Elise Mallory is the immediate past president of the Pasadena, Altadena Eta Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Sorority. During her tenure, the Pasadena Chapter AKA's hosted the 78 Annual Regional Conference in Pasadena, with over 1000 women in 2008. The conference brought over accomplished women from the AKA sisterhood to the City of Roses for one of the organization's most successful events. The event was one of the highlights of her presidency.
Mallory came to Pasadena in 1986 from her hometown of East Saint Louis, Illinois, armed with a Bachelors degree from Indiana University in Marketing. To that, she added a MBA (Masters in Business Administration) from Pepperdine University to further hone her marketing genius. As an executive at AT&T, where her talents have not gone unnoticed, she was recently promoted to the level of Director of Business Development for the Wireless Service (WIFI) Division. The skills she learned working with her father's construction business and watching her mother who was a teacher have served her well. When asked what were her career goals she said she has always wanted to be in sales. Her career choices have been a testimony to her sales and marketing career, first at the Broadway stores, and then on to the telephone company.
Her work and list of achievements with AKA has been history making. Under her leadership AKA's obtained 501(c)3 status and established The ELO Foundation Scholarship Fund, worked with entities such as the City of Pasadena on the Small Business Series, Pasadena High School on the Scholarship Workshop, AIDS Service Center, Jackie Robinson Community Center, D'Veal Family and Youth Services, the Office of Congressman Adam Schiff, the Office of Senator Carol Liu, and the Office of Assemblyman Anthony Portantino on the Health Resource Fair, held annually in Pasadena.
Her motto about who the AKA is, she says, "Sisters with a focus on making a difference in our community, politically through voter registration, health-wise working with those helping to defeat diabetes and breast cancer, and educationally through raising money for scholarships and mentoring young people." She is excited about the new leadership of AKA under the new President, Rebecca Dear Watkins, and is looking forward to the new direction of AKA as they continue to serve the community in new ways.