75th Anniversary Agenda

November 4 – 9, 2021

*all times are in eastern
Thursday, November 4

75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Marketplace Live

Looking for some new Links branded apparel and accessories? Interested in supporting Black businesses? Want to get a jump on your holiday shopping? Visit the 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Marketplace for a virtual shopping experience like no otheropen for the duration of the celebration. An array of vendors will be just a click away and ready to connect with you. No lines. No crowds. Just shopping on your own terms from the comfort of your own home.

10:00 am – 10:25 am

Leadership Summit Opening

10:40 am - 11:15 am

Creating a Leadership Legacy Every Day with Stacey Abrams

11:15 am - 11:40 am

Linksversation with Stacey Abrams

11:40 am - 11:45 am

Closing Summary

11:45 am - 12:30 pm


12:30 am - 1:30 pm

Leadership Breakout Sessions

Leveraging a Legacy of Resiliency

Leveraging a Legacy for the New Generation of Links

Leveraging Executive Presence – Developing and Sustaining a Positive Personal Image

Leveraging Your Skills as a Mentor or Coach

Chapter Legacy: Leveraging Lasting Impact in Your Communities

Ensuring a Legacy of Positivity and Productivity

Leveraging the Legacy of Holistic Health

Leveraging a Legacy-Driven Leadership Mindset

Leveraging a Legacy of Giving

Leveraging a Legacy of Faith

Leveraging Leadership - The Components of Leadership that Last

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm


1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Leadership Breakout Sessions (same as above)

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Closing General Session ~ The Legacy Keepers

6:00 pm

75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Grand Soirée

You are cordially invited to the 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Grand Soirée. During this evening of sisterhood, we will raise a virtual glass to our beloved co-founders Margaret Rosell Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott, and thank them for the precious legacy they bestowed upon us. We will honor our past, rejoice in our present, and shape our future the best way we know how, through friendship.

Every detail of this grand soirée is being planned with you in mind and should not be missed.

Friday, November 5
10:00 am – 10:45 am

How It Started ~ I Was in the Room When it Happened

In less than four years, The Links, Incorporated went from two women with a vision to a national organization in 10 states with 14 chapters comprised of 161 members. The early members of The Links, Incorporated moved earnestly and swiftly to address the needs of their communities. They dedicated hours upon hours to meeting and planning in order to solidify the organization’s place in history. Have you ever wondered what was discussed? Have you ever wished you were in the room when it happened? During this session, Heir-o-Links who had this priceless opportunity will share what it was like to have a front row seat to history in the making.

10:55 am – 11:40 am

From Nine to Now

What started in Philadelphia with nine friends around a kitchen table has transformed into an international organization with more than 16,000 dynamic members. Co-founders Margaret Rosell Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott, and the seven chartering members, knew 75 years ago that achieving transformational change required the continual expansion of our chain of friendship. This session will chronicle the growth of The Links, Incorporated’s membership through the years and reflect on how this growth has impacted our legacy of friendship and service.

11:50 am – 12:35 pm

It Started in the East ~ Linking Friendship From Area to Area

From the Eastern Area where Linkdom was founded, to the Southern Area where our friendship chain first expanded, to the Central Area affectionately dubbed as the heart of Linkdom, to the Western Area that made us whole, each area is a vital chapter in our storied history. Their history is our collective history. While the sun may rise in the East and set in the West, our four areas forever shine bright. During this session we will bask in their light and all that they have achieved.

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm

Programing, The Heart of Linkdom

For 75 years, The Links, Incorporated’s signature brand of service has transformed communities around the world. Today, Links commit more than 1 million hours serving their communities each year. The depth and breadth of our impact is a result of continual learning and the refinement of our approach to serving others.

Join us for an insightful conversation on the evolution of programming. Link sisters who have served at the helm of Programs on the national level will reflect on the impact of our service through the years.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm


2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

Leveraging the Legacy for Impactful Service

Since its founding, The Links Foundation, Incorporated has contributed more than $25 million to charitable causes, including five $1 million grants of scale. Through the Legacy Grant Program, as it is called today, the grants of scale support projects or institutions that are of regional, national, international significance. Representatives on behalf of each of our five grant recipients — United Negro College Fund, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the National Civil Rights Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital — will join us for an impactful conversation. Each will share how their Legacy Grant has shaped their work and contributed to the expansion of their legacy.

2:55 pm – 3:40 pm

Service to Others ~ The Rent They Have Paid

The Links, Incorporated Co-Founders Awards were established to recognize people who have rendered outstanding service in the areas represented by our five programming facets. Bestowed in honor of our co-founders, Margaret Rosell Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott, recipients are widely recognized nationally or internationally for the service they have rendered. Through their actions they have brought positive recognition to African Americans and of other people of African descent. Join us for a panel discussion with past awardees as they share how they have expanded their legacy of service since receiving their award.

3:50 pm – 4:35 pm

Sometimes I Cry Monologues – Real Women, Real Stories about HIV/AIDS

“Sometimes I Cry Monologues” is a one-woman show, written and conceived by award winning actress and honored AIDS activist Sheryl Lee Ralph. This moving and provocative show was inspired by the real-life stories of women infected and affected by HIV/ AIDS. Ralph becomes each one of these characters, breathing life into them and their stories with every move and simple gesture. This performance by Sheryl Lee Ralph, albeit presented through entertainment, shines light on a serious health issue that disproportionately affects communities of color, especially women. Additionally, the work aligns itself with The Links, Incorporated’s commitment to community service, strengthening their communities, and enhancing the nation. Ralph has worked with The Links on a national, area, and chapter level, leading to her selection as the 2008 National Trends and Services Co-Founders Award recipient.

