NAPW Inducts Adrienne Walker Hoard, Dir. of Black Studies/CEO, University of Missouri-Kansas City/Homegirl, Inc., into its 2015-16 Professional Woman of the Year Circle

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Adrienne Walker Hoard, Ed.D., M.F.A., B.S., is recognized for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

Adrienne's work is inspiring and invaluable at a time of changing demographics within the US.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Adrienne Walker Hoard, Ed.D., M.F.A., B.S., as a 2015-2016 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in higher education. NAPW is the nation's leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 700,000 members and over 200 operating Local Chapters.

"I'm pleased to welcome Adrienne into this exceptional group of professional women," said NAPW President Star Jones. "“Her work is inspiring and invaluable at a time of changing demographics within the US.”

As Director of the Black Studies Program for the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a major urban university, Dr. Hoard’s development of curricula utilizes a diverse multi-ethnic standard for graduate and undergraduate students. She has produced coursework, dialogues, strategies and in-service workshops for diversity training among private and public sector workforces in the US and South Africa.

Dr. Hoard formerly served as Head of Adult Education for the Brooklyn Museum, where she developed programming to interpret art exhibitions for adult and youth audiences. While a Professor of Black Studies and Fine Art at The Ohio State University, Dr. Hoard and her students created in Columbus, OH, a series of wall murals depicting African heritage and African American heroes.

“I specialize in creating a curriculum of coursework highlighting the African American contribution to America and global systems,” says Dr. Hoard. Her company, Homegirl, Inc., provides a commercial venue for indigenous female artists from South Africa, especially the extraordinary art of the Ndzundza Ndebele women of South Africa.

Awards & Accomplishments: Ed.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Psychology of Visual Perception; M.F.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Painting / 2-Dimensional Design / Museum Studies; B.S., Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO, Art Design / Education, Cum Laude

NAPW's mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower one another.

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