As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, the Beta Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is excited to highlight its members who are making ‘HERstory.’

Deidre Trigg
Deidre Trigg

Meet Deidre Trigg

This month’s “Pearl of Purpose” is Deidre Trigg, a graduate of Virginia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a Master of Education in Vocational and Technical Education. She is currently a CCRI for the Federal Employee Program with Anthem. Deidre was initiated into Delta Omega, the first and oldest AKA graduate chapter, in August of 1999. Delta Omega celebrated 100 years of sisterhood and service this year. She currently serves as one of Beta Chi Omega’s graduate advisors, supporting the Theta Chi Chapter at Radford University. Deidre is the founder of ELLE Academy, which works to empower and uplift African American girls, and has been honored for her work and impact by UBU, Roanoke’s Urban Professional League and the NAACP Impactors of Excellence Award in 2019.

How has being an Alpha Kappa Alpha woman impacted your life?

“I am not sure being an Alpha Kappa Alpha woman has impacted my life in a way to groom me, however I will say it plays a conscious role in my life. I no longer represent just myself as I wear the letters of AKA. I must be mindful of rules and regulations of how the sorority is governed. It is not about me as an individual, it is about all that I represent. I was raised to become a woman of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I come from a legacy of golden sorors that impacted my life to be the woman I am.”

What drives you in your professional and personal life?

“Professionally, I have always been driven due to my competitiveness. Losing is not an option to me, so if I must put in extra time to get something right, I will. I have always had a respect for hierarchy and what it takes to make it. The understanding that adjustments may have to happen, and change is always inevitable, I remain humble and recognize when it is time to be flexible to my surroundings. Keeping pictures up around me of both my boys reminds me to continue my drive to be the best me.”

Share a piece of advice or motto you live by.

“Be someone that will inspire young ladies in the world. Make sure your surroundings inspire you to rise higher. Never surround yourself with others that have no inspiration or goals. The sky is the limit, each goal you reach in life make new ones, go higher and as you get to where you want to be, do not forget to make it fabulous and extraordinary!”