The Geraldine P. Woods Sciences Award

Soror Kim Woodson Barnette, 2018 Geraldine P. Woods Sciences Award Recipient

Congratulations to Dr. Kim Woodson Barnette on receiving the  Geraldine P. Woods Sciences Award  for her excellence in science. Her 20 years of experience in diverse science fields mirror that of Dr. Woods.  Soror Barnette is a skilled facilitator, executive leader, program evaluator, academic trainer, and strong advocate for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) .

Dr. Kim  Barnette is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Saone Partners, LLC,  which was established in 2017 to address the under representation of women in STEAM  fields  and the emergent need for advocacy and workforce development.  STEAM is the 21st century incubator for bringing ideas to opportunities. Seeing the future, Saone is positioned to provide research, analysis,  transformative solutions, workforce development, performance management, and K-20 education initiatives in STEAM.

Dr. Barnette received her Bachelor of Science degree from Spelman College in 1992, the Master of Science degree in applied mathematics from Clark Atlanta University in 1994,  Master of Science degree in operations research and her Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in 2000. Even while pursuing her Ph.D. in a STEM field, Dr. Barnette starred in a major theatrical production. Kim firmly believes that having the balance of the arts and science allows her to remain well rounded and grounded while achieving her goals.

Dr. Barnette has served as a visiting professor of mathematics at the University of the District of Columbia since 2011. She is also the inaugural board member of Imagination Stage DC.  To hone her skills, she continues to teach classes in statistics, calculus for business, finite math, discrete, linear algebra and quantitative reasoning. Prior to founding Soane  Partners, Dr. Barnette served as Chief Operating Officer of Delta Decisions of DC, LLC, an analytics consulting firm that she co-founded in 2006. Under Dr. Barnette’s leadership, Delta Decisions of DC, LLC won numerous federal contracts as either prime contractor or subcontractor with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Federal Housing Authority (FHA), and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Dr. Barnette has a wealth of experience as management consultant, project director, and senior researcher supporting local and Federal Government agencies by translating their data into useful knowledge and information to improve processes, optimize performance and make quantitatively-based decisions.


This award honors Soror Geraldine P. Woods who was the 13th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  Soror Woods was a neuroembryologist who launched the Minority Biomedical Support and Minority Access to Research Careers programs for the National Institutes of Health, which helped undergraduate and graduate students and professors pay for tuition, supplies and equipment.  More than 20,000 students in 100 institutions benefited from this program since its inception in 1972.

In 1967 under Dr.  Woods’ leadership, Delta Sigma Theta founded the Delta Research and Education Foundation (DREF), a nonprofit that aids organizations with foundations in community service.  Dr. Woods’ community development activities caught the eye of Lady Bird Johnson who invited her  to the White House to help launch the Head Start Program, a US anti-poverty program.  President Johnson later appointed her as Chairman of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, a committee that aids women serving in the US Armed Services.

Soror Woods received her undergraduate degree from Howard University, where she was later the first woman to serve as Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees. She received her Master of Science and PH.D. in neuro-embryology in three years from the Radcliffe College and Harvard University partnership program.  She was elected into Phi Beta Kappa, a national honor society, for her scholastic achievement.

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