9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Dance Party with DJ Jazzy Jeff

It may not be summertime, but you can still bask in the tunes of Philadelphia’s very own DJ Jazzy Jeff! Connect with us for a virtual dance party in celebration of our 75th anniversary.

Saturday, November 6
10:00 am

75th Anniversary Walk for Healthy Living

To ensure that we’re healthy and primed for our next 75 years, we’re hosting a virtual Walk for Healthy Living Walk during our 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee. We’ve crossed the finish line of the 75 Million Step Challenge, exceeding our goal by collectively walking more than 1 billion steps. It’s time to celebrate this noteworthy accomplishment and really put our pedometers to the test. The 75th Anniversary Walk for Healthy Living Walk will serve as the virtual track for the launch of our new 75 Billion Step Challenge – walking 75 billion steps by our 43rd National Assembly in June 2022.

Join us for the 75th Anniversary Walk for Healthy Living Walk as we continue to promote the importance of regular physical activity and good health. Put on your Walk for Healthy Living apparel, rock your favorite sneakers, and encourage everyone to #WalkforHealthyLiving!

12:30 pm

National Headquarters Rededication Ceremony

On November 16, 1985, under the leadership of the 8th National President Dolly Desselle Adams, the permanent home of Linkdom officially opened its doors. Through the years, the national headquarters has fulfilled its purpose of being a place of interconnectivity, welcoming members and guests from around the world, and keeping the membership connected through the power of technology. To prepare us for our next 75 years, we will rededicate our home.

1:30 pm

National Headquarters Then and Now

The story of the national headquarters begins long before the purchase of 1200 Massachusetts Ave in 1984. From records being housed in parlors, dressing rooms, and bedrooms, to a historic building in our nation’s capital, the national headquarters boasts of a long and rich history unto itself. Links leaders who know “the building” best will take us on a journey through its evolution. After the session embark on a virtual tour of the national headquarters and feel like you have been transported to the home o Linkdom.

7:00 pm

75th Anniversary Jubilee Gala and Concert

Members are cordially invited to attend the 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Gala and Concert. This event will set the stage for the 2021 presentation of The Links Medal, which will be presented to the Congressional Black Caucus. The Links Medal is bestowed upon an organization or institution that has made a significant and positive impact in the lives and culture of African Americans, consistent with the vision, mission, and goals of The Links, Incorporated.

Since its establishment in 1971, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has been committed to using the full constitutional power, statutory authority, and financial resources of the federal government to ensure that African Americans and other marginalized communities in the United States have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream. As part of this commitment, the CBC has fought for the past 50 years to empower these citizens and address their legislative concerns by pursuing a policy agenda.

Previous recipients of The Links Medal include EBONY Magazine, the National Urban League, the NAACP, and the Executive Leadership Council.

The evening will culminate with a special performance by GRAMMY Award-winning artist Patti LaBelle.

Sunday, November 7
10:00 am

Sunday Service

Join us for a virtual Sunday Service at the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas in Philadelphia. As the first Black Episcopal Church in the United States, this historical church plays an especially significant role in the story of The Links, Incorporated as it initially served as our co-founders’ place of worship. Throughout the years, members of the Philadelphia (PA) Chapter have continued the tradition of attending service at this prestigious institution and still do so today. Commune with your Link sisters and reflect on the lives of our ancestors.

9:00 pm

Linked in Prayer Call

The Linked in Prayer call will bring us together as we pray for the health of our members, our families, our communities, and our country during this tenuous time.

Monday, November 8
8:00 pm

Community Service Webinar with March of Dimes and the Philadelphia (PA) Chapter

Tuesday, November 9

National Day of Friendship and Service

On Your Own

75th Anniversary Community Service Project

The community service project provides a way for The Links, Incorporated to tangibly demonstrate the organization’s commitment to its signature brand of service and leave local communities with something of value. This outreach, the hallmark and cornerstone of our volunteer service organization, is intended to provide direct, deliverable, and sustainable solutions to community inequities. While it is a time-honored tradition of the National Assembly, the grander and import of our 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee makes it a befitting addition to the event’s programming.

Led by our honorary chair, the Philadelphia (PA) Chapter and in partnership with March of Dimes, the 75th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee community service project will raise awareness about Black maternal health issues as well as touch the lives of countless Black mothers and babies in need. To prepare us for our day of action and impact, a special webinar will be hosted with the Philadelphia (PA) Chapter and March of Dimes executives and experts on Monday, November 8, 2021. Our guests will deliver our charge, review how to engage elected officials, and present opportunities to support local organizations working directly with mothers. Webinar registration information is forthcoming and will be emailed to all members.

Please join us in the fight for the health of all moms and babies.

8:00 pm

How I Led — A Linksversation with Our Past National Presidents

Over our 75-year history, 17 trailblazing women have served at the helm of The Links, Incorporated. During this conversation, our past national presidents will share their valued insight, personal stories on friendship and service, and how they upheld the legacy our co-founders set course to in 1946 during their respective administrations.

In Memoriam

Join us for a special tribute to commemorate the lives, legacy, and contributions of our dearly departed co-founders — Margaret Rosell Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott — and 3rd National President Pauline Weeden Maloney, 4th National President Vivian J. Beamon, 5th National President Helen Gray Edmonds, 7th National President Julia Brogdon Purnell, 10th National President Marion Elizabeth Schultz Sutherland, and 12th National President Barbara Dixon Simpkins. Each past national president will be honored with a wreath-laying in each of their cities by their respective chapters.

Founders’ Day Ceremony

Founders’ Day will honor two visionary women — Margaret Rosell Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott — and uplift the tenets we hold dear. We will come together to recommit ourselves "... to all the ideals, purposes, and true meaning of the word 'friendship' as embodied in the name 'LINKS.'"

Join us for this special event as we reflect on our journey of 75 Years of Shaping Our Future.