Dorita L. Hatchett
(Taking Your Big VISION and Brilliant Ideas and turning them into a STAR-Quality Event!)
Dorita moved to Houston in 1991 after working three years as the Director of Student Activities and Summer Conferences and Programs at her undergraduate alma mater, Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. While holding that position, the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators voted and named Dorita as the New Professional of the Year. She spent 11 years as the Director of Student Activities and New Student Orientation at The University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, with responsibilities for programming, leadership development, publications, and facility management.
Dorita obtained her MBA in Business in 1994 at The University of St. Thomas while continuing to serve as a volunteer and leader with many associations related to her field, as well as for the National Association for Campus Activities. Positions held included Membership Director, Conference Coordinator, and Regional Coordinator. Most notably, Dorita was the first African American woman to serve as the National Convention Chair in 2001 held in Nashville, Tennessee, requiring management of a volunteer committee of individuals from around the country. Dorita’s outstanding performance earned her the distinction of being recognized as the Director of the Year, a recipient of the Larry Markley Award for Volunteer Leadership, and an induction as an Honorary Trustee in 2010.
For seven years at the University of Houston (UH), Dorita was able to actively engage many alumni, community groups, and individuals in her role as the Assistant Director of Special Events for the Chancellor and President and in her position as a Director of Development. She co-wrote and established The African American Initiative for Scholarships Endowment and assisted with raising funds from individual donors while working closely with alumni organizations to raise close to $200,000 in its first year to assist students. She received the Grand Gold Award for Alumni Special Project and Fundraising in the CASE National and Regional Awards Competition. As an active member of the Black Leadership Network, she coordinated and managed annual programs to celebrate culturally significant holidays and raised funds to host events for high school students, staff, and faculty.
She served as the Development Director for the College of Education at UH before leaving in the summer of 2011 to become the Downtown Construction Liaison for the METRO Rail Expansion project. In this role Dorita was primarily responsible for communicating with over 100 stakeholder contacts in downtown Houston, METRO Transit Authority stakeholders and the construction team and sub-contractors concerning community and project interface issues within the corridor. This daily contact provided stakeholder mitigation of concerns, public relations to affected businesses during the project, and proactive problem solving to lessen the impact of construction upon the community.