Drum Major Award 2013 Recipient

Carol Dixon

Carol R. Dixon of San Jose, California is widely respected and revered as a Human Resources professional. She is currently Senior Director of Global Human Resources for Overland Storage, a hi-tech company located in San Jose. She is also an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University where she teaches Human Resources Information Systems. Carol is a graduate of San Jose State University and has received an HR Executive Leadership Certification from CLC.

Her professional achievements are matched by her passion for service - with a particular commitment to working with disadvantaged youth. As a 30-year member and leader in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, she has held numerous positions in her local chapter including President, Treasurer, Financial Secretary and Parliamentarian.

Through her lifelong commitment to the Sorority, she has found an outlet where she can serve youth and the overall Bay Area community. Among the initiatives that she has led or been involved in include promoting health and well-being for women around, advocating for foster care youth, aiding domestic violence survivors, and rendering help to the homeless. Her chapter - along with others in the Bay Area -- awarded over $25,000 in scholarships to high school students in 2011. Carol is zealously committed to working to helping the disadvantaged and young people.

In 2010, Alpha Kappa Alpha's international president, Carolyn House Stewart, appointed Carol to serve as Alpha Kappa Alpha's 2012 International Convention Chairman. The biennial conference held in July 2012 in San Francisco was attended by over 9,000 women from across the globe. In this role, Carol was responsible for working with 23 local chapters to assure the success of the conference and she devoted 18 months to achieve this goal. Under her leadership, the chapters showcased Alpha Kappa Alpha's stellar community service projects in the greater San Francisco Bay area.

Carol has won numerous awards for her dedication and commitment to community service and leadership involvement including the 2011 Mildred L. Robinson, President of the Year Award, and 2012 Sister That Rocks Award. Carol is a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church where she has served on the Board of Trustee and as a Sunday School Teacher. She is also a founder member of Family Bible Fellowship located in Fremont, California.

Carol is a world traveler and in her spare time Carol actively participates in the Susan G. Komen Breast Walk, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Cycle for Survival and UNCF Walkathons. She has personally raised over $10,000 and is dedicated to giving back to her community.