Hampton University Five Year MBA Major Autumn Kyles was recently elected and installed into the position of International Second Vice President of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA), Inc. The position makes Kyles the third highest-ranking officer in the sorority. She was elected July 17 at the organization's 66th Boule International Conference.
Kyles said she has always wanted to be a frontrunner in the organization. She joined AKA in 2012.
"I've always wanted to lead in Alpha Kappa Alpha but I really didn't know where. I knew I had a strong vision for our undergraduates but I didn't really consider running for International Second Vice President until my parents brought up the opportunity to lead internationally," she said. "After I attended Alpha Kappa Alpha's Leadership Fellows program and received encouragement from my friends and family, I decided that I was going to take a leap of faith and run."
While in the position, Kyles wants to help undergraduates become more involved in the organization and active on their campuses. She will hold the position for two years.
"My goal is to really get undergraduates involved at all levels of the sorority. I think it is important to have an undergraduate voice in every facet of our organization and I want to help develop that platform for undergraduates like me to truly get involved," she said. "I also want to encourage undergraduates to continue to make a bigger impact on their campuses and in their communities. We have the power to really change the atmosphere and I want to enable undergrad chapters to use their influence and creativity to make Alpha Kappa Alpha Supreme in Service to all mankind."
Graduate Advisor for the Gamma Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and HU Liberal Arts Professor Dr. Mamie Locke said she is confident Kyles' ability to fulfill her responsibilities.
"She (Kyles) chairs the Undergraduate Activities Committee and will also serve on the board of the Educational Advancement Foundation. She is now the voice for undergraduates on the board of directors. I know that she will represent Gamma Theta, Hampton University, and Alpha Kappa Alpha well."
Joining AKA, Kyles said, has been rewarding experience throughout her life.
"Alpha Kappa Alpha has been one of the greatest influences in my life for as long as I can remember. My mom is extremely active in her graduate chapter and her chapter sorors have all been mother figures in my life, helping me develop into the woman I am today," she said. "Once I joined Gamma Theta, I learned so much about myself and accomplished things that I never thought I could. Alpha Kappa Alpha has helped me develop my leadership skills, illuminated my strengths and given me a platform to strengthen my weaknesses, and gave me sisters and people who will be in my life forever."
After finishing her MBA Kyles wants to work for a Fortune 500 Company in consumer market knowledge or consumer insights.