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2017 Lola M. Parker Achievement Award

Lola M. Parker Outstanding Business Woman  (2017)


Iota Phi Lambda’s 2017 Lola M. Parker Achievement Award Winner is Audrey Dutton Davis.

CEO and Director of Dimples A*Cat*A*Me Childcare and Learning Center

Residential and Commercial Builder and Contractor

Entrepreneur, Owner and Investor of  Residential Housing and Commercial Businesses

Audrey is a native Houstonian. She is a graduate of Texas Southern University with a Masters Degree in Education. She is the widow of Edwin E. Davis, a past National President of  The Men of Iota. She began her career with AT&T then later Lucent’s Technologies as a Technical Supervisor. She was reared by her mother Roselene Shelby Jones, who provided the guidance that encouraged her to endeavor into entrepreneurship. Upon retirement, she became a residential and commercial contractor , a business owner and home and residential apartment owner. The three-business interest developed into one unit because of the desire to accommodate the community being served.  She reached out to the community and build under her Contracting Service a complex called Java Apartments.  These apartments allowed a source of developing affordable housing in the community.  From this income Audrey’s Contracting Services has purchased and remodeled over 18 affordable homes for the citizens in the community. and the finances from both has allowed for the development of Dimples A*Cat*A*Me Childcare and Learning Center which is opened within the same community. She is an active community volunteer. She presently serves as President for the Clinton Park Area Civic Association; Treasurer for Park Area Council City of’ Houston and a member of Houston Community Advisory-Panel-Port of Houston. She is involved in a youth mentoring program which recognizes Iota Phi Lambda Sorority. She has developed scholarship programs for various chapters. First the  “Houston Area Young Scholars” program recognizing. “200” area youth annually in Alpha Kappa Chapter, Pearl of Service program  in Epsilon Sigma chapter and The Wheel of Career Program in Epsilon Phi Chapter.

Audrey is a 24 year member of Iota initially joining Alpha kappa Chapter. Audrey was instrumental with chartering Epsilon Sigma Chapter 2013 and Epsilon Phi Chapter which was established January 9, 2016 in the Southwestern Region.  She currently serves as President of this chapter. The membership in Epsilon Phi chapter has grown from 10 to 27 members in just one year.

She is also a 47-year member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Audrey is a Member of the National Association of Female Executives, Houston Area, Texas and: National Association for the Education of Young Children, the American Association of University Women, Texas Licensed Childcare Association, Life member of the NAACP, the Southern Poverty Law Center Leadership Council, National Council of Negro Women, and Texas Southern Alumni.

She has been recognized by the International Executive Guild, Dunn & Bradstreet,
Lexington’s Who’s Who, The Heritage Registry of Who’s. Who, Channel B News for
Excellence in Childcare, awarded the highest rating for Childcare in the State of Texas, and placed on the Wall of Tolerance in Atlanta, Georgia.