Hampton University’s 2013 Alumnus of the Year Award awarded to national president of The Links, Incorporated

Margot James Copeland Recognized for Contributions to HBCU

Margot James Copeland, National President of The Links, Incorporated, receiving Hampton University’s 2013 Alumnus of the Year award


Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — The Links, Incorporated and The Links Foundation, Incorporated’s national president, Margot James Copeland, was named Hampton University’s 2013 Alumnus of the Year. This award is given annually to an alumnus for career accomplishments and outstanding contributions to Hampton University. The honor was bestowed upon Copeland during the university’s 143rd annual commencement exercises held May 12, 2013 in Hampton, Va.

“Margot is most deserving of this award as she understands the important role historically black colleges and universities play in building leaders of tomorrow,” said Eris Sims, executive director of The Links, Incorporated and The Links Foundation, Incorporated. “She is a champion for programs and initiatives that strive to eliminate the academic achievement gap for students of color. It was under her leadership that the organization established its National HBCU Initiative in an effort to increase the retention and graduation rates of students attending college by the year 2020.”

Copeland’s passion for higher education is also demonstrated through her volunteer efforts. She is a member of the Business School Advisory board at Hampton University and a trustee at Kent State University. She also serves as a mentor/protégé program advisor for Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga.

Copeland serves as executive vice president – director, Corporate Diversity & Philanthropy and an Executive Council member at KeyCorp. Since 2001, at which time Copeland served as chief diversity officer, KeyBank has been ranked as a Top 50 Company for Diversity for five years by DiversityInc. Copeland is a career human resources professional championing for environments where people can realize their full potential.

Among Copeland’s many distinguished awards and honors are: being named one of the “2012 Top Influential Women in Corporate America” by Savoy magazine; recognized by Diversity First as one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in Ohio – 2012; being named one of the “Top Executives in Diversity” by BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine; bestowed Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.’s Community Service Award.; and bestowed the Coalition of 100 Black Women’s Community Service Award.


The Links, Incorporated celebrates more than 65 years as a women’s volunteer service organization committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African-Americans and other persons of African-American ancestry. A premier international service organization with more than 12,000 members in 276 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, its legacy of friends providing service that changes lives, established by the original circle of nine friends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1946, is alive and well.

The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders. The Links, Incorporated has attracted many distinguished women who are individual achievers and have made a difference in their communities and the world. They are business and civic leaders, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work towards a common vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals for partnership.

With over 2 million service hours recorded in the past three years, members regularly contribute more than 500,000 documented service hours in their respective communities annually. For more information, visit www.linksinc.org.