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Featured Alumni Profile (September 2015)
Alumna of the Month, Ms. Malika S. Williams
Our alumna for the month of September is Malika S. Williams, a member of the class of 1992. Although a native of northern California, she is a prodigy from the South whose background is deeply rooted in the fashion and communication industries. While at Lane College, she held the title of Miss Black and Gold in 1989, for both the national and state levels. She also wore the highest crown at the college, serving as Miss Lane College in 1990-91. Malika has competed successfully in many pageants, most notably the Miss Tennessee Pageant 1990, in which she was one of two minorities representing the state of Tennessee.
After Lane College, she received her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
As the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Excuse Me, Please Company, an etiquette consulting firm, Ms. Williams has traveled across the country teaching youth groups and adults the art of etiquette. "A lady at all times", is Malika’s motto and her desire is to teach the youth of tomorrow to embrace the world of etiquette.
In addition to her work with Excuse Me, Please Company, Ms. Williams also holds a position with the number one tire manufacturer Bridgestone Americas Tire Corporation, in Nashville, TN as a Total Rewards/Talent Acquisition Coordinator in the Human Resources department. In that capacity she is responsible for the benefit needs and assessments that determine what types of benefits should be provided to the employees and executives.
Prior to her work with Excuse Me, Please Company and Bridgestone Americas Tire Corporation, Ms. Williams held positions as Production and Promotion Assistant for television and radio stations, Property Claim Adjuster for State Farm Insurance Company and Visual Merchandiser for both Nautica Enterprises, Inc., and Levi Strauss & Company and Human Resources Coordinator for the prestigious Saks Fifth Avenue executive office in New York, New York.
When I asked her of her fondest memories of Lane, she replied the dances in "Club Sub", the priceless friendships created and meeting my Lane Man, my angel Danny Terrell Williams a member of the Class of 1990.
She currently lives in Nashville, TN where she is active in her community, church, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Recently, Ms. Williams became a member of the President's Circle in her giving. She has created the Danny "Dannyboy" Terrell Williams Scholarship as well as purchased home uniforms for the Men's Dragon Basketball Team that will bear her late husband's and Lane standout Danny Williams initial on it. Not only has she contributed to the college financially, she has also taken the time to speak to our 2015-16 Men's Basketball Team about representing academics and athletics. Ms. Williams ended her visit to Lane College by having a one on one session with reigning Miss Lane College Lyric Parks about the importance of the campus queen. We thought it would be befitting to have such a wonderful Lane Lady as our alumna of the month! Please continue to keep Ms. Williams in your daily prayers as she continues to honor her Lane Man, Mr. Danny Williams each and every day. We salute you!