Founders

Dale Williams

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Dale Williams is the founder of Leadership for Queens, a leadership conference for Historically Black University and College (HBCU) Queens. She has independently organized and conducted the conference annually for HBCU queens and kings for more than ten years in four different cities. She has more than 20 years of experience in higher education. Currently, Dale is an academic advisor at University of Memphis as well as an instructor Bethel University (Memphis location). She is a sought after trainer and speaker that has also worked at various HBCU’s in a variety of capacities. Such positions include but are not limited to: Director of Student Activities at Winston-Salem State University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Coordinator of Student Activities at Tennessee State University and Public Relations Associate at Meharry Medical College. Over the course of her career, she has also worked as an adjunct instructor teaching English and Speech at LeMoyne-Owen College, National College of Business and Technology, Tennessee State University and Draughons Junior College. Dale’s leadership aspirations began early as she was not only queen of her high school in Memphis, Tennessee, but also Miss Tennessee State University (1992-93). Dale has judged various pageants, served as keynote and conducted numerous workshops at various universities, conferences and community events. She thoroughly enjoys helping young men and women reach their goals and realize their full potential. She believes that those who walk in such positions have the perfect opportunity to make a great impact on others. Dale, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is proud to have published in 2010 a guide and journal book for HBCU queens. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communications and Theatre and a Master’s of Arts in English from Tennessee State University.

Anthony M. Jones, Jr.

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Anthony M. Jones, Jr. is the founder and organizer for the Kings’ Konnection Leadership Conference. Currently he is the Vice President of Student Affairs at his alma mater Talladega College. He also serves as the advisor for Mr. and Miss Talladega and has recently celebrated over 20 years of planning their annual Coronation. He is the founder of Talladega’s annual Founders Day Parade and the president of the 1995 Alumni class at the college. He is also the president of the Alumni class of 1991 for Fairfield High School. As an all around event planner Anthony has traveled across the United States planning weddings for hundreds. Prior to directorship at Talladega, Anthony worked for SAKS Inc., for four years. He traveled between the Alabama and Mississippi area as a department manager planning in store events for the McRae and Parisians Division. Among his many accomplishments Anthony has been awarded many honors by peers, professionals, and service organizations. He is the 1994 recipient of the National Orator among Black College and Universities at Alabama State University. He was awarded by Talladega College the 1995 Key to the College. He has held several pageant titles and has received honors from various Greek and civic organizations including his fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi for his outstanding service and tireless efforts in helping others. An expert in floral design, he is a member of New Hope Baptist Church, Westend.

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Purpose
Kings and Queens are brought together to learn from one another as well as listen to trained professionals talk about articulation, stage presence, etiquette, confidence, and professionalism. This conference may not solve all of the issues kings or queens may have or teach all of the things necessary for their reign; but this conference will provide some helpful information that will provide a yearlong support system as well as some wonderful resources.