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The Links, Incorporated, is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of nearly 15,000 professional women of color in 289 chapters. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

Founders of the The Links, Incorporated, and National Presidents.


Dr. Glenda Newell Harris, 16th National President of The Links, Incorporated, and Phyllis Harris, the 1st Chapter President of the Northwest Arkansas (AR) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated.

On April 1, 2017, a group of accomplished African American women from Benton, Sebastian and Washington counties, were brought together by Phyllis Harris, Myra McKenzie-Harris, LaNelle Owens and Amber Lee Williams to establish the Northwest Arkansas Women of Distinction (NWAWOD).

Saving Grace

Soul of a Nation

In July 2015, Phyllis Harris, our current chapter president, participated on a panel with Dr. Glenda Newell-Harris, the 16th National President of The Links, Incorporated. This chance meeting ignited an undertaking that would make history and forever change the Northwest Arkansas community.

Northwest Arkansas Women of Distinction.

Over the next 12 months, NWAWOD focused on making a significant and transformative impact in the Northwest Arkansas community through civic projects including, but not limited to: assisting young women transition who have aged out of foster care through a partnership with Saving Grace; assessing the needs of abused children of color resulting in the donation of diverse “Friendship Dolls” to support play therapy at the Children’s Advocacy Center; hosting an art workshop with Art Ventures to educate children through sixth grade on black artists and works of art; and partnering with the nationally renowned Crystal Bridges Museum to promote “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power,” an acclaimed exhibit of black art depicting the black experience from the 1960’s through early 1980’s.​


On April 28, 2018, these thirty-three women became the Northwest Arkansas (AR) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated (Chapter). The Chapter's vision of infusing black heritage and transformational programs into the fabric of the community aims to enrich the Northwest Arkansas experience for both young and old by focusing on the cultural, educational and health and wellness needs of the Northwest Arkansas black community.

Chartering Chapter Officers

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in The Links, Incorporated

in The Links, Incorporated


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Since the last chapter 

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in the state of Arkansas

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