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2020 Jan. Mag

2020 Jan. Mag




Valerie Hollingsworth-Baker was born in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from York Institute as Class Valedictorian at 14 years old and enrolled at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree (majoring in Child Psychology with a minor in theater and drama) and graduated at 18.

Now enjoying early retirement, Valerie began her career in 1989 at New York Life Insurance Company in NY City where she worked in various senior level positions, including Project Manager, Director of the Inforce Systems Division, and Chief Administrator.

Valerie became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated in 1982 and has remained a member of Delta Mu Zeta chapter since her induction. She currently serves the sorority as its 25th International President and is a Diamond Life Member.

She has received numerous awards from her sorority and has also been recognized in the International “Who’s Who of Information and Technology” and “Outstanding Women of America” publications.

Valerie is a member of St. Augustine’s Church in Brooklyn. She serves as the VP of Hancock T & T Block Association and is a member of the NAACP. For more than 25 years, Valerie volunteered with the March of Dimes, United Way, Red Cross, UNCF, and New York Cares. She believes that things may not happen when you want them to happen, but God provides when the time is right! Valerie resides in NY with her husband, Mr. Douglas Baker.


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Sandy Chambers-Collins

Congratulations Madam International Centennial Grand Basileus! We are so excited to celebrate our Centennial with you in Washington DC. May God continue to strengthen and bless you and our Sisterhood as we soar on the wings of doves in 2020 and continue to blaZe FINER trails beyond 2020. We endeavored to be One Zeta…Unified…MobiliZed…ZetariZed! 🕊💙

Shannon Parker

Thank you for featuring our Amazing Madame Grand! She is truly leading our sisterhood into Centennial & beyond! I am excited to see the Centennial collection you have designed for us! I love all my pieces from you including my Centennial Finer Collection pieces. Continued Blessings to you in this new year & decade!

Jylla Moore Tearte

Thanks Deborah and Cerese for featuring our International Centennial President on your cover. We appreciate your partnership in designing and producing our “Centennial Finer Collection”. Partnering with you has been a pleasure. Continued success in your business endeavors… and THANKS to Odyssey Media for connecting us 💙


Beautiful cover featuring Zeta’s Madame Grand.Congratulations to our Zeta sisters as you celebrate your 100th. Best wishes!
Artis Hampshire-Cowan, Esq.
Legal Advisor
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

LeNora Hawkins

Congratulations, Madam Grand! Thank you Cerese D, my absolute FAVORITE go-to jewelry designer for all things Zeta, for featuring our leader! #ZPB2020

Michele Dillon

Congratulations to Madam Grand Valerie Hollingsworth-Baker. I love this article. She is so awesome. I love my Madam Grand.
Soror Michele Dillon
Tau Epsilon Zeta Chapter of Hope Mills, NC.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

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