Show Date: October 31st, 2018
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Founder and President
Established in 2005, The AAF is committed to increasing awareness, promoting prevention, enhancing treatment and advancing the cure of sickle cell disease. The Aaron Ardoin Foundation continues to serve its mission by awarding grants to non-profit organizations committed to helping those who suffer the scourge of sickle cell disease. AAF has awarded over $400,000 in grants to projects ranging from the establishment of an endowed sickle cell visiting professorship to community based enrichment and educational activities, medically supervised summer camps for children with sickle cell disease, community engagement and awareness forums, and the establishment of “crisis funds” at sickle cell clinics.
Professionally, Priscilla enjoyed a storied career in telecommunications for thirty-two years. She is a seasoned senior career executive with experience in corporate, civic and public policy arenas.
Priscilla Hill-Ardoin was a pioneer at AT&T, having served as the company’s first chief privacy officer. She established and led AT&T’s first enterprise-wide regulatory compliance organization. As the company’s first diversity officer, she helped lay the foundation for a culture of genuine diversity that has enabled AT&T to become exemplary in this area. During her tenure, she served as President-SBC Missouri, led AT&T’s federal regulatory operations in Washington, DC, and chaired the board of the corporation’s multimillion dollar foundation, which partnered with educational institutions and non-profit organizations to enhance the quality of life in communities across the nation.
Priscilla began her career in academics at Prairie View A&M University, where she established a four-year degree program in the study of communications.
Hill-Ardoin has become recognized through the years for her philanthropy and community service and she is the recipient of numerous awards. Among them:
> The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s Tribute to Women Business Leaders Legacy Award
> United Negro College Fund Excellence in Education Award
> Voices for Children Super Hero Award
> Girls Inc. Strong Smart and Bold Award
> Congressional Black Women Opening the Pipeline Award
> Purdue Distinguished Alumni Award
> Washington University Distinguished Alumni Award
> Drury College Distinguished Alumni Award
She has been inducted into the Minority Media and Telecom Council Hall of Fame in Washington, DC.
Currently, Hill-Ardoin serves as a director for Enterprise Holdings, Inc. She is also a:
> Washington University Trustee
> Director for Haven for Hope Transformational Center for the Homeless in San Antonio, TX, (and)
> External advisory committee member of the Vanderbilt-Meharry-Matthew Walker Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease in Nashville, TN.
Hill-Ardoin holds the following degrees:
> Bachelor’s Degree from Drury College,
> Master’s degree from Purdue University
> MBA from Washington University in St. Louis (and)
> Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University School of Law.