Woman of the Year: For Citi executive Alandes Powell, helping others is a family tradition
Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio Board Chair Alandes Powell has been named one of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation's and Cincinnati Enquirer's Women of the Year! Consider donating in support of Alandes's preferred charity which is your Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio! Alandes' goal is to raise $25,000! Click HERE to donate.
Below you will find the Cincinnati Enquirer article written by reporter Mark Curnutte on October 10, 2018:
Alandes Powell says her father came from a line of roofers and farmers.
Yet when Troy J. Pearson, who was 6-feet, 4-inches tall, earned a basketball scholarship to play at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, everything changed.
"He saw what basketball could do," Powell said.
Her father graduated, served two years in the military and came home to Dayton, Ohio, where he started and ran the Dayton Mohawks Youth Basketball Program and the Triumph Church Scholarship Aid Foundation. For three decades, Pearson's personal outreach touched the lives of thousands of young people communities as diverse as Dayton's West Side and Beavercreek and Centerville.
All along, even as he worked as an officer for the Internal Revenue Service, he was watched closely by his daughter. Their home, table, and washer and dryer were open for anyone who needed them.
"It's what I grew up with," said Powell.
"It's what I knew. It's what I saw as normal."
She has modeled the behavior. Powell, 56, is chairwoman of the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio board and a board member for the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky's Brighton Center, a social service agency.
"The thing that strikes me first is that Alandes is intelligent and very strategic," said Pat Bready, Urban Leader Institute program manager. "Her support of women and people of color is known by all who know her and have been part of her corporate and community circle."
Powell mentors younger professional women. She takes the Urban League's equality mission and the YWCA's defense of women and people of color into her professional and volunteer activities – a list of organizations that includes the nonprofit Dress for Success, which provides professional clothing for low-income women entering the workforce.
The Dayton Urban League - chartered in 1947 and the Urban League of Greater
Cincinnati – chartered in 1949 were formally combined into the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio (ULGSO) in 2013. ULGSO serves people in the following areas: Cincinnati and Dayton, the northern most sections of Boone, Kenton and Campbell Counties in Kentucky, and Ohio counties of Butler, Warren, Clermont, Montgomery, Greene, Preble, Miami, Hamilton and Darke.