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Divine Nine Member Spotlight | Dr. Shadé Y. Adu | Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

By Dr. Sharon H. Porter | November 1, 2023 | 6:00 AM ET

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From Alpha to Omega, we're shining a spotlight on the trailblazers, scholars, leaders, and community advocates who make up the Divine Nine. Get ready to dive into the history, achievements, and empowering stories of the members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations that continue to shape our society.

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Who or what inspired you to become a member of Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc.?

My mentor Andrea C. McElroy. She was a councilwoman in my city and she mentored me until her passing last year. My eighth grade teacher Naima Cook now Dr. Naima Waddy. She was so beautiful and amazing and I wanted to be just like her. She suggested that we go to the Sigma Rhoer Club interest meeting and the rest was history. These Sigma women made a lasting impact on my life.


When it comes to helping ambitious women entrepreneurs tap into their full potential and monetize their brilliance, no one does it better than Dr. Shadé Y. Adu. A renowned digital brand strategist, award-winning coach, international speaker, bestselling author, and founder of Savvy Solutions Consulting LLC, Dr. Adu has taught thousands of women around the world how to build powerful, profitable brands and online courses.

Through her results-driving signature branding process, Dr. Adu has enabled women to generate unprecedented income, increase their visibility, enhance their credibility, and have a more significant impact on the lives of those who need them most.

Her wisdom and unique approach to achieving business success have been featured in several top publications, including Business Insider, HuffPost, Black Enterprise, and Yahoo Finance. While garnering recognition as a powerhouse in building memorable brands, Dr. Adu is committed to continuing to expand her knowledge and platform to serve as many women as possible. She’s doing just that with achievements including earning a doctoral degree, creating a multiple-six-figure business, and cultivating a global client community that serves women entrepreneurs in every corner of the world – Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and South America.

Dr. Adu brings an infectious spirit of inspiration and perseverance to every room she enters. A dynamic, compelling speaker, Dr. Adu has facilitated workshops on branding and other vital, success-driving business topics in Kazakhstan and Ghana and numerous U.S. universities, high schools, and other institutions.

About Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was organized on November 12, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana, by seven young educators: Mary Lou Allison Gardner Little, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Vivian Irene White Marbury, Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson, Hattie Mae Annette Dulin Redford, Bessie Mae Downey Rhoades Martin, and Cubena McClure. The group became an incorporated national collegiate sorority on December 30, 1929, when a charter was granted to the Alpha chapter at Butler University. Since its inception, the dynamic women of Sigma Gamma Rho have built and sustained a well-known and well-respected reputation for leading positive change to help uplift the community through sisterhood, leadership, and service.

About the Divine Nine

The Divine Nine, formally known as, the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) is a collaborative umbrella council composed of nine historically African American fraternities and sororities, and also referred to as Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLOs). The NPHC was formed as a permanent organization on May 10, 1930, on the campus of Howard University, in Washington, D.C., with Matthew W. Bullock as the active Chairman and B. Beatrix Scott as Vice-Chairman. NPHC was incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois in 1937.

The council promotes interaction through forums, meetings, and other media for the exchange of information and engages in cooperative programming and initiatives through various activities and functions.

Each constituent member organization determines its own strategic direction and program agenda. Today, the primary purpose and focus of member organizations remains camaraderie and academic excellence for its members and service to the communities they serve. Each promotes community awareness and action through educational, economic, and cultural service activities.


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