of more than 200,000 women in over 975 chapters in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Germany, Korea, Japan and Africa.


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