Susan Smith Ross

citizen | 4/26/2011, 2:35 p.m.
Susan Smith Ross

Occupation:Civic and Community Leader

Why does she stand out?

Ross has given back to her community since childhood. As an adult, much of her service has been done through Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (AKA), a 103 year old international service organization, where she is a 36 year member.

Its not unusual to see Ross volunteering at sorority events. She actively participates in her AKA chapters community expos that have provided free health screenings and school supply giveaways to residents.

On Apr. 2, Ross received the Gisele M. Casanova Leadership Award which recognizes a sorority members civic and community leadership positions outside of AKA. Ross civic roles include: 2008-2010 Windy City Chapter president of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and shes the Career Development Chair for the Black Women Lawyers Association of Chicago. Volunteers provide a myriad of resources to uplift and sustain our communities, she said.Our work is often unknown and/or unsung but that doesn't make it any less necessary, she added.