Two sisters soar in careers
by Courtney Stevens
Aug 18, 2013 | 3620 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dr. Kimberly V. Marks (Franklin) and Shirlethia V. Franklin have become notary Mississippi trailblazers.

Franklin was recently chosen to be a White House Fellow where she will spend the next year working at the Department of Justice in Washington D.C.

“I am truly honored and blessed to have been selected as a White House Fellow,” said Franklin. "As is expected of all White House Fellows, I will humbly rise to the challenge of repaying the privilege of participating in the Fellowship program by ultimately contributing the knowledge and tools gained from this experience to my community, the State of Mississippi, and the nation.

"Firmly believing in the adage, 'to whom much is given, much is required,' I hope to continue to use my life to be of service to others and as an example that all things are possible.”

Franklin, 31, is a senior associate with the law firm Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta, Ga. She and her sister Marks are the daughters of Shirley Franklin and the granddaughters of the late Edgar and Herstine Franklin.

"I will be working at the Department of Justice," said Franklin. "You are paired with senior leaders in the country and each fellow will be with a different agency."

According to the White House Fellows, White House Fellows program is one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service.

Selected individuals typically spend a year working as a full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis.

Franklin’s sister has just as much to be celebrated with the her recent nomination and induction the the Consortium of Doctors class of 2013. Marks received her nomination and induction at their 22nd Annual Conference held in Chicago in July.

“I consider it a privilege to be allowed entry into such an esteemed organization,” said Marks. “I was pleasantly surprised when initially contacted regarding the nomination because I did not deem myself seasoned enough to stand beside such brilliant and accomplished women.

“I have to keep reminding myself of the words of Ralph Marston, ‘Consider it a privilege to be right where you are, doing precisely what you’re doing and you’ll find opportunities for true fulfillment in every direction’, “ she said.

The Consortium of Doctors, Ltd. are “African American women who have completed doctorate degrees from nationally accredited institutions and have made contributions beyond the realm of the ordinary to enhance the lives of humankind.”

Marks, the wife of Rev. Dr. Bryant T. Marks, and the mother of two daughters, is a nationally certified and state licensed counselor who holds a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology and a Masters Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

She is currently a Senior Relationship Manager for Curriculum and Faculty Enhancement at the Institute for Capacity Building of the United Negro College Fund.

When asked how she felt about the achievements of her two daughters, proud mother Shirley Franklin had difficulty finding the right words.

"I am just so proud of my girls I don't even know what to say,” she said. “I mean wow. They've done so well. I'm so proud."