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Malaika Clements Billups, C'2002 is a sixth year associate attorney at the Los Angeles office of Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP where she is a member of the Labor and Employment Law, Litigation, and Public Law practice groups. Billups' legal experience includes extensive law and motion practice, all aspects of discovery, advising on various employment matters, and conducting workplace investigations.

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Gloria Elder, C'1971 is the Deputy Director of Training, Co-developer and Project Director of the Pre-School Stress Relief Project, and author of the ParentWise Parenting Program at the Wholistic Stress Control Institute, Inc. where she has worked for 25 years. Elder has extensive experience and expertise in early childhood education and administration, health and wellness programs and prevention education, with a particular focus on curriculum development and implementation and program replication.


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Tendayi Kuumba, C' 2010, was recently cited in a New York Times review for her performance as a featured dancer in "Being Here," a dance work choreographed by Marjani Forte (formerly with the Urban Bush Women) that premiered at Danspace in New York City March 21-23, 2013. "Lover of life and the pulse that drives it, Kuumba is an innovator, performer, dancer, singer, entertainer of the soul born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Buffalo, N.Y., and Atlanta, Ga.," says A. Nia Austin- Edwards, dancer, choreographer, instructor, and poet for a range of companies in Atlanta and Brooklyn. 

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The founder and creative force behind SUKARI luxury handbags and accessories is alumna Alicia Ferriabough Taylor. Taylor has had a thing for handbags since she was a
little girl; however, her career goals initially moved her in a different direction. The Boston native graduated with a B.A. in political science from Spelman in 1996, and then went on to earn her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law with a  concentration in entertainment law. During summer breaks, Taylor switched from legal appeals to high heels, and indulged her passion for fashion as a successful commercial model in New York City.

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Kristilyn Whigham, C'2007 was a spring intern in the White House in 2009 and worked in the communications office of first lady Michelle Obama. She received her master's in  journalism from Georgetown University, building on her degree in political science from Spelman and her experience as the former editor-in-chief of the Spotlight.  She currently works as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton's Strategy and Organization with a focus on strategic communications.

